okay, so i get asked about my sketchbook materials pretty consistently and though i already have a post about it here, that post is over two years old.
first off, i should start by saying that i don’t really have any brand consistency with sketchbooks. i just go to a store and find whatever feels nice, is a good size (8.5x11 or 9x12 are my favorites), and has reasonably thick paper. canson tends to have good sketchbooks and the naturesketch is pretty consistently good too.
anyway, in order of most to least used:
1. left to right: red lead mechanical pencil, sharpie fine liner, Pentel felt tip pen, Pentel pocket brush, various gold pens (gel xtreme), gold sharpie, white pens (uniball), and white out (presto!). most of these are under $5 each except the pocket brush, which is usually $10-20 depending on if it comes with refills or not.
2. various tombow water based markers, used mostly when I’m on the go, about $2-4 each depending on the store.
3. copic 72 marker set, bought on sale about six or seven years ago. Only used at home and at conventions, not for on the go work cuz it’s not very portable. these run around $300 now but i got mine for about $150
4. miscellaneous copic and prismacolor markers collected between ten and five years ago. i only use these at home, they are a pain to transport. each marker ranged from $3-5 depending on when i bought it. i know retail on them now can go up to $8 a piece now, which is highly unfortunate.
5. 132 set of prismacolor colored pencils given to me by michelle when she moved across the country. I only use these at home.
6. watercolor sets (left is from michaels, right is koi water colors) given to me on different birthdays by different friends, used once every few months when I feel like chancing the integrity of my sketchbook paper. i think they’re both somewhere between $10-15.
these are just the materials i use, mostly because i have built up a stockpile over the past ten or so years. but in all honesty i draw with pretty much anything i can get my hands on. ballpoint pen, china markers, pastel, washable markers, whatever. there were quite a few years when, mostly because of money, all i did all day every day was fill up cheap sketchbooks from end to end with solid ballpoint pen doodles. basically: having lots of materials is nice, but you don’t need all this stuff to have fun and art it out. if i hadn’t already paid for and accumulated this mess over the years i would probably just end up drawing with like two markers and my inking brush.
photos from my instagram
It’s (sort of) my last week of uni (ever). Not seen: the huge mess I made cutting these out.
I woke up the morning to find the skeleton army collecting in my kitchen.