If you’re planning to participate in DrawMo! and are not doing so because you’ve already got a ton of paper and art supplies that you never use, now is the time to start gathering some tools.
Or not. It would be perfectly cool to draw with ballpoint pens on napkins for the entire month—or on business cards, as Hugh MacLeod does.
But in case you do want to splurge on some art supplies, I thought perhaps we could ease the anticipatory tension a bit by talking about what kind of materials we like to use.
Me, I’ve always loved Caran d’Ache water-soluble colored pencils. You can use them dry, on dry paper, just like normal pencils, or you can draw on wet paper, or you can use a wet pencil on dry paper, or a wet pencil on wet paper, or you can draw dry and then brush all or part of the drawing with water, or . . . you get the idea.
The tin of pencils I just bought even came with a little multilingual booklet explaining the many ways you might want to use them. These pencils are not cheap, of course—a tin of twelve cost me about $23 at Dick Blick. But they also had another brand—
Winsor Newton, maybe? Derwent—for way less. So shop around. Has anybody used a different brand?
Another medium I like is, perhaps not surprisingly, India ink. I used this a lot during the Pleistocene era (i.e., in college), with a brush and water. I really liked that it’s permanent—though this can be a hazard if you’re the clumsy type—and that if you mix it with a tiny bit of soap, you can paint just about any surface, no matter how slick. So you might want to play with that.
As for paper, I’ll be using a thus-far-mostly-empty Moleskine, because I have it already, and because I would like it to stop emitting mutation-causing Guilt Rays. But in olden days I used to like spiral-bound pads of watercolor paper.
Ye who already actually draw, what do you like to use? Elizabeth, I know, has a very interesting post on this: a few notes on my materials… . . .