On loosening up, and the tools of the trade
I draw too tightly. Always have. Way too much consideration to making something that looks nice, rather than trying to capture a great idea. That’s why I’ve started drawing these little pen and pencil doodles lately, and it’s why I gave the Copic Markers another go.
Throwing in a really broad shape with the markers makes you forget about trying to create something beautiful, it’s about creating a cool shape, or an interesting form. Picking up a pigment liner and then trying to discover the shapes is great fun, and it’s a pretty quick way to work. Each mech takes between five and ten minutes.
The photo above shows my mugs full of pens. Copic markers, and a few Sharpies in the first mug – along with a white gel pen, and a Pentel Pocket Brush. Sakura Pigma Microns, Staedtler Pigment Liners and a few Faber Castells in the second mug, and a bunch of pencils in the last – along with a brush for removing erasing bits, and a scalpel for sharpening. There are a few ellipse and circle guides behind, with a metal ruler and a few coloured pencils.
And that last picture? Well my OCD just shines through… Those are some of my most used bits and pieces.
Rotring Mechanical Pencil
Staedtler Classic Pencils (HB)
Swann Morton scalpel (with 10A blade)
Staedtler Pigment Liners – 0.05, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5
Selwyn watercolour brush
Moleskine Sketchbook – A5
Moleskine Plain Journals – A6
Copic Markers – 100, C-7, C-5, C-3 and C-1
Staedtler Mars Plastic erasers
Staedtler Rasoplast eraser
A big ball of rubber bands
12″ Steel Ruler