So clearly I have been a lazy cow on holidays and haven’t any finished drawings to chat about! I could show you lots of holiday snaps of beautiful sunny beaches OR share my current list of essential drawing tools. Lots of artists share posts like this but its surprising how many new things I find when I read them so hopefully mine might encourage you to try something new.
1. Tombow Mono drawing pencils. I don’t even know how I discovered these guys as they are not available in Australia. Someone must have mentioned them in their list of top five art supplies! Tombows are quite a bit darker than any other graphite pencil I’ve used and I think for this reason they only go up to a 6B (not an 8B or 9B). They are definitely my favourite graphite pencil and pretty the only one I use.
2. Staedtler Mars Lumograph black pencils. After reading JD Hilberry’s book I became a total convert to using charcoal to create true matt blacks. Trouble is I find charcoal incredibly messy and difficult to work with. The Lumograph is a nice compromise. It contains a lead with a high proportion of carbon so creates matt black but is also easy to sharpen, is less prone to breakage and doesn’t leave as much messy residue as charcoal. I generally just use the 8B or the 6B.
3. E + M Peanpole Pencil Extender. I find it quite difficult to work with my pencils once they are shorter than about eight centimetres. With the pencil extender I can continue to use them until they are tiny little one centimetre long stubs! Derwent have a similar product with a twist locking system which I don’t find as effective as it works loose causing the pencil to slip especially when sharpening them. Also the Derwent one doesn’t seem to fit as wider range of pencils.
4. Arches Watercolour Pad smooth (185gms or 300gsm) and Daler Rowney Smooth Heavyweight pad (220gsm). Ok technically this is two things I know! Arches is my absolute favourite drawing paper, however, it has become s so freakin’ expensive! I’ve started experimenting with other kinds of paper and my new (cost-effective) favourite is Daler Rowney Smooth Heavyweight paper. It is definitely not as smooth as Arches but HEAPS cheaper.
5. Epson DS 50000 A3 flatbed scanner. I spent years crying into my computer keyboard in disappointment and frustration over the poor quality scans my previous scanner produced. I would just lose so much detail in the scanning process it was absolutely heart breaking. Whilst expensive the DS 50000 is brilliant. It captures every little detail (sometimes more than you want it too!). It costs a lot, but for me well worth it.
And if I could include one more “Wishlist” item it would be a desk lamp. Dena Cooper at Brushstrokes a la Mode recently recommended one that I might have to get my hands on, but I am open to suggestions!
Oh and here is a photo of my holiday 😉