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Dynamic Drawing Materials List

Along with your existing favorite gesture drawing tools please get these specific mark making tools. Montreal can be a frustrating town to source some things in, but I’ve investigated a few stores locally, and included a list of shops at the end here I think I can recommend. I’ve also linked to examples of many of the items, and most can be gotten from sites like jetpens.com or amazon.ca.

Corrections! making changes and fixing stuff tools!

  • ♦ Erasers; One kneadable & One white plastic. You will want both!
  • A Pentel Presto! Pocket Correction Pen. They can be had at many art stores and most office supply shops. I’ve picked up Prestos at De Serres and Staples. And saw bins full of them at Librairie Jasmin co-op UQAM! Bic makes something like them, and there are other correction pens but none as good. Ask for those before going with the Bics. And this is NOT correction Tape! Do not get Correction Tape.
  • White Gel Ink pens! Personally use Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153, there are others. I have not exhaustively tested them so try out a few? These are more for drawing white liner details than corrections but when sketching they can be handy for small touch ups and highlights.
  • ♦ OptionalDaler Rowney, Luma Bleed Proof White or  Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White-Opaque paint for watercolour. I’ve been doing some comparison testing and there are other options out there, but as white graphic artists correctional paint goes, those two brands I find to be the best.
  • ♦ Very OptionalDr. Ph. Martin’s, or Liquitex, white india ink. Harder to find in montreal, De Sarres sometimes has the Liquitex but was sold out when I visited. Both are interesting drawing options if it can be had. I’m testing out the Dr. Ph. Martin’s now. Not for corrections as much as drawing in white with a brush or nib.

Papers: We will use a lot, you’ll want to make sure you stock up. The paper you use for dynamic studies can be cheep, but it needs to be decent, and most importantly smooth paper! At least as smooth as what you make photocopies on. That’s Cartridge paper. Here’s my recommended list.

  • ♦ A Large [9”x12” or larger] sketchbook, or pad of smooth paper. And a small pocket or purse sized sketchbook for sketching while out and about. Again, Smooth paper is important! I’ve recently fallen in love with the RHODIA line of drawing pads with smooth ivory paper. Affordable “Ivory” smooth paper perfect for fast sketching. Whatever you get though, SMOOTH is important! Smooth smooth smooth…
  • ♦3-4 18”x24” Cartridge paper pads! – you can use newsprint but only if it’s smooth, not the rough kind. We get far better results from white Cartridge paper pads! Again, smooth here makes a big difference.
  • ♦ Optional: A pad of Bristol, smooth [hot press] paper for refined Ink work. 9×12 is fine, but you might want to get 11×14 if you want to ever do anything larger. I find the Strathmore 300 series to be ideal, and their windpower line is also workable. Don’t buy the 200 series Bristol though, it bleeds too much. It’s also possible to buy this in loose sheets and have it cut to your preferences as well.
  • ♦ Optional: A pad of mixed media paper or watercolour paper, for wet media work. You can buy them in large loose sheets like i’ve linked to, or in a pad. We don’t use a lot in the class, but get at least three big sheets to start if you buy loose paper. That will cut down to 16 pieces typically for use in class to start. Bring it to class uncut and i’ll show you have to prepare it.

Syn Studio has a student offer for purchases from British Blue Print so try to find as much as you can there to exploit that! Just print out the first email message the school sent you to show them to get 20% off your purchase.

Other options include DeSerres all over town, maybe call them before heading out, to see who has what where?; La Boutique des ARTS de la Coop UQAM where with a membership their prices are a tad cheaper than DeSerres generally. And around the corner from it in the same building, is Librairie Jasmin co-op UQAM! Great for things like the Gell Pens and Presto Correction Pens.

Brush pens and nice sketchbooks can also be found at Au Papier Japonais, and Nota Bene Papeterie has some very nice sketchbooks and a great selection of pens!

There’s La Cohop Saint-Laurent des Arts, another spot were membership has its benefits. And I quite like Encadrements Des Cèdres.

I hear Avenue Des Arts in Westmount can be good, Kama Pigment for pencils and paints and a small drawing supply section, and if you’re a student at concordia they have a decent Art Supply Store worth checking out too.

I suggest calling ahead for all of these to see who has the things you need before visiting them, saves time. Also several of the items, like gel pens, mechanical pencils and correction pens, can be sourced at places like Staples!

This, is a photo of my own tools with most of the things listed.

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Q: “I don’t have time to get everything before the first class, what do I need first?!”

A: No problem. I do want you to find all this stuff but it can be tough sometimes on a busy schedule. I’d say the must have first class materials would be:

♦ A Pentel Presto! Pocket Correction Pen
♦ A thick wood pencil like a carpenters pencil, or a solid graphite crayon, block, or pencil, for life sketching.
♦ Three dark blue or black standard Prismacolor pencils.
♦ 1 0.7mm [or larger lead size but not smaller] Sumo-Grip style mechanical pencil.
♦ Some Prismacolor Col-Erase® Colored Pencils,
♦ A good pencil sharpener!
♦ Erasers; One kneadable & One white plastic. You will want both.
♦3-4 18”x24” Cartridge paper pads! – you can use newsprint but only if it’s smooth, not the rough kind. Really you will get far better results from white Cartridge paper pads! Again, smooth here makes a big difference.
♦ One Large [9”x12” or larger] sketchbook, or pad of smooth paper. And one small pocket or purse sized sketchbook for sketching while out and about. Again, Smooth paper is important!

4 Responses to Materials List

  1. Julie L says:

    The pentel correction pen is any sort of “liquid paper pen” out there I figure. The people at the 2 stores I visited had no idea what it was, google image suddenly gave me the answer 🙂

    As for the Pentel Aquash brush, I guess any kind of water brush will do? They don’t have the Pentel one at Omer Desseres but I was shown another brand. Waited for first class to confirm our guess was right before buying. The item was located next to small paint rollers at the Omer on Taschereau.

    Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle 178036 maybe it’s a typo, 178026 exists, it’s the 2B version. The pack of 5 includes a brush with them (but I guess we may use the water brush instead )

    this totally felt like a treasure hunt btw!

  2. jonathan.picard says:

    Hi! If I do no find the
    2 Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle pencils 178036
    what can I take as a replacement (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B? graphite aquarelle)

    Thanks! See you Sunday!

    Jonathan

    • salgoodsam says:

      For those, a water colour pencil of some kind, the kind that are water-soluble. Were they out? I’m going to the shop today to pick up a few things, i’ll look to see.

    • salgoodsam says:

      Ok, was just there. The Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle pencils are hard to find, they are with the paints on the other side of the main isle, and at the far end.

      The have some loose pencils in plastic jugs, though they are running out of those.

      And there are some packs of sets.

      If you can grab some those are by far the best watercolor pencils there are.

      But if you can’t get those any black or very dark water colour pencil will suffice for our class. None of the supplies on the list are impossible to substitute for different brands, just what i found that matched the things i find useful.

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