My Everyday Sketch Kit

September 23, 2017

I get a lot of questions about my kit, and what colors I use, so I thought I'd do a post on my materials and the palettes I use. This is my usual kit, though I add as necessary depending on where I'm going, or if I'm working bigger.

 

 

 

Brushes, large to small:
Princeton Neptune Synthetic Squirrel #12 Round

Princeton Neptune Synthetic Squirrel #10 Round

Princeton Neptune Synthetic Squirrel #8 Round

Princeton Neptune Synthetic Squirrel #6 Round

Princeton Neptune Synthetic Squirrel #4 Round

Simple Simmons #1 Small Round

 

Pens:

Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

.3mm Draft/Matic Mechanical Pencil (along with extra lead and a bit of kneaded eraser)

Sakura Pigma Graphic Pens (I usually carry the 1, .08, .03, .005, in black and a .01 in brown, but one is missing here)

 

Pencil Case: Cubix Round Zip Box Pencil Case

Sketch Board: Woodward and Father Original Sketch Board

Palette: Woodward and Father Standard and Unlimited Palettes (I'll usually pack one or the other but for long trips sometimes bring both)

 

Water cups: Nalgene 2 oz; I bring a spare (or more!) so I don't have to worry about getting fresh water along the way, or ditching out my gross water. It's nice to be able to close the dirty water, take out a fresh cup, and keep going.

 

Spray bottle (for wetting palette on dry days)

 

A handful of binder clips to clip my palette, sketch, and some paper towel to my board as I work. Usually with extras in case they get lost!

 

Not pictured: Sunglasses, phone, Ipod, half a paper towel. 

I usually use Fluid Hot Press Easy Blocks for urban sketching, since they're tiny and contained. 

 

Though this is what I have with me most of the time, if I'm going out for a day of sketching I usually bring this stool, this seat cushion, and this clip light (link is to amazon but I got mine locally at a Barnes and Noble)

 

 

My usual palette: 

(DS for Daniel Smith, WN for Winsor Newton, DV for DaVinci, MG For M. Graham)

1 - DS Pyrrol Crimson

2 - WN Rose Dore

3 - Rembrandt Vermillion

4 - DS Piemontite Genuine

5 - DS Quinacridone Sienna

6 - DS Brown Iron Oxide

7 - DS Quinacridone Deep Gold

8 - DS Quinacridone Gold

9 - WN Cadmium Yellow

10 - 

11 - DS Buff Titanium

12 - WN White Gouache

13 - DS Green Apatite Genuine

14 - DS Green Gold

15 - DS Rich Green Gold

16 - 

17 - DS Cobalt Green Pale

18 - 

19 - DS Zoisite Genuine

20 - DS Undersea Green

21 - DS Hooker's Green

22 - Maimer Blu Cobalt Blue Lt

23 - DS Manganese Blue Hue

24 - 

25 - DS Perylene Green

26 - DS Cobalt Blue Violet

27 - DS Prussian Blue

28 - WN Indigo

29 - DS Lunar Blue

30 - 

31 - DS Moonglow

32 - DS Hematite Genuine

33 - MG Payne's Gray

34 - DV Lamp Black

 

 

 

The palette I used for my Bryant Park Residency:

1 - DS Piemontite Genuine

2 - WN Rose Dore

3 - Rembrandt Vermillion

4 - DS Quinacridone Sienna

5 - DS Quinacridone Rich Gold

6 - DS Quinacridone Gold

7 - DS Brown Iron Oxide

8 - DS Rich Green Gold

9 - DS Undersea Green

10 - DS Green Apatite Genuine

11 - DS Sap Green

12 - DS Jadeite Genuine

13 - DS Cascade Green

14 - DS Cobalt Green Pale

15 - DS Perylene Green

16 - DS Manganese Blue

17 - Maimer Blu Cobalt Blue Lt

18 - DS Cobalt Blue Violet

19 - DS Moonglow

20 - DS Indigo

21 - MG Payne's Gray

 

My favorite limited palette in this group is:

 

 

Sometimes adding Quin Gold and Payne's Gray. It's what I used for these paintings and my workshop last month!

 

 

I'm going to Disney World next week, and naturally I'm planning on sketching. Planning on making a couple new palettes for that, so stay tuned! I really like my Bryant Park Palette, but when you're going more for architecture than trees there's really no reason to have that much green.

 

 

 

Also, in case anyone was wondering, this is the palette I used for my QoR review in July. I had a few more colors but this was what I brought with me urban sketching. 

 

QoR

1 - Ultramarine Violet

2 - Dioxazine Purple

3 - Quinacridone Violet

4 - Quinacridone Red

5 - Cadmium Red Medium

6 - Titan Buff

7 - Pyrrole Red Light

8 - Permanent Scarlet

9 - Transparent Pyrrole Orange

10 - Diarylide Yellow

11 - Benzamidazolone Yellow

12 - Van Dyke Brown

13 - Quinacridone Gold

14 - Quinacridone Gold Deep

15 - Mars Orange Deep

16 - Burnt Sienna (Natural)

17 - Raw Sienna (Natural)

18 - Raw Umber (Natural)

19 - Indanthrone Blue

20 - Ultramarine Blue

21 - Phthalo Blue

22 - Cerulean Blue

23 - Manganese Blue

24 - Neutral Tint

25 - Cobalt Teal

26 - Cobalt Green

27 - Green Gold

28 - Sap Green

29 - Viridian Green

30 - Payne's Gray

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