Artist’s Tools of the Trade

Pen, pencil, brush, staedter, pentel, brushpen, turquoise

Artist’s Tools of the Trade:

A few of my artist friends were asking me about the tools I use when I create my sketches and drawings so I compiled them all into this photo to share with you guys too. These are all the tools I pretty much use on a daily basis.


I LOVE working with mechanical pencils. You can see from this photo I have a bunch. I guess you could consider it a bit of an obsession but when I have the right pencil in my hand it just helps me feel creative. When I feel creative I like to draw so I make sure I always have the right pencil. My two favorites right now are the Sharp Kerry and the Steadtler Silver. Both are about as good as it gets quality-wise and I highly recommend them.


In this photo the paper and the clipboard aren’t labeled but the paper I use is just cheap copy paper…. the cheaper the better since I’m not worried about archive quality. Basically I justĀ  scan everything and color it on the computer anyway so why spend money on that? Cheap paper is also thin so that makes it easy to see through if I need to trace. One last advantage to using cheap paper is I never choke when I’m drawing on cheap paper and if I do who cares? I don’t know about you but if I’m working on expensive paper I have a whole different attitude about what I’m doing. I guess the best way to describe it would be like wearing a suit to mow the lawn. There are times when wearing a suit is important but for everyday stuff it just kind of gets in the way.


The clipboard is from staples but I have about 5 or 6 of those things floating around and I carry them everywhere. The reason I love working on a clipboard is I can work anywhere and when it comes time to scan my art it’s quick, simple and clean. The funny thing about carrying a clipboard around is that nobody ever questions a guy holding holding a clipboard (In fact, I imagine if you were to throw on a polo shirt while carrying a clipboard you can go just about anywhere, but that’s a story for another time). I hope you’ve found this list of art supplies useful. If you have a tool you just can’t live without please leave a comment and let me know what it is I’m always looking for the next best thing.



Online Classes- Coming Soon

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This is super top secret stuff but I feel like I can trust you guys so here’s the skinny. I’ve been talking with some well known artists and I will be talking with a few more about joining me for live online classes coming soon. Stay tuned for more updates and whatever you do don’t tell anyone…


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