Designers today have access to advanced digital tools, but the meat and potatoes of the job still exists in the analog.
Using basic art supplies, designers and artists are free to explore concepts and form at a quicker pace than digital allows.
Pencil (and pen) with paper is still a sacred combination for visual artists of all kinds.
Here are 7 tools I can personally vouch for in terms of quality and performance. May they serve you well!
You need a good set of graphite pencils. For under 20$ you can get a set from Faber-Castell.
These are high quality pencils.
These have a nice feel and sharpen well.
You bring your ideas to life through the tip of a pencil, so your relationship with your pencil set is a big one.
These easily kneadable erasers absorb well and leave no residue.
Ideal for lightening and correcting pencil work, they are also great for cleaning films and layouts.
Each package comes with two erasers.
This two-hole steel blade pencil sharpeners is made of milled magnesium alloy.
It comes in barrel shape containers and three assorted colors. This inner sharpener features screw-on top.
Block profile with recessed grip area.
The blades are made of high-carbon steel, therefore long-lasting and very sharp.
Dynamic torsion action built into each blade makes for a smoother, cleaner cut.
Your concept sketching should always take place in two phases, first pencil and then ink.
A good Pigma ink pen will allow you to create forms with more precision.
Using pencil sketching as a guide, a precise ink pen will allow you to do a second pass and create better shape and form.
A must have if you’re going to create clean and clear storyboards and concept sketches.
You need a sketchbook!
I would recommend buying a small sketchbook and a medium sketchbook.
Small sketchbooks are great for carrying around in your pocket and jotting ideas when they hit you.
Moleskine is simple and beautiful.
Grid lines will give small concepts a solid structural coherence.
Heavyweight recycled CO-MO sketch is a hard, clean, natural white 80-Pound (130 grams per square meter) sheet with excellent erasing qualities.
The textured surface has excellent tooth.
Double sized to accept light use of wet media. For use with pencil, pen and ink, light washes.
30 sheets per spiral bound pad.
This pencil keeper is perfect for holding pencils tools and other small supplies.
Made of a durable water-resistant PVC fabric with an easy glide zipper.
Measuring 4.5 x 10 it is just the right size for fitting into a backpack.
Having a reliable set of art supplies is a must for full time designers and artists.
I hope these recommendations can serve you well.