A quick review of stuff I use for traditional drawing and sketching.
When I was in a high school I was a big fan of pencils. I used all kinds of them - automatic, graphite, solid graphite, charcoal. Then I discovered other media - pens and markers. I fell in love with them almost immediately and I use them all the time since then.
I prefer pens and markers over pencils because somehow they make you think quickly about the design before making a mark on the paper. Once you put a mark on the paper, it stays there, forever. Each line has a meaning. Yes, it is more difficult to get what you want and it's easier to ruin the drawing with even one bad line. But if so, you have to start a new sketch, which results in lots of design variations and there is always chance of "happy accidents". With pencils, you would just erase bad line and refine the drawing until it's done, but you end up with one design. By keeping all steps and evolution of a design, permanent media help my design process a lot.
In this first episode of Tools of Doom, I'll talk a bit about Sharpie Markers, the basic tool I use for sketching.
Sharpie Permanent Markers
|1. Sanford Sharpie markers.|
|Sharpie sizes and line weights.|
|Sharpie thumbnail sketches - Extra fine.|
|Sharpie thumbnail sketches (Ultra fine + Fine).|
I use black Sharpies for sketching, but there are other colors available. Sometimes i use green, red or yellow for some notes and indications.
Here are a couple of more examples of Sharpie sketches.
|Sharpie Ultra fine.|
|Sharpie Ultra fine + Fine.|
|Lefties (sketches with left hand) - Sharpie Ultra fine.|
|Quick sketch note - Sharpie Ultra fine + Fine.|
|Sketch note - Sharpie Ultra fine.|
Since usually you can't get Sharpies in any kind of store in Poland, I have to order them from online distributor in 12 pieces packs. I use them a lot anyway and that way I always have a fresh ones on my desk.
Coming next - Copic Markers.