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 complete list of what I bring on a field sketching expedition. I keep a laminated copy of this list in my kit so I can double check that I have all my supplies before each trip.
Download the following guide to the techniques I use in the above video.
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.
Soft sketching pencil -Prismacolor Turquoise Drawing Pencil, 2B
Thick core soft sketching pencil-Prismacolor Premier Ebony Graphite Sketching Pencil
Water-soluble pen-Pilot Razor Point II Marker
Water-proof pen-Faber-Castell Pitt Artists’ Pens
White gel pen-Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Impact Pen White Ink
Water soluble-pencils -Derwent Watersoluble Sketching Pencils
Blue colored pencil -Prismacolor – Col-Erase Pencil w/Eraser, Non-Photo Blue
Colored pencil set -Prismacolor Verithin 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.
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!
Pencil sharpener -Prismacolor pencil sharpener
Blending stump -Caran d’Ache Blending Stump – Blending Stump
Kneadable eraser -Faber-Castell-Kneadable Art Eraser
Colored pastel paper – Canson Mi-Teintes
Watercolor travel set – Winsor & Newton Professional Water Color Compact Set
Water brush -Pentel Japan Aquash Waterbrush Water Brush Pen, Medium
Sketchbook -Cachet Travel Sketchbook For Mixed Media with Brush 7×10″
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!
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
- water bottle
- sturdy shoes
- hand lens
- whatever else you bring on a day out hiking in nature!
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!
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