I’m a self confessed stationery an art supply buying addict. My hoard may be reasonably organised but I have so many pens and pencils there is no reason I should buy anymore again. Or at least in the next three or four months.
Even with this in mind there is a high chance I will purchase something by the end of this month. Just to test out! I like to experiment and highly recommend everyone, new or old to drawing, experiment too. Things are always changing. You never know what a weird pencil from a shop you have never been into before could inspire you to create.
Another perk of experimenting is you concretely decide what your favourites are. Here are my favourites.
That is until I discover something new and amazing on my next stationery buying adventure!
- Staedler Mars Lumograph Black. I discovered these pencils last year. I like to draw in graphite pencil but I have a pet hate about it. When i scan a finished drawing the tones shows up shiny and washed out. These pencils solve this problem. They are a matte black pencil but graded like graphite pencils. When you scan it, no shiny washiness, just clean dark lines!
- Mechanical pencils and lead. Good for sketching and when you have to get the finest of details. I use a range of different grades of lead from 4h to hb. When i do proper tonal drawings I use these. I also use 0.5 mm and 0.3 mm thick lead, the smaller the better.
- Carne d’ache Supracolor pencils. These are nice soft watercolour pencils in a range of great colours. I use them for drawing and adding details to watercolour paintings.
- Faber castell Graphite pencils. Grades 4h,3h,2h,f,hb: Current range of pencils I use for tonal drawings and studies. I like to draw with pencils that are all the same brand so there is no difference in tone. Occasionally you could be using two different brands of pencils that are the same grade but they look different on paper. But thats just me being a perfectionist.
- Pental bursh pen. Nice and inky. I like using this when I’m brainstorming in my sketchbook. It’s also good for calligraphy.
- Micron pens. You can get lots of different brands of micron pens. At the moment my favourite brands are Staedler and Sakura. The pens come in various nib sizes all the way down to 0.05 which gives you a very thin line. They are great for drawing tiny details and they scan nicely.
- Pental Touch Brush pen. Great for lettering and doodling. Has a nice soft pen tip like a fude pen.
- Dip pen and ink. I use the smallest nibs I can find. I’m not actually sure what they are called but if you are looking for some search for map drawing nibs. Ive used a large array of inks and still haven’t found my favourite. I used to have a bottle of ink I got out of Diaso when I lived in Dubai. It cost 7AED (£1ish) and it was amazing. But ive never found it again. I currently use Diamine Drawing and Caligraphy ink in Jet black and warm grey. Also Winsor and Newton Black Indian ink and Higgins waterproof caligraphy ink. Don’t spill the latter everywhere. I still have stains on my keyboard from a terrible incident about 3 years ago.
- Hard and soft eraser. It’s always good to have both on hand. Hard erasers are good for correcting errors and picking out sharp detail. Soft putty erasers are good dabbing on the page to pick up excess graphite and picking out detail that is a softer shape.
- Stabilo Point 88 fine line pens: good for doodling and come in a big range of colours.
If you have any questions on the above comment or send me a message on my instagram. You can find all these at your local art shop. Or have a search online.
Next up in this series I’m going to talk about paint and paper! Which I also have a far too much of!