My Favourite Art Supplies

The equipment we use to create art is very subjective. It depends on many things from our preferred subject matter, cost and even to the side of the bed we get out of. I thought though I would create this post as a record of what I’m using at the time. It will be updated periodically with the newest updates at the top of the page. If I am no longer using a product I will leave the text but use a strikethrough. I am likely at points to do full posts on some of these items. If I do I will leave links here. So with no fanfare here we go.

20th October, 2019

Derwent Graphic Pencils – My Favoured Drawing Pencil, The normal range I use is from 5h-6B with my favoured general sketching Pencils being an F or a 3H. I like Derwent not only being a Traditional British Company but the quality of their products.

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils – A great coloured pencil able to easily lay down large blocks of colour and handle fine detail.

Staedtler Mars Micro 0.9mm Mechanical pencil – Not a huge Fan of mechanical Pencils but I have this one as I sometimes need it for fine detail and as my normal drawing style isn’t the most precise this helps. Its normally loaded with 2H lead but I also have some HB. The reason I have this brand is simple well it was the only one in the shop. Due to where I live we are limited to shops selling Art supplies so if you need something quickly you sometimes just have to take what they have. It does it’s job with no fuss.

Rotring Art Pen (fine) – I started experimenting with this pen a while ago. It gives a similar finish to Dip pens (but without the dipping obviously). Obviously being Rotring its that German quality we have come to know and love.

Letraset Fine-liners – These are the fine liners I’m using at present. They were a reasonable price and do the job. I use various thickness from 0.3 to 0.9 and they work well in conjunction with pro markers.

Letraset Pro Markers – Yes I know they’re now Windsor and Newton but the ones I’ve got are Letraset ones. A great mixture of pens which I’ve really not explored enough what I can do with them yet.

Spectrum Noir Illustrator Pens – Work well in conjunction with the Pro Markers. As with the Pro markers I need to play a little to see their full potential

Daler-Rowney Gouache Paints – Gouache has always been my water based paint of choice I like the fact you can use it like water colour or layer it on much thicker like an acrylic paint.

Humbrol Enamel paints – For model work these can’t be beaten in my opinion. Also they do mail order to where I live that doesn’t sound like much but because a lot of mail needs to be flown there are restrictions on certain chemicals by Royal mail. Humbrol use a specialist courier and as what I can get selection wise locally is very limited this is a huge positive for me.

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