Sketching Tools

February 4, 2016

My Current Urban Sketching Kit

My daily kit as of March 2021. These are the sketching tools that I carry with me (practically) everywhere whether I am urban sketching at home or traveling the world.

Note: My kit changes constantly, but generally it’s a variation of the items shown in this photo. From time to time I try to minimise my kit (see here) but it normally grows back to something similar to the photo above.

Full Listing

Watercolour Paints

  • A mix of Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton and Schmincke watercolours in a metal  tin. More details here.
  • All the colours in my palette – refer to this series of articles.

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. 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
  • More about permanent inks for Fountain Pens here.
  • In depth series of articles about Fountain Pens


  • 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.