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June 23rd, 2006, 01:00 AM
I am a struggling artist (literally), and I wanted to know what kind of tools people use to create the magic that you do. I'm more interested in the traditional materials that you use, i.e; pencils (brands, hardness/softness, etc), paper (brand, thickness, color, acid free or copier, etc), eraser (tacky, stick, etc)...You get the idea. I am trying to get back into the mood but when I come here, I get depressed because I'll never be as good as Mike Corriero, alien, fozzy bar, etc. I look at the sketchbooks and follow the examples they do....
Anywho, enough self-deprication :), What are your tools and how often are you renewing them? If you use only digital media (photoshop, painter, 3DSM, etc) then add those in there and any helpful hints or links that others like me could use to become better conceptart.org members and contributors to society.
June 23rd, 2006, 01:29 AM
Whatever's within arm's reach. No... seriously I don't even know what half the crap in here is.
June 23rd, 2006, 01:30 AM
Pencils: a good HB pencil. I'm not too particular on brands, but some people swear by Staedler. A lot of people actually use a regular #2 school pencil.
Erasers: Magic Rub, Staedler plastic eraser (the white one) or Kneaded erasers are pretty good.
Paper: I prefer something that has a tooth to it, like actual sketch paper or, if not that, maybe Strathmore Bristol Vellum.
I do admit, though, that I have a thing for sketching on notebook paper :)
Anyway, that's what I prefer.
June 23rd, 2006, 02:28 AM
I'm a Staedler pencil cult follower. Tried many others and came back to using Staedtler ( use a clutch pencil by them now as it's better - no stubs! ).
In regards to paper, if you rub out heaps I'd invest in some expensive stuff . I compared 2 pads - 1 Jasart and one store branded (store branded was nearly double the price) and come out that it was worth to pay more. The jasart pad paper degraded much faster then store branded stuff.
Oh and Moleskine journals rule! I bought a little Moleskine sketch journal (about 14cm x 9cm) and I gotta say the paper is very nice, and it's a perfect portable size with plenty of durability!
June 23rd, 2006, 04:44 AM
I buy brands that i know work for me, in terms of paper / pens / pencils. I also pick up something i haven't tried before when i go shopping. I always have cheap printing paper for when i just want to try something, and supercheap paper i buy in rolls. Then i pretty much use what i feel like using and stop buying what i find doesn't work for me after a while.
There are no "magic tools", just use what you feel like using. Sometimes i use sharpies in a mini sketchbook, then i draw with pencils on a huge piece of paper, or use charcoal and white chalk on toned paper. Just go crazy and keep a certain amount of your money each month to buy new stuff. It helps keep things fresh.
June 24th, 2006, 03:31 AM
Thanks for the replies peeps. I too use whatever is at hand. Recently, I bought a Canson basic sketchbook (I'll upload my first day of sketching soon!) and some Derwint pencils, medium. I use Staedtler some times, it was my first set of sketching materials!
Do you all have any techniques that you all use when you sketch or get ready to make a "final concept"? I usually just make gestures or refined gestures of subjects and then make hard lines and go from there. You all do anything different?
June 24th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Pencils: Mech 0.3 and 0.5 and sometimes i go wild with a hb wood pen.
Paper, same crap you use in your copymachine or printer.
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