Please read the following carefully and take my specifications for brands, colors and sizes seriously. I have developed this list for your benefit, to maximize your success at sketching quickly on location. These items are all you need to use my methods. You will not need anything else, so leave your other art supplies at home.
I will provide you with a a clear vinyl pouch for all pens and pencils.
• Sketch book #1: 5 x 8” to 8 x 10”: 100 to 180 lb. paper with slight “tooth” (texture). DO NOT use Watercolor paper—the surface is too rough. Stillman & Birn Alpha or Beta series is the best quality, or Visual Journal with a “mixed media” surface.
- Black Micron pen, size .08 (waterproof)
- Black Faber-Castell B (brush tip) or SB (Small Brush tip) pen (waterproof)
- Caran d’Ache Supracolor brand Aquarelle (water soluble) pencils:, about 8 colors: burnt sienna, olive green, indigo, red, purple, orange, teal, yellow ochre. Optional: sky blue, golden yellow, bright green.
- a rainbow pencil (not water-soluble), which produces different colors as you turn it.
- a pencil sharpener with container for shavings
- Waterbrush with a hollow barrel (medium or large tip) to fill with water, used to liquify the pigment in aquarelle pencil strokes.
- Optional: Sketch book #2: Strathmore Toned (tan or gray) sketch paper, 5.5 x 8.5 (or similar, with tan or gray tint), view-finder, Uni-ball Signo white gel pen. Looks like a ball-point pen, used for opaque white lines on tinted paper. Prismacolor white pencil (NOT water-soluble) for tinted paper.
- VERY useful for your comfort and safety: sun hat or visor, drinking water, sunscreen, a light-weight collapsible stool.
Recommended art supply stores:
Rileystreet in San Rafael, CA.
FLAX in San Francisco (Fort Mason Center) and Oakland
ARCH in San Francisco