Pen-Ink demo of waterfall and rocks. Real time is 90 minutes.
Urban Sketching /Travel Journaling Supplies (scroll to bottom for Nature Journal supplies)
This list is to get you thinking about what tools you might already own. Note that you do not need to buy everything (or anything) on this list, but have an assortment of options. At minimum, bring a Sketchbook and pen to the first class. There, I will discuss my favorites, explain why, so you know more before you buy!
Urban Sketching is all about traveling light so that you can grab your tools easily and sketch in the moment!
Suggested supply list and resources:
Sketchbook, Journal, or paper to sketch on-papers vary greatly; so you might want more than one journal/sketchbook of varying sizes and paper thickness to experiment with. Personally, I always use hot press watercolor paper or mixed media paper. Here's a few favorites:
Global Art Hand Book
Travel Series Sketchbooks
Strathmore Mixed Media
Canson Mixed Media Sketchbooks
Stillman and Birn, Alpha or Beta series
Black Ink pens: Use your favorites, have a variety of nib sizes (thin, fine and medium tips for example). Popular waterproof brands are: Micron, Steadtler, Copic, Faber-Castell.
I also love Pilot Precise as the ink flows beautifully, for a non-waterproof option.
I now mostly use Fountain pens, which have their own peculiarities, and we can discuss them more in class. Sailer Fude, Lamy are a few popular pen styles.
An incredible source for all things about ink and fountain pens and a great 'how to' section- Goulet Pen Co.
Colored Pencils and sharpener: use quality, ‘Prismacolor’ or better brands. (‘ProArt’ or ‘Crayola’ are poor quality). You only need 6-12 colors of the rainbow. (note: I don’t use watercolor pencils for urban sketching, but feel free to use them)
Compact Watercolor travel kit or watercolor Tubes and half pans to fill (we can discuss this more in class). When it comes to watercolors, quality matters, so again, avoid craft brands. Quality affordable brands: Winsor-Newton professional, Daniel Smith,
or these lovely Watercolor Crayons: Caran d'Ache Neocolor. Beautifully made in Switzerland and high quality.
Pentel or similar Water Brush (large size only), or assortment of brushes (rounds). I recommend 1 or 2 of the medium sizes (8, or 10, or 12) These don't have to be expensive or professional grade brushes. Some artists like flat brushes too (1/2" or 3/4").
small water cup and small water bottle-single serving yoghurt container works fine.
container or bag to hold everything. Think travel size-something easy to carry (daypack, shoulder bag, cloth bag. I like a heavy cloth bag with a long strap that I can carry over my shoulder. It keeps my supplies at hand while I walk the city sites.
Other supply options: camping stool (so many choices, read here for partial review), different colored ink pens, colored markers, colored brush-tip markers, gouache (especially white)
The Internet! So much that I have learned about products, I have learned by asking the internet. It's a wealth of information! Read, research, follow artists, look for their websites, follow them on Instagram, read a lot of reviews, then experiment and find what works for you!
Urban Sketcher-Parka Blogs, Yeoh Yi Chie is a well known reviewer of Usk products. Check him out.
Usk (Urban Sketching) International to find a chapter most anywhere in the world!
Usk Portland if you want to go sketch at the monthly sketchcrawl.
Everything you ever wanted to know or not about watercolors, like picking a palette- artist Jane Blundell
Botanical Artists: Ann Swan, Wendy Hollander, Nora Sherwood, Mindy Lighthipe
Nature Sketching additional supplies
There are supplies I use in the studio for my nature journals in addition to the supplies above, easily found by searching online-
Lyra Rembrandt splendor blender
Derwent graphite pencils (especially 2h, h, hb, 2b)
Micron pen, Sepia 005 (.20mm)
Rapesco 64 pencil sharpener
Hand held Magnifying Glass
Tombow Mono Zero polymer refillable eraser
Helping Hands seems silly, but I love this little thing
small pad of sandpaper
assortment of brushes, rounds #00-4
Faber-Castell Polychromos oil-based colored pencils that I currently own-picture worth 1,000 words :)