Sketching Tools

February 4, 2016


My Current Sketching Kit

My daily sketching kit as of December 2018. This is the stuff which I carry with me (practically) everywhere.


Full Listing

  • For the full listing of everything in this kit please refer to this article.
  • Note: My kit changes constantly, but generally it’s a variation of the items shown in this photo.


  • A mix of Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton and Schmincke watercolours in an Art Basics tin. More details here.

My two favourite Fountain Pens

  • Lamy Joy pen (white) with a gold nib (once was EF but now more like a M in thickness) filled with De Atramentis Document Ink black. More about permanent inks for Fountain Pens here. Please note the Joy is a calligraphy pen and comes with a stub nib. I replaced that with a normal nib for drawing.
  • Green Sailor fountain pen with 55 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Ink Black and/or Urban Grey


  • The brush I use 99% of the time is Rosemary & Co Series 772 1/2 ” sable blend dagger. It has a sharpened end so that it fits into a toothbrush container. More about why I like this brush here.
  • I also have a Pentel Aquash Waterbrush in large. I don’t like the results from a waterbrush (washes are flat with little granulation) so I rarely paint with it. The main use is as a clean water supply for pre-wetting skies
  • Refer to the Brushes Section for more details.


  • When I’m out urban sketching I attach my sketchbook, palette and water container to a support board-  more details here.