I am wondering which drawing equipment I should buy for sketchbook usage (or general learning). Any recommendations ?
Doesn't really matter if you don't have a specific goal in mind. I was only using BIC mechanical pencils until a month or two ago, and I still break them out when I don't feel like carrying a bunch of pencils around. As long as it makes a mark, you're good.
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Get a box cutter/knife so you can sharpen pencils to get a nice point/wedge! Have a folder you can stuff with printer paper. Get some kneaded erasers and wooden pencils(4B, 2B, B, HB). You'll be set with that for a while(this is all I ever really use).
for a class I need this equipment:
STAEDTLER pigment liner,
warm grays Sharpie Water-Based Paint Marker Fine, or white gel pen Toned paper, heavy weight
However, I do not know "which" markers/pigment liners and if there are alternatives for them.
I use Pentel's pocket brush pen along with a grey pen and I adore it. I sometimes doodle in ballpoint pen and then use the brush pen to add shadow. It doesn't go through the thin pages of my sketchbook and after a few days of practice to get the hang of it it's significantly improved my ability to use a brush outside my sketchbook too.
Otherwise, you will have to experiment. Personally I use H or 2H pencils and a variety of pigment pens and brush pens, because soft pencils smear like crazy when you shut the sketchbook. I also have a watercolour sketchbook, for use with watercolours and ink washes.
thanks for the advice, both of you
Will be ordering the Pentel Pocket Brush for sure. I am still not sure which markers to get though..
Your sketchbook is a place for study AND experimentation. It's where you make notes when that ghost of an image passes through your mind. It's where you jot down ideas that you had in the middle of the night. It's where you make scribbles of people on the bus, or that pretty girl sitting two tables away in the restaurant. It's where you try out things you haven't done before and aren't sure will work- ideas or techniques or mediums.
What I'm trying to say is- don't get hung up on what you use in your sketchbooks. Use everything. I've seen sketchbooks with graphite, marker, ink, acrylics, oil washes, and freaking crayons. You'll need that freedom just to escape the monotony now and then, because your study (and later, work) don't give you as much room to explore.
good point Sidharth !
Hi guys, just wondering, but is there such a thing as a opaque white marker? Basically a fineliner / pen (not those big thick ones) but produces opaque white ink.
The ones I've been seeing so far are all translucent markers. I'm looking for the one Peter Han uses in one of his CGMW videos where he uses grey markers and a white ink pen on a toned sketchbook.
Would appreciate if anyone can throw up any names or brands here.
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For learning try out any pen/pencil/marker. If you have pens at home use these, if your not satisfied go buy a different kind. Don't spend too much money on it, you might find something that's cheap but will serve the purpose. Only con I noticed on cheap fine-liners is that they aren't suitable for water coloring.
You can use anything. My professor drew on butcher paper when he was a student, in the art of animal character design by David Colman. He did character design drawings on plain writing paper with pencil and pen.
I use the 0.05 of these things: http://www.bristolfineart.co.uk/cpim...oom/pin001.jpg
And some varieties of these : http://www.tahtakalehobi.com/images/...g-pen-px-6.jpg
And of course some pencils, usually faber.
I also suggest going for cheaper stuff. Cheap but good stuff.
I use the Pilot V7 & V5 Techpoint but replaced the ink with waterproof ink so that I can apply washes. They are technical pens which gives consistent lines. The metal tip makes it last for a long time. It's made to be disposable, I've been using mine for more than a year.
I would highly recommend trying out the Derwent Graphitone. They are watersoluble graphite and great for practicing with tonal work. One pencil is only $2 and last a long time.
Full review here:
For markers, I use Copic markers but I only have grays, and warm grays. Buy the refills for them so that it's cheaper in the long run. Don't go for too many colours. If you want to have many colours, try watercolour sets.
Here's a recent marker sketch I did:
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