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Sketching Supplies
I have developed this list to maximize your success at sketching  quickly on location. These items are all you need to use my methods. So, leave your other art supplies at home.

I will provide  a clear vinyl hands-free pouch for all supplies (except sketchbook).

     • Sketch book #1: white or ivory color, Mixed Media surface 5 x 8” to 8 x 10”: 100 to 180 lb. paper with slight “tooth”   (texture). Suggested: Stillman & Birn Alpha or Beta, or Visual Journal with “mixed media” surface.

  • Black Micron pen, size .08 (waterproof)
  • Black Faber-Castell B (brush tip) or SB (Small Brush tip) pen (waterproof)
  • Aquarelle (water soluble) pencils:, about 8 colors: burnt sienna, olive green, indigo, red, purple, orange, teal, yellow ochre.  Caran d’Ache Supracolor  or Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer are best brands.
  • 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.
  • Uni-ball Signo white gel pen. Looks like a ball-point pen, used for opaque white lines on tinted paper or dark marks.
  • 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, 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.


More Quick Sketching workshops

Schedule for my next Quick Sketch sessions at
Riley Street Art Supplies, 1138 4th Street, San Rafael, CA:
Sunday, November 18   12 to 3 pm
Saturday, December 22  2 to 5 pm
Fee: $50 per session
Quick sketch techniques help you develop more confidence in drawing, and enable you to “loosen up”. We’ll do some warm-ups, then go out as a group and sketch in nearby locations. Continuing and first-time students are welcome.
To sign up and get materials list, please email me.

Drawing demos and workshops

I will be offering the following  demonstrations and workshops at Riley Street Art Center, 1138 4th Street,  San Rafael, CA:

Quick Sketching for Travelers (or anyone on the go):

FREE demo on August 11, from 11am to 1pm

Workshop: Saturday, August 18th, 2-5pm $50. Download the materials list: Quick Sketch Techniques

The Art of Caricature

FREE demo: Saturday, September 15th 11am to 1pm

Workshop: Saturday, September 22, 2 to 4pm. $35  Materials provided



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