What I Use
Often I'm asked about the supplies I use in my work, these are the most frequently used items, from colored pencil to white markers to make small details stand out.
Caran D' Ache Luminance
These are extremely pigmented colored pencils that I recently started to incorporate with Prismacolors on some of my pieces. I like how they are rich in color and blend easily. They also work great with acrylic paint for my mixed media work.
Prismacolor Premier Soft Core colored pencils are one of
my favorite brands of pencils.
I find it very easy to mix these with other
medias such as acrylic paint or soft pastel.
Usually I will just purchase individual pencils, as I have no need
to acquire another full set of pencils.
Here are the 2 brands of charcoal that I use for some of my works. For some pieces, I will use an acrylic wash so I can have a good base before applying charcoal. Derwent charcoal is a little bit harder than General's charcoal, allowing me to create more precise lines. General's has 2 types of charcoal, the original (orange pencil) & Primo, which has a softer lead, making blending extremely easy. The charcoal sticks are also from General's, for covering large areas.
Derwent pastel & Tinted charcoal
Derwent makes highly pigmented pastel pencils, the lead is soft and blends effortlessly, but can almost be sharpened to a point if needed. I will usually incorporate these and the tinted charcoal into charcoal pieces, after the acrylic wash.
If I want to get a large area colored when using colored pencil, then I will use a layer of marker first, to get the white paper filled in. After that I can color over it with colored pencils. This process cuts down on the coloring time, since I can be lazy sometimes. I mostly will use the brown & black for coloring hair to block in the shadowed areas before using pencil. I use Prismacolor double-ended chisel tip &
brush tip markers.
PanPastel is a great addition to charcoal & colored pencil works.
It's a soft pastel powder that can be applied using a sponge applicator and/or soft bristle brushes. They are very easy to blend,
I purchase them individually rather than in sets to get the colors I want. If I'm drawing a person, and I want to add subtle shading to the skin, I will use these.
For charcoal pieces and some mixed media pieces, I will use a Faber-Castell white marker to add highlights, or I will use
white acrylic paint.
Markers can have a little bit more precision than brushes. The other markers you see pictured are chalk markers from Target