I get asked a lot about what art materials I use for my drawings and illustrations. So here’s a blog post showing exactly what I have scattered around on my desk right now. If you aren’t familiar with the kind of stuff I draw, have a browse though the blog, or have a look at my work on Instagram or Facebook.
A good pencil won’t make you any better at drawing than that rubbish one you have in your pocket from a recent trip to Ikea. An expensive brush won’t instantly turn you in to the worlds best watercolourist. That watercolour pad you splashed out on, you know the one – hand made, 100% cotton, acid-free, cold pressed – isn’t going to make your drawings and paintings any better than if you were drawing on a Post-It note – unless you practice, unless you draw and draw and draw. New art materials are great, but they aren’t a short cut to being great at art, because there isn’t a short cut to being great at art. You just have to draw. Draw the stuff you love, draw the things you find difficult, set yourself some challenges, but most importantly just bloody well draw.
Now to the inky, graphitey stuff…
Pencils (from top to bottom)
Staedtler Tradition, from 3H to 3B
Staedtler Mars Lumograph, 3H and 3B
Palomino Blackwing 602, not sure of the hardness – maybe a B?
Faber-Castell 9000, HB and 2B
Pentel Graphgear 1000 0.7mm By far my favourite mechanical pencil to use.
Copic Multiliner SP, 0.03 to 0.7 thickness nibs (my favourite technical pens)
Rotring Tikky Graphic, 0.3 to 0.7
Staedtler Pigment Liner, 0.05 to 0.8
Brush Pens and Nib Pens
Copic Ciao Markers (lots of them, particularly orange ones)
Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen (opaque white)
Bits and Pieces
Cheap brush for clearing loose graphite or eraser bits
Toothbrush (an old one) for splattering paint or masking fluid
Goldline A3 Layout Pad (the big yellow one)
Daler Rowney A4 Tracing Pad (the grey one)
Daler Rowney A4 Smooth Heavy Weight Cartridge Pad (the pink one)
Daler Rowney A4 Bristol Board (the green one)
Daler Rowney A4 Fine Grain Heavy Weight Cartridge Pad (the brown one)
A3 Minisun LED Lightbox – essential for tracing and refining sketches
Life-size human skull model – reference to die for
As I said before, nothing on this blog post will make you draw any better, that’s up to you. Now, stop reading, and draw!