I don’t know if I’ve ever posted a completely black and white photo on Instagram, but I might have to start doing it more often because it really brings out the details. Do you guys like the black and white or do you prefer color? At any rate, today’s #marchmeetthemaker prompt was tools and materials, so I spent far too long setting up this photo. I need paints, brushes and pens to execute most of my work, but that doesn’t mean this is even a quarter of what I own and use consistently.
Day 20 of #marchmeetthemaker : Tools & Materials.
I find great happiness in art supply shops; i love to touch all of the paper and pencils, try out the tester pens, swoon over the colours...I could spend hours in them.
I'm very very particular about the paper I use and have to feel every single type in a shop to find the perfect one. For quite some time, my favourite paper was Daler Rowney Hot Press Watercolour paper 300gsm, as it's nice and sturdy, is pleasingly off white and is almost textureless. (I hate drawing and painting on textured paper) but recently I treated myself to Arches Hot Press Watercolour sheets and they are just incredible to draw on; they're buttery smooth, have a good weight (300gsm/140lb) and the same slightly off white the Daler Rowney paper has. It's also in huuuuge sheets, so it's been fun to play around on larger peices!
Pencil wise, I'm not super fussy. I mostly get the Derwent sketching pencils, but I'll also use cheap Staedtler ones. I've tried some of the Caran D'Ache pencils recently and they're a really satisfying weight but a little too fancy for everyday use. I like using from HB right up to 8B but I use a 4B the most. (Any suggestions for a mechanical or clutch pencils would be appreciated; I'm fed up of constantly sharpening!) Otherwise, I use whatever pencil sharpener I have on hand, a few different types of rubber, including a putty rubber and an electric eraser, paper stumps (sorry @henrik) and I sometimes use a little white watercolour, gouache or pencil to highlight, although I'm trying to learn to just use the white paper for this.