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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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    Post your sketching gear.

    Fits nicely into the backpack I carry everywhere I go and not too heavy. Plan to add a few more things later but it has the necessities.

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    I just keep everything in my backpack, which also has more sketchbooks, pens, pencils, erasers, a ruler, etc.

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    Tools wise I'm definitely a Staedtler wh*re, just can't go wrong with them in terms of quality. I prefer lead holders over wooden sleeved pencils, 2mm leads not those silly needle-thin 0.9's and lower nonsense. Staedtler 2mm lead sharpener works a charm, only flaw is it leaks graphite everywhere so empty it before chucking it back in your bag.

    Derwent Red label hardback sketchbooks are my fave for pencil sketching, not even Moleskine can match them in that area, though Moleskines are better for using wet media because of the thick paper. I made a habit of never using an eraser when out sketching so I never pack one. I'd rather let mistakes happen than constantly afraid of making one, mothering the shit out of drawings.

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    Really envious that you guys can do so much with so little. Post your sketching gear.

    I guess I'm the typical newb - lots of stuff that I don't really (know how to) use.

    This is the "regular" or "studio" that I carry around when I'm going somewhere I know there are good chances I might get to draw (I have a big bag)... Pencils and graphite sticks range from HB to 8B (not that I use them all ), charcoals, chalks in pencil to try the media.
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    Emergency that I carry in my purse for sketching in the bus or train and such. The mechanicals are B, 4B and 8B.
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    jouzinka, Gez that's one virgin-looking set of pencils you have there, USE EM!!! ;p Even the pencil case looks too clean and healthy!

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    I use 'em! Post your sketching gear. The wrap looks brand new because it is - bought it two days ago.

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    haha OMG !! you guys bring so much stuff with you! Yesterday I sat in a cafe for 3 hours sketching and drawing and I was just fine with these. And I always am. This is what I ALWAYS carry with me. Sometimes, If I'm in the mood I might take colors and different kind of pencils etc. but I rarely carry them around. I just tend to get all over the place if I have too much stuff with me so I keep all the fancy stuff at home.

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    keepin it simple....

    sometimes i get by with loose printer paper, a kneaded eraser, and a mechanical pencil.

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    My wife (and resident buzzkill) pointed out that my field sketchbook showed my interpretation of another artist's work on display at the Glenbow museum in Calgary. In the interests of full disclosure and giving credit where credit is due, the artist is Stephen Hutchings and here is his website.

    Awesome work!

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    I am finding this thread really interesting. So I thought I would add my 2 pennies Just started to get into this...

    Derwent Graphic - 2H & 2B
    Unipin Fine Line - 0.2 & 0.5
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    Underneath is a clipboard with A4 copy paper, that I don't take out.

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    I'm a sucker for a good 'show off your toys' topic.

    1. My pencil tin. So old and battered it needs the elastic bands to keep it together, but I'll keep using it 'til it crumbles to dust or my hands fall off. It sits by me at home and gets trussed up for expeditions.
    2. In situ.
    3. The stuff. Wood pencils: HB (soft HB); 2B; 3B; 4B; 6B. Other graphite pencils: 0.5 HB; 0.7 B; 0.9 HB; 2mm 3B. Other pencils: ivory black Derwent drawing; copy blue (couldn't find these years ago, then I stumbled across some a couple of weeks past. Pity my old ideas of comic artistry fizzled out in the meantime); charcoal; white pastel. Pens: gotta have at least a couple of liners at hand; also a Pentel brush pen (but see copy blue comment). Mechanical leads. Knife. Glass paper. 2mm lead sharpener. Erasers.
    Edit: just received some (IMO) better Derwent pencil extenders. And found out Berol Venus pencils were discontinued! I need to get a glass case.
    4. Emergency cheap memo pad and 0.5 HB mech pencil, always kept in my coat pocket. Almost never used, though. Wave them goodbye, everyone. I'll probably go for a wider, softer lead; and I can't get moleskines out of my head since that recent topic.

    For paper, I use a few sizes, brands, and qualities (usually low). I have a soft spot for the old Daler-Rowney red 'n' yellow spiral pads, though, for out and about.

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    Wow, you guys have pencil cases...with pencils and more pencils... and all...*jealous*

    Here`s mine - basic set up (Moleskine, H, B, HB pencils, 0,35 mechanical pencil and 2 erasers - crappy pencil one, and a big "magical" one i absolutely , just like that gray/silver colored pencil I`ve had for 4 years now and consider it to be THE BEST birthday present I got - ever! ). Also - no camera, so here`s a crappy sketch

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    I'm impressed!

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    PxelSlayer, Wow! your like a human camera! show off :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by PxelSlayer View Post
    Also - no camera, so here`s a crappy sketch
    Haha! You know you're at a good art forum when somebody says, "Sorry, I don't have a camera to photograph my art supplies. Here, let me just paint them for you."



    @Thatfatkid You do not have nearly enough artwork posted on these forums for the amount of supplies you possess. Get on that!

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