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    What kind of carrying bag do you use?

    So what kind of bag or tote or whatever do you use to carry all your supplies in and sketchbook etc?
    I was in the Marine Corps so I love to be very organized,
    So I was looking at the Sketchbook/Bag/Case at sheldonsartacademy.com, The Solution, as well as the Deviant Art Artists Bag with the Sketch Insert and Wacom Insert. Also I was looking at the Just Stow It Messenger Bag.
    I really like the DA one cause it fits the laptop, sketchpads and pencils/pens etc, and wacom tablet. Now I use my macbook 13in with a bamboo when about, and my cintiq when at home with my macbook pro 17in. I wanted something all around for all my supplies and sketchbook so the sketchbook at sheldons looks really nice, although the deviant art one would let me carry my laptop and tablet as well which I do sometimes as it is, I just dont know if it has enough storage.
    What all does everyone have out there? I prefer messenger style.


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    I've used a variety over the years, most of them are decent. Currently I'm using a canvas "army surplus" looking thing, does the trick well enough. It's really just about what you like and what you don't.

    Try to look for one with a comfortable strap, wide and somewhat thick. The thin nylon straps get uncomfortable, and while lots have those little adjustable pads attached to the strap, I always found them to be a pain in the ass.

    Also, since you mentioned you'll be lugging a laptop around with you, something with a padded laptop pocket couldn't hurt.

    Otherwise, go nuts!
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    I just use my hands unless it's something big like newsprint. But then again all I use is my sketchbook and a few pencils.
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    I have a soft leather Tumi Brief called an Alpha, it holds my 17 inch laptop and just about everything else I want to put in it. It is extremely well designed.

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    I take a simple plastic bag if it's too big for my backpack. Simple, cheap and efficient.
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    Well besides the obvious plastic bag, I coulda figured that out. Hehe.

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    I just use a backpack and with a laptop sleeve these days. I have been through enough messenger bags, canvas/nylon/for laptops/not for laptops and ultimately I end up going back to backpacks. I do have a targus backpack kicking around as well I might use that one pretty soon.
    Pretty much what ever is comfortable and works for you, if you have a backpack you like then just get a decent sleeve for the laptop but you did mention a myriad of other things as well.

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    I had a messenger bag for about five years now. I loved it because I could reach within my bag with little effort. About a year ago I was required to bring a laptop to my internship and after about two weeks I got some serious ache in my back and shoulder from the weight. I had a 7 year old laptop back then weighing about 9 pounds.

    I had to switch to a backpack. But as soon as I did, the pain slowly went away and I got used to the backpack. I recently bought a new backpack: this one. And I love it. I can carry my 12 inch netbook, wacom tablet, sketchbook and a lot of more stuff where ever I go. And the front pocket is a cooler pocket so my drinks stay cool (and they really do!) when I go outside.

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    For home, all my pencils and whatnot go into an old geometry kit and my sketchbooks and papers go into an burlap basmati rice bag. The two just dash into my purse after that.

    But for conventions, I was lucky enough to happen upon a large portfolio bag that gets me from place to place.
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    I have the average girl-bag, for lack of a better word. One without any specific form other than that of a bindle and only one mayor compartment. I don't carry a laptop and the rest of the things are just thrown into the bag, my sketchbook's a pretty descent size so I have no trouble finding that.

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    Back Pack/Plastic Bag. Whatever seems the most convinient.
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    The deviant art bag with the sketch artist and wacom add on seems perfect, although might need to add a pencil/pen holder to it..

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    I use a standard JanSport backpack which I've customized with interior pockets and pouches. Its a sleeper.
    And do be sure to check out my sketchbook if you have time!
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    - A simple $3 dice bag I got from a comic shop with a huge D&D section. Contents:
    -- 2 pencils (1 blue, 1 HB), I .5 Mech pencil (Retractible, 2B)
    -- 4 shortened nibholders (All different)
    --- a tin of dip pens:
    ---- Brause 66ef, 180 m/m, 361
    ---- William Mitchells scroll 40 (Saves twice the time crosshatching!)
    ---- Brandeur Figaro 208 (Big, wet lines. Uses lots of ink fast, but nice.)
    ---- Leonardt Crown 41 and 700 (Leonardt makes cheap knock-offs, but these are okay.)
    ---- Zebra G comic nib (Medium flex)
    ---- Gillott 850 superfine, long shoulder (These nibs are so delicate I barely touch them for fear of damaging them. Nice lines, though.)
    ---- 2 Mitchell #2 slip-on reservoirs
    --- And a bit of scrap cloth to lay over the nibs before I close the tin.
    -- DIY Altoids tin watercolor tray
    -- A few small containers with various acrylic colors
    -- Some plastic water bottle caps just because
    -- 8ml squeeze bottle of india ink (Used to have eyedrops)
    -- Really tiny Tobasco bottle that now has ammonia
    -- 2 scraps of cloth, one for nibs, one for WC
    -- Hotel shampoo bottle of water

    And whatever sketchbooks I feel like taking (Usually 6x4" Pentalic modeskine). The dice bag shouldn't weigh more than a few ounces, even with the liquid containers full.
    Last edited by GammaRadiation-X; August 18th, 2010 at 10:24 PM. Reason: herp aderp gotta keep the indents consistent

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