Hi guys! How have you been?
In my last blog I gave you a few tips to get set up to practise your drawing skills. Today I want to get more into that and give you some starting tips on materials, to get you all confident that anyone can draw if they want to.
M A T E R I A L S
Last time we talked about getting a journal, hope you all did that ;). Because you can bundle all your creations in one book and it will motivate you to get all the pages full with beautiful creations. If you don't have a journal at the moment, don't worry. A piece of paper will do but never use printing paper. It's too smooth for your pencils/markers and too thin for your eraser. I know I said I'm not a big fan of erasers but I do use them occasionally. On printing paper your paper is gonna get wrinkled fast. Try to sketch on paper that is designed for drawing. My sketchbook has 185 gsm paper. I prefer thick pages but try to find at least 110 gsm paper material.
P E N C I L S
For all my designs, whether it's a T-shirt design or a mural, I make a raw sketch on paper, before I make my official design in Procreate. I like to work with the standard B and HB pencils. B stands for the blackness of the pencil. So B2 / B3 (or higher) pencils are darker and softer than a normal B. The H in HB stands for the hardness of the pencil, the higher the number the harder the pencil. Because my sketches are just to show my clients an idea of what I want to design, I don't need to shade a lot but B pencils are really nice for different kind of shading. You can buy little sketch pencil sets with 6 pencils in them. My first one variated from 3B to 2H. It's a nice way to get to know the difference in blackness and hardness.
P A I N T M A R K E R S
For literally anything else I use Uni Posca paint- and chalk markers. For illustrations on paper, windows, interior AND exterior walls. These markers are really nice to work with, come in different sizes and forms and they don't discolour in the sun. If you use ink makers they will end up turning blue or brown in the sun. If you want to design on a window I would recommend using chalk markers, these are easy to clean off the glass. Don't use them outside, as they are not waterproof. You can use paint markers on windows too its just a little harder to get off. The longer it's on the harder it takes to clean. But not impossible. For outside use of the paint markers I do finish them with a clear coat water based spray.
More tips to come in my next blog.