This week I thought I'd share with you some of the tools I use for sketching in my sketchbooks:
Sketches With Watercolor, 9" x 6", watercolor & pen, © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom
The cute little bear was first drawn in pencil then watercolored, then outlined in pen. This particular sketchbook allows watercolor in it without getting all wrinkled. Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook
Sketches With Lamy Safari Pen and Noodler's Ink, 9" x 6", © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom
This was from the same sketchbook. Its an indian Raven Mask on a stand and I sketched it using my Lamy Safari Pen and Noodlers Ink. It makes wonderful thin lines with this fine tip.
Sketches With Pencil, 9" x 6", © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom
The above pencil drawing was a preliminary drawing for a watercolor I was going to paint but never got around to it - yet. I mostly use a retractable lead pencil, only because I never have to worry about sharpening it, but upon occasion I'll use any pencil I have laying around.
Sketches in Pilot Pen, 9" x 6", © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom
On this sketch I did on 9/11 I used my Bic Pilot pen P-500 Extra Fine. When moistened it leaves a nice smear that can be used for shading.