Favorite Sketching Tools & Techniques

Have you always wanted to draw while out in nature or sketch while you’re traveling? Watch my video that demonstrates seven of my favorite techniques, then see my list of the tools I use in the video.

 

 

Download the following guide to the techniques I use in the above video.

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List of my favorite art supplies

Here’s my list of the art tools I carry that are equally handy whether I’m out on a hike or traveling the world! Best of all, they all fit inside my waterproof travel bag!

Mechanical pencil –Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Mechanical Pencil, 2mm.

mechanical pencil

Soft sketching pencil -Prismacolor Turquoise Drawing Pencil, 2B

sketching pencil

Thick core soft sketching pencil-Prismacolor Premier Ebony Graphite Sketching Pencil

 

sketching-pencil

Water-soluble pen-Pilot Razor Point II Marker

water soluble pen

Water-proof pen-Faber-Castell Pitt Artists’ Pens

water proof pen

 

White gel pen-Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Impact Pen White Ink

white gel pen

 

Water soluble-pencils -Derwent Watersoluble Sketching Pencils

water soluble pencil

 

Blue colored pencil -Prismacolor – Col-Erase Pencil w/Eraser, Non-Photo Blue

blue pencil

Colored pencil set -Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils

 

colored pencils

Water-soluble colored pencils – I enjoy these even more than normal colored pencils because you can use them wet or dry and their large diameter lead allows you to put color on fast! I use Derwent Inktense brand.

watersoluble colored pencil

Faber-Castel 24 Piece Polychromous Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin – These pencils are my newest obsession. They are so smooth and durable, and most importantly – resist breaking when sharpening or being dropped on the ground! 

polychromos

Pencil sharpener -Prismacolor pencil sharpener

prismacolor pencil sharpener

 

Blending stump -Caran d’Ache Blending Stump – Blending Stump

blending stump

 

Kneadable eraser -Faber-Castell-Kneadable Art Eraser

kneadable eraser

Colored pastel paper – Canson Mi-Teintes

canson paper

Watercolor travel set – Winsor & Newton Professional Water Color Compact Set

watercolor set

Water brush -Pentel Japan Aquash Waterbrush Water Brush Pen, Medium

water brush

 

Sketchbook -Cachet Travel Sketchbook For Mixed Media with Brush 7×10″

sketch book

 

Travel bag – I love the Blue Q brand pictured below, they are recycled, waterproof and come in a bunch of different sizes. These even have a shopping bag size with handles that I use as my carry-on bag while traveling!

sketching supplies bag

Some additional suggested supplies

If you are going out in the field to sketch (as opposed to using them at home) you’ll also want to bring:

  • small water container and a rag or paper towel
  • daypack
  • snacks
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • sturdy shoes
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • hand lens
  • whatever else you bring on a day out hiking in nature!

 

sketching in the field

I hope you’ve found this list of artist’s materials useful! Check out my tutorials page for demonstrations of ways I use these tools.

 

Learn more about nature sketching!

Take my online Nature Sketching course. LEARN MORE HERE.

 

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