Drawing tools – urban sketching

I sketch on location. So I have to carry my drawing tools around. Here is my equipment as of March 2018.

I made the tool roll from a tea-towel, having scrutinised the ready-made options online and found nothing that worked for me. The lovely Cornelissen paintbrush which I received as a present is 9 and a half inches long. It doesn’t fit in a standard pencil wrap or pencil case. All the “artists brush wrap” rolls online and in the art shops are intended for oil brushes and are 13 inches long – too big.

So I made one. It also holds my pen, pencil, and paintbox, and a couple of other brushes.

I carry the water separately, and use a screw-top plastic container as a water pot.

Paintbox clipped to the top of the sketchbook

At the moment I am using a small paintbox with full pans and half pans, carefully fitted in. This is my paintbox number 2. Paintbox number 1 is the same size but has only half-pans and a few more colours. I prefer the full pans as I don’t have to be so careful with them – and I was getting through the half-pans rather quickly. I use the top of the box as a pallet. When I’m painting I clip it onto the top of the book. Then I can paint standing up.

The picture shows this, with paintbox number 1.



2 thoughts on “Drawing tools – urban sketching”

  1. The sticker with the URL and QR code on the back of the sketchbook is a good idea — I’ll go find me some stickers straightaway.
    (Just found your site; love it and have added it to my feeds. Thank you for sharing.)

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    1. That’s very kind cybaea. Thank you. The stickers are made in the UK by a company called “MOO.com”. I put the QR code because sometimes people see me sketching in the street and ask if I have a website. Also I put the QR code on hand painted postcards I send people. The stickers are very small – it shows I have a website without being too “in-your-face” about it.


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