Inktober Day 30

Two days to go! I can’t believe October ends tomorrow! So sad because this is the best month of the year. The sad thing about October ending is we jump from Autumn right into the Christmas season without being able to enjoy Thanksgiving as an Autumn holiday. I mean, it’s nice to hear the Christmas music but I am not usually ready for holiday music until the day after Thanksgiving. What’s even more annoying is that the Christmas season ends in January, on the Feast of the Epiphany, but the music gets cut off Midnight on Christmas. Really? Like, at least play it until New Year’s Eve.

Sigh. Putting the soapbox away.

Today’s prompt is “gear” and I opted to sketch my backpack with some of my art supplies. I haven’t used this backpack in a while and I had just pulled it out to tidy up my art supplies closet. This is not a realistic sketch because I lug around more than this when I go out to sketch. Way too much stuff……

I usually carry around several different sizes and types of sketch books. I usually carry one with watercolor paper and a square one, that’s Instagram friendly. Various pens including my trusty old Lamy Safari and usually a Uniball Vision. I carry mechanical pencils because they don’t need to be sharpened. I just realized I drew regular brushes when my go to brushes when I am sketching on location are usually water brushes, which are brushes that have water in the barrel and you squeeze them for water and you rinse the brush by squeezing and wiping on a paper towel. I also drew a palette but the one I use the most is the size of a credit card and almost as thin! I bought it empty and I put my own colors in it.

Inktober Day 30
Pen and Ink drawing of a backpack and art supplies which include a palette, brushes, pen, pencil and a sketchbook.
Inktober Day 30 “Gear”

Artist pens

Here is a post for members of my sketch club who wanted more info about artist pens.  (I am not covering fountain pens because they are a totally different critter and require their own post.). If I post something without visuals, no one will read the post, so enjoy the sketches. 😂

First rule of thumb, buy a pen that contains permanent ink or your sketch will die a slow fading death…..

Bic pens are awesome to use for sketching but as anyone who has left a post it on the wall knows….Bics can fade, especially if left out in the light. They are great fun to sketch with so I usually use them in my morning pages.

Sharpie “permanent” markers are NOT permanent, so don’t get that baseball autographed with a sharpie, let alone sell a sketch that you used a sharpie to draw a subject.

One of the better inexpensive pens is the Uni-Ball Vision Fine point…the dream pen of Tommy Kane.  I was using the Copic Multiliner SP until I picked up the Uniball.  They are easier to get (no long drives to Dick Blick) and you won’t have a heart attack if you lose them because they don’t cost an arm or a leg.  They hold up to watercolor and Tombows.

There is also acrylic paint markers that is a niche that started small but now Liquitex and Winsor Newton and others have joined in.  They aren’t cheap so keep those coupons handy! Pictured are the Liquitex and Molotow.  The Molotow has been on the market for a while. Molotows are also refillable.  Not a very large selection of colors  but they have a divine neon orange.

Sharpie also makes paint pens.  The waterbased ones don’t give you a headache but the color selection isn’t so great.  The white is handy for adding highlights.

Pitt Pens by Faber Castell come in a large range of colors, sizes and are permanent, lightfast and waterproof.

Copic sketch markers are dual tipped.  Alcohol markers are not usually permanent so be aware of that when using these.

Uniball Signo White pen is awesome for white highlights.

Copic Multiliner SP is permanent and I used to use these all the time.

Gel pen by Jelly Roll. Lots of fun colors!

Tombow – lightfastness is questionable, but for sketches and things to be scanned, smooshing around with a waterbrush, they are fun!  I might have to carry these instead of watercolors!