Since finishing college, I've been focusing a lot more on my illustration and the pieces I want to create or what I have been creating for clients. Since I have been working in my own studio space, and not lugging all my materials in and out of college, i've noticed a lot more of what i've been using lately, and what I have been loving. I wanted to share with you the materials that I think work the best for me and why I love them.
After deciding to write this blog and laying out everything I needed to account for, I realised I use a lot of different art materials. Now, I don't use these every day, or for every project but these are the main things I have in my desk and what i'll grab when creating a new piece. I'll try link everything so that, if you like the sound of it, you can get it for yourself.
If you already seen my July Favourites you'll already know that I have a new found love for these pens. I find they're so easy to use to get a good line and they come in a variety of colours. You can buy them online or in the Muji shop off Grafton street.
Winson & Newton watercolour palette
I got this during my portfolio course and haven't stopped using it since. It's a well loved item and most of the colours I have are almost completely used up. This palette is so handy as you can use the lid to mix the colours on and all of the colours can be changed to suit the palette you want. My palette came with 12 colours which are Cad yellow pale, Cad yellow, Viridian green, Sap green, Chinese white, Yellow ochre, Burnt sienna, Cobalt blue, Aliz crimson, Cad red pale, Burnt umber and Ultramarine. You can buy all the colours separately as well, and change the palette to suit you. You can buy this palette from Evans and Easons in store, or here, or there is a similar one here.
I like these markers as they have an opaque finish to them, so you can draw over them with a different colour and they will change to a mix of both colours. These are great to use when you want to see what something will look like in colour before you put it on screen. I also like these markers as they come with a thin side and a thick flat side. You can get them in Easons and Evans, and also from amazon.
These are great for when i'm making my paper illustration because if you have a small piece of paper that needs to be stuck down then you can do it with precision with the tweezers, it also saves you from getting glue all over your fingers.
This is a necessary tool for making my paper illustrations, and cutting anything really as you can always get a precision line. I use the Swann-Morton scalpel with 10A blades. I usually wrap the handle with a lot of masking tape (as you can see in the photo below) to stop getting blisters on my fingers from the constant rubbing of the metal on my skin when i'm using it.
Art & Hobbie shop paper
This paper is great as they usually have a variety of colours and textures to choose from. You choose a normal folder (€5) or a large folder (€10) and fill it with whatever paper you want and then you pay for it. Simple.
Pentel watercolour travel brush
This brush is amazing for using with watercolour, you simply fill it with water and it's ready to use whenever you want. The tip is thin and flexible as well so you can use it for a variety of lines or details. It's so handy on the go too because the water is already in the brush so there's no need to bring a little water container with you.
A much need accessory for making my paper illustrations and for cutting my prints down to size. This is also good as it is gridded so you can line up your print and cut it correctly. You can get the same A3 one I have here.
I like to try out and use a variety of different notebooks. I like to use my Moleskin notebook when I know I need thick paper for painting or using markers as they never seep through to the other side of the page. I really like Muji gridded and dot notebooks for working out lettering pieces and other designs with precision. Paperchase have a beautiful range of sketchbooks with amazing covers on every one, or you can get good quality, plain classic ones.
Ecoline liquid watercolour
If you seen my July Favourites you will have also seen these. These are amazing for getting a solid colour without having to mix any colours together. They come as a little pot but last for ages, as a little goes a long way. You can buy them here.
This market is great as it has a fine tip so it's great for outlining a drawing or creating some hand lettering. I bought this from All City in Temple bar, Dublin.
Uni Pin fine line pens
I really like these pens as they come in a variety of sizes. My favourites to use are the 0.05mm pen for when I need to draw with a really thin line, the 0.2mm pen for drawing normal lines, and the 0.8mm pen when I need a thick line but don't want to use a marker. You can find them here.
These materials are the main things that I use physically from day to day. There are so many more materials that I could name that I might use on the off chance for one or two projects but these materials are my most loved ones when doing things by hand before editing or doing something digitally. Let me know what your favourite art materials are!