Hey everyone! So on my last post, Bella, a dearest junior of mine, suggested that I share my drawing tools here. And because I’m so keen on writing and posting (yeah, right), I gladly took the idea. I don’t know if this post is going to be coherent, but I had a lot of fun on the process. I wrote and took the pictures this Friday, which happened to be a very rare day in my office where our task schedule wasn’t so packed, and my superior is on a business trip. I took my things to my office only because it has better lighting than my boarding room, and due to the very laid back day, it turned into an art class with my workmates. 😀
I brought everything, including my sketchbooks, the one that I usually use to draw portraits, an A5 Kiky Sketchbooks, and the one that I just bought on the last post, my pencil case, a charcoal case, and a can full of pencil colors.
But it will be boring if I just describe it with words, so I made some comparisons for the drawing tools. I use 3 kinds of tools: pencil, charcoal, and pencil color.
I don’t really have any preference about what brand my pencils are. Because I don’t think that there really is a standout brand. I have H, B, 2B, 7B and 8B pencils.
I found this tools for the first time about 2 years ago. I exclusively use Derwent for my charcoals, because originally there weren’t many brands that’s familiar for me in Indonesia, and I found out later that Derwent is actually a pretty great one. I’ve alaways wanted to try charcoal for a long time, but never had the chance to update my tools up until then. It’s a great tool if you prefer black and white sketches. The downside is you need to be reaaally neat and careful because it’s pretty messy with crumbs (I don’t know if it’s the right term?), so you might need some tissue, cotton, or even a brush for a neat finish.
I actually had some trouble with coloring, so there were only a handful of times that I use pencil color before. But after some trial and error, I think I enjoyed it a little better because there were so much things to experiment with colors. I used to only know Faber-Castell pencils (it’s the most common brand found in Indonesia on my childhood), and after some browsing and trial, I found Lyra as an adequate brand which is slightly better than Faber-Castell. The color is better pigmented and easier to blend. And after I found a pretty big stationery near my office, I have a new favorite, which is Derwent Coloursoft. It has a very soft but pigmented color, that made it so much easier to blend. But unfortunately, it’s pretty pricey, so I just bought some skin colored ones. If anyone is considering giving me a birthday present, this would be the ultimate one. 😀
So, those are the tools that I use for my drawings. And in this occasion, I’ll just put 1 bonus sketch that I made this noon during lunch, based on one of my favorite artists sketch toolkit04. It’s slightly different because the difference in skill level (of course). Hahaha.