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Sketching Supplies

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

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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