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    Post your sketching gear.

    As much as pencils have served me for all these years, I'm looking foward to expand my sketching into more creative venues, and figured that I could find more info here, and also I am genuinely interested in knowing what you guys carry with yourselves to sketch. I'll start, this is a pretty short list for sure:

    4h 2h hb 2b 4b and sometimes a 6b derwent pencils
    A 12 colored pencil box (derwent "coloursoft") and some random prismas
    ballpoint pen
    super cheap white page notebook (the ones that go around 1 buck) mainly to let myself lose and not ruining the "expensive " paper
    kneaded eraser
    exacto knife
    small piece of sandpaper

    And that's it. Looking to expand into that. So people, what is your sketching gear?
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    Small case of Tombow Pencils
    (4H, 3H, 2H, H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B*, 4B, 5B, 6B)
    *Three beers, and it looks good, eh.

    Cheap 50 page sketch pad.

    Pink Pearl eraser

    Small Sharpener

    Small Triangle

    Copic Pen/Marker case

    And sometimes a white-out pen.
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    Oof, I always feel like an artistic outcast when it comes to stuff like this, but my "always with me" gear includes:
    Derwent Graphic 3B and 5B pencils (two mainly if other breaks because I don't carry a sharpener)
    Sakura Micron 03 and 01 pens
    A random eraser I kidnapped from school which is surprisingly good
    A ballpoint pen
    Case of 0,7 HB lead for my mechanical pencil... that's lost.
    And extreamo cheapo A5 sketchbook from a local Tiimari (I guess a "dollar store" would be kind of an equivalent) which oddly has proved to be the best damn sketchbook I've had.

    But my "fancier" set includes stuff like Pentel brushpen, Copics and... metallic coloured pencils I bought when I was 14...
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    I sketch mostly on A4 80 g plain printer paper, or 120 g custom-cut cartridge paper for larger work.

    I fluctuate from sketching with a graphite stick on a pad to sketching with a sharp HB pencil on a hard support. Then back again. Dunno why.

    I also use red and black pencils a lot. And other colored pencils to mark areas in complex drawings.

    However, my full kit includes: 3B graphite stick, HB pencil, 0.5 mm mechanical pencil, red, gray and black pencil, H, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B graphite pencils, "Negro" pencil, six pencil extenders, kneaded eraser, plastic eraser, precision eraser in a plastic handle, xacto knife, half a needle, brass pencil sharpener, a small ruler, a tiny Moleskin notebook, four Copic technical pens (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.7 mm), a Kuretake brush pen, plus spare ink capsules and spare pencils. I might add red and blue 0.5 mm pencils to it. It's all zipped in a cheapass three-compartment school pen holder with elastic bands.
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    Hmm. I'm a bit more barebones for going out on the town. I always keep a:

    5x7 wirebound sketchbook (the pages bend back easily and I can brace it with the same hand I'm holding it with)
    .5mm zebra mechanical pencil
    an HB whatever pencil
    alvin brass barrel pencil sharpener (love this thing)
    magic rub eraser stick
    Uniball Micro ballpoint (.5mm)

    I'm in the market for a good brush pen, and I should really think about adding a graphite stick to the mix...
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    My usual kit:

    -Pentalic 8 x 5.5 wirebound
    -Pentel .5mm mechanical loaded with HB
    -Mars eraser
    -A whole shitload of 4H and 5H pencils
    -Bic fine-tip markers

    Pretty cheap, and I can stow the entire kit into one of my cargo pants pockets.
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    If I'm going somewhere where I can spread out my stuff and get comfy (like a life-drawing session), I usually bring:

    A 9" x 12 " sketchpad (something not too fancy or expensive, it's gonna get filled with mostly junk...)
    A 5.5" x 8.5" Strathmore 400 Series Sketchbook
    A dinky little pencil sharpener
    And my ugly bag of mystery pencils - I honestly don't know exactly what's in there anymore, possibly new graphite-blackened life-forms, but the stuff I use most often from that bag includes:
    - Regular old Ticonderoga #2 pencils
    - Ebony pencils
    - Various sizes of graphite sticks and woodless pencils
    - Assorted brown pencils
    - "Venus Midnight" pencils (very black)
    - Non-photo blue col-erase pencils
    - A white plastic stick-eraser
    - A pink rubber stick-eraser

    For some sessions I also bring a crowquill pen, assorted watercolor and sumi brushes, a bottle of black ink, and assorted bottles of colored ink (whatever colors I don't care about squandering, because I'm going to get messy and probably spill half of them.) And a jar of water.

    And a bottle of water to drink.


    If I'm going out to sketch an event or just taking sketching stuff along on a ramble, I usually bring:

    A 5.5" x 8.5" Strathmore 400 Series Sketchbook (Maybe two of these if I'm going to some all-day event, because I can fill one of those sketchbooks at one long event, easy...)
    A white plastic stick-eraser
    A pink rubber stick-eraser if I can find one in my mess...
    A dinky little sharpener
    And either a handful of regular old Ticonderoga #2 pencils or my ugly bag-o'-mystery-pencils (just a handful of pencils if I'm packing light.)
    And water.

    Lately I'm thinking about getting a stylus for my phone so I can sketch those random things that come up when I'm making a grocery run or something and haven't brought any gear... (I've tried the finger-painting thing. It makes me want to tear my hair out.)
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    If it is just out-and-about sketching stuff, like I would have in my car for spontaneous sketching, I just have a good ol #2 pencil that my dog hasn't eaten, whatever eraser my dog hasn't eaten and a cheap sketch pad. I don't bother with fancy stuff for just sketching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    half a needle
    What's that about?
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    HB mechanical pencil, and a sketchbook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manlybrian View Post
    What's that about?
    Half a needle? Sgraffito and impressed line on colored pencils. I fix it in the xacto holder in place of the blade when I want to use it.

    Looks like I forgot to mention the spare leads for 0.5 mm pencil, a blending stump and a thoroughly empty ballpoint pen (again, used for impressed line). The kneaded eraser lives in its own mini-Altoid tin. Since someone wanted photos, here's my kit:
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    Oh what a good idea that of posting the photos. I recently( as of, today) added a box of 12 watercolor pencils to the mix, just to try them. Will post pics once I find a decent camera. And most of you people are quite pragmatic when it comes to sketching :p and here i thought I was spartan.

    That no erasing policy is something I try and often fail to implent, so thats why I use pens for when I want to push myself into really thinking on what im puting on the paper. also, forgot to mention a 0.5 mechanical pencil, also purchased very recently. It's awesome to have this many responses! keep it going people ^^
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    My sketching gear is shown below. The upper photo is my field kit. I am minimalist in the field with a 4 pen set of Pitt artist pens and a mid size (about 5 x 7) coil back sketch book.

    The second photo is my studio kit. It is much more complete as you can see and I use an 8x10 sketchbook. The only thing missing is my Koi pocket watercolour kit for quick colour sketches.
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