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!

Bio Beetle | Portfolio

Bio Beetle | Portfolio

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I’m always setting myself projects to do and to add to my ever expanding portfolio. As a result 80% of my portfolio is self-taught and motivated work but I don’t really see it as work – it’s too much fun for that!

Over the past few months I have been enjoying teaching myself some new techniques on Adobe Photoshop. I’m absolutely obsessed with watching, buying and testing out everything to do with the software. I think i’m going to look into doing a course on it. Here’s my take on a bio-mechanical insect using so so many layers and overlays. I was pretty pleased with the end result and tried out some other techniques with animals in photoshop which i’ll upload in another post; perhaps i’ll make this a regular thing and focus on the different aspects in my portfolio to give you a more in depth knowledge of the different pieces I have. Note to self: remember to keep creating!

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The Insect series of images I created was was a really fun set of images to produce. I wanted to create a robotic feel to the creatures using techniques I had learnt from tutorials.

I’ve always had a creative background studying graphic design at college. Then whilst at uni studying Industrial design. I’ve dabbled in web design and recently started looking at UX & UI design.

By far, my most used and loved program has been Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Why do I love Photoshop? Photoshop allows you to create anything that is in your mind. With imagination and creativity you can create images that are other-worldly. I’ve always used the program and enjoyed learning all the tools in the program. My favourite tools have to be the pen and wand tools! You can create some crazy things with just these tools. There are still so many things I want to learn. I enjoy watching tutorials or reading articles explaining the newest techniques.

When you have such a powerful tool as the Adobe suite at your disposal, you can really achieve incredible images. Graphic design is something that I have always done and will continue to do.

Creating images that could be used in marketing and advertising campaigns is something I really enjoy doing.

Unleash your creativity and invest in learning more about at www.adobe.com

If you have any queries or any information about work opportunities then message me jgunnsdesign@gmail.com . I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

An image inspired by Transformers created in Photoshop CS6.