Design Kit Essentials

Design Kit Essentials

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I’ve had a massive sort through the piles of stuff I have in my room and what became clear to me is that I have a problem…my name is Jack and I am addicted to buying stationary. I thought I’d give a quick run down of the things I’d recommend filling your life with, if, like me you are partial to a marker or paintbrush. Here are some of the things I can’t draw without. Creating and building a professional design kit is a must for any conceptual artist or creative enthusiast. I’ll be suggesting my top 6 things that everyone needs in theirs! Wether your trying to master a marker rendering or capture a detailed pencil sketch these kit essentials will help you along your creative way.

Markers

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Marker pens are a must have for any design professional looking to create clear, sharp and realistic hand renders. I use Letraset pro markers ( RRP. £2.23 each) which give great coverage and with the double ended tips can be used as a thick edged pen or thin nib line. There expensive but well worth it if you want to build a reliable collection of markers. Copic, Kurecolor and Spectrum markers are also favourites!

*Tip : Add blender pens into your marker kit to help give a smooth, seamless blended colour transition when creating shadows or highlights.

Graphic Pencils

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One of the basic essentials are pencils as they allow a structure for sketching outlines and framed sketches for whatever your drawing or media preference. A good set of graphic sketching pencils like these from Derwent, with a range of degrees i.e. non scratchy 9H to a soft 9B. These pencils really are great for crisp outlines or shaded sketches.

Putty Eraser

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A good quality eraser can help save a mistake in a drawing or help remove shade to create highlights in a soft sketch. Choosing to use putty based erasers allows you to kneed it into itself to refresh the eraser giving a clean finish each time without smudging.

White Gel Pen

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Keeping one of these pens handy can help to emphasise a highlight or spot glow on marker renders; adding to the realistic effect of demonstrating lighting.

Blending Stumps

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These blending stumps have helped me to create believable blended smoothness in my pencil sketches by helping to eliminate harsh pencil lines. They can be used with a variety of media including; chalk, pastel, coloured pencil and charcoal.

A black Marker/Fine Liner

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For creating a strong defined outline a black fine liner is a must. I use these Staedtler & UniPin fine liners, I have a few in smaller nib sizes like 0.5 for those thin precise lines and thicker one at 0.7 & 0.8 to give a bolder more weighted line.

And those are my 6 must have pieces of stationary equipment as a designer and artist that I constantly have to replace because I use them all the time!

Wacom Bamboo Tablet | Review

Wacom Bamboo Tablet | Review

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The first tablet I purchased was the Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. I paid £60.00 ($90) on amazon and needed something to practice on and begin getting used to with. So this was ideal for what I needed it for, anyone who is looking to buy there first tablet and not wanting to shed out loads for a top of the range product I'd recommend buying this one. The feel of the pen on the tablet was the only thing I disliked, it took me a while to co-ordinate my hand with the on screen cursor. But at it's price and for what I was able to achieve with it I was pretty pleased.

After a few months of having this I feel like I'm happy with the functionality of it and ready to save up for an upgrade and investing in one that I'm able to draw right onto a screen with as It would be a lot more creatively beneficial for my work. The tablet drawing space is quite small so you do have to keep hovering over the tablet if your working on a larger document on  screen but the pen does pretty much copy your movements and creates a realistic hand drawn finish.

What they say:

"Just getting going with your art? Transitioning from paper to computer-based work? The Bamboo is a great way to explore your interests, with a premium feel of the pen tablet and everything you need to get started in the box.

• Start something fun! Sketch, draw, paint, all on your computer with the new Bamboo Splash. You'll work both digitally and naturally, thanks to the feel of the Bamboo pen in your hand. Whenever your art and your computer come together, a Bamboo pen tablet is a must have!
• You can replicate pencils, chalks, oils and watercolors as you move the Bamboo pen naturally across the tablet. Create your own effects, experiment, and share your stuff with others digitally. Most of all, have some fun!"

Specification
• Accuracy: +/- .02 in (+/- 0.5 mm) 
• Active Area: 5.8" x 3.6" 
• Color: Black and Lime 
• Compatibility: Windows 7, Vista SP2, XP SP3, Mac OS X.10.5 or higher, Intel Processor 
• Connection: USB Type A (PC) , USB Micro (tablet) 
• Max Data Rate: 133 pps 
• Orientation:Reversible for right- or left-handed users 
• Physical Size: 8.3'' x 5.8'' x 0.3'' 
• Pressure Levels: 1024 
• Resolution: 2540 lpi 
• Warranty: 6 months

Package includes:
• 1x Bamboo tablet
• 1x Bamboo pen
• 1x Spare pen nibs
• 1x Quick Start Guide

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Some of the work I was able to create with this tablet and pen is below and I'm fairly satisfied with the finish that was achieved by using it.

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Overall I'd give this a 3 out of 5 for any beginners looking to use something better than their mouse and wanting to learn how to paint and draw digitally.

Happy creating!

Take time to doodle!

Take time to doodle!

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Being able to set aside time to just sketch something is so important for me. The enjoyment I get from just simply picking up a pencil and sketchpad is unparalleled, especially when I know it’s not being graded and isn’t for someone else! Being able to just doodle is a great way to get everything out of my head into a visual form that I can build form. Sometimes choosing the creative career path can actually be pretty draining on your creativity; so it’s great to remember that it started as a hobby and is beneficial to do things for your enjoyment as well. Loved drawing this jamming to one of my old school favourite bands. This blog is designed for me to able to release some creativity in my own little section of the internet and deliver some great content which hopefully inspires you to have a go yourself. I’m always working on a variety of projects so there will hopefully be something you find interesting here! I’ll aim to upload new content weekly and if you’d like to follow me on my social media then you can stay up to date with the newest creations from me.

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