Yesterday I posted a sketchbook page showing both the tools I’d prepped and packed for the symposium along with the tools and supplies I’d picked up along the way. Now that I’ve been back a week, consolidating and de-duplicating, I think I can make some assertions about how I’m trimming and adjusting my new daily toolkit.
But first, here’s the sketchbook spread. Tools I brought with me are on the left. New tools I picked up on the way are on the right.
The first and easiest thing to adjust were the brushes. I’d been carrying a synthetic Princeton round 5, and it was just fine really, but I’ve since swapped it out for the sable blend Rosemary & Co. 8 round. I’d been wanting to bump to a larger round for a while, and decided to take advantage of Rosemary & Co.’s presence at the symposium to try theirs out. I used the 8 round fairly consistently after that while in Amsterdam, and have continued to use it now that I’m home. It keeps a better point, and is a preferable size for now. It works for the smaller sketches and is still large enough to not get lost when I’m doing larger spreads.
The other swap I made was the 3/8″ dagger. I’d been carrying a 3/8″ synthetic squirrel Princeton Neptune dagger, and honestly it just wasn’t working for me. The bristles are too soft, or they’re too long so they’re soft, or something like that. I’d wet the brush and it just seemed to fold over. It was hard to use the tip for any detail work, and all the marks seemed to flatten out, when I’d hoped for a larger version of the 1/4″ synthetic dagger I’d been carrying and using quite happily.
At the Symposium, I picked up a 3/8″ sable blend Rosemary & Co. dagger, and it’s been exactly what I wanted. The bristles are shorter and firmer, which has made the marks I’ve been wanting. The tip retains enough firmness to manage finer marks, and the blade itself has enough integrity to make a good variety of marks without ‘flattening out’ like the Neptune seemed to.
The next thing is the pens and drawing tools. I’ve now added the sailor fude pen to my daily kit and I’m still quite enamored with it. I like the varying line quality it gives and used it all through my Symposium sketching, and intend to keep using it.
I haven’t carried the watercolor pencils since the symposium ended, but may pull them out in the future for some specific task or vision.
I probably have a whole separate post brewing about the watercolor samples I received from the symposium, but I think I may try to incorporate Jane’s Gray into my daily carry palette, probably swapping out Indigo in exchange. At the moment, I’ve just continued to carry around all 17 of my symposium colors as I’ve finished up my symposium sketchbook. I also liked Transparent Red Oxide quite a bit, but am hesitant to fully swap it out with Burnt Sienna. We’ll see. I also decided I wanted to pick up some Buff Titanium, but that’s a whole other matter for a whole other post.
- On 9 August, 2019
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