Something that I don’t really talk about on here is the art supplies I use. Which looking back is really not too much of a surprise since for the most part all of my drawings were done on random sheets of paper with a mechanical pencil. It wasn’t until 2012-2013 (I can’t remember the exact moment) that I bought my first black pen that was meant purely for art. Most of my work that I showed off was created from my mom’s art supplies.
Below are my current favorites to use for traditional and digital drawing.
1. My “Special” Pencil Case
This is the pencil-case that holds what I would call my “professional pens.” The items that I keep in there are what I mainly use whenever I’m commission to create a traditional piece. It’s not exactly like the pencil case is special, though it’s probably one of the most useful things I got from a Loot Crate that wasn’t a shirt. However, it is one of my favorite ways to organize my art supplies, so I felt like it was worth mentioning with the rest of my supplies.
2. Canson XL Recycled Sketchbook
This one was given to me as a gift a little bit ago. It has been great for drawing out concepts. I love that on the inside of the cover it shows what the paper works best with. For example, whether or not you can use colored pencils on the paper. The only problem I’ve had with it is that I have to focus on one drawing and complete before I move on because the paper is very thin. So it is easy to see any drawings underneath the one you would be currently working on. With that being said, my ink pens have worked really well on it and surprisingly don’t bleed through to the next page.
3. Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen
This pen is my LBP, or little black pen. I use it in almost every piece I draw. For me this specific brand of pen lasts the longest. During the Inktober challenge I used it the most and still it has ink. Other pens I have used in the past could not last that long. Which is why it’s probably the MVP of my collection.
4. Pink Eraser
I’ve used this one so much that the brand has rubbed off on it, but you can find one of these in almost any office supply aisle or store. The perk of having an eraser in your collection is that you have room to make mistakes. It makes it easier to experiment as you draw, and correct a minor line that could make or break a drawing.
5. White Gel Pen
It’s probably my second most recent addition to my collection, and was bought on impulse to use during the Inktober challenge. And man was it worth it. I use this similarly to the eraser, in the sense that whenever I do an ink drawing, I use it correct mistakes. Along with that though it can be used to accentuate and make certain parts of an inked drawing pop out. I just love experimenting with it.
6. Mechanical Pencil
I say mechanical pencil because I rarely use the same one twice in a row cause it gets used for anything and everything. So I am always losing it in my daily activities. This is my favorite thing to use for sketching out ideas.
7. Mini Sketchbook
I don’t remember the brand for this one because it was on clearance. The only problem I have had with it is that my pens and pencils smear while I work on the paper. So I don’t think I’ll be buying this one again. With that being said, I love the size of it and how easy it is to carry it everywhere. I just need to find a sketchbook this size that works well with inks.
8. Wacom Tablet
This is my first tablet, and already it has improved my speed of drawing stuff digitally compared to what I use to use. I still have a lot of experimenting to do with this one, but I love it already.
Now I will be honest and say that I feel like a couple of my favorites might change in the next year or so. Mainly cause I want to start experimenting with new sketch pencils and such. I’ve seen people use a light blue sketch pencil that I want to try out eventually, as well as different types of erasers. But for now I’m going to stick with my favorites.