Art Supplies / Tools Most Often Used
Currently I use 10 watercolors (Daniel Smith, Da Vinci, and Winsor Newton artist grades):
- Titanium White (gouache)
- Lemon Yellow
- Organic Vermilion
- Quinacridone Rose
- Indanthrone Blue
- Quinacridone Purple
- Phthalo Blue Red Shade
- Phthalo Green Blue Shade
- Permanent Brown
- Yellow Ochre
I use self-made pans of paint, and moisten them with water from the small needleless syringe before working.
I paint smaller works (largest is about letter-size, and rarely that) so a size 8 round and a size 1 script from Silver Brush Black Velvet's line are the brushes I use most often. When I want to do quicker sketches I instead use Pentel Aquash water brushes.
I use artist tape to tape down watercolor paper to a board before working the paper.
For sketches, I use a 2B Staedtler graphite lead in a holder. If I need to lighten the marks, such as for highlights or before painting over the lines, I use a putty eraser. I try not to erase mistakes, but work with incorporating them into the overall design.
Pen and Ink
For most linework, I use a Sakura Micron PN pen, which has archival and waterproof ink and a plastic tip (which lasts longer than felt tips). I use black the most often, followed by sepia. For fine details, I use Sakura Micron Pigma pens with 005 and 003 tips.
For expressive brushwork, I prefer to use a Pentel Pocket Brush loaded up with Rapidograph technical pen ink.
I use Luminance colored pencils for professional artwork. I prefer to work with the "mane six" colors plus white to mix everything I need, but utility colors are nice to have on hand. These colors can all be found in the 20-pencil set, except for Purplish Red, which is a vital part of my own color palette.
I use both Caran d'Ache bright full blenders (when I need to smooth out textures) and a water brush with a mixture of water and gum arabic to fix colors (when I need to preserve textures).
I use the putty eraser and polymer eraser with an eraser shield to lift highlights. An embosser is useful for creating highlights before laying color down.
An anti-fouling glove is necessary for colored pencils and graphite pencils.
I use Strathmore 500 watercolor paper for water media, and Strathmore 400 drawing paper for dry media. Strathmore brand lines tend to deliver quality at a better price ratio than other papers. If you rarely scrub or erase, Strathmore papers work pretty well.
If I'm working on something meant for archival purposes, I use Arches instead.
For watercolors, I use Pentalic Aqua Journals.
For dry media, I use Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbooks—especially since they're also suitable for wet media as well, to create mixed media works.