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Sketching (30 minute ART)
For a beginner, going into an art supply store must be very confusing. There are hundreds of brushes, many different papers, and a bewildering choice of sketchbooks, pencils, and paints, all invitingly displayed.
However, help is here—on the next two pages, I will show you the basic simple materials you should buy. You don't need a large range of equipment for sketching, and for working on location you certainly won't want to carry a lot with you. At first, keep things simple with your materials and get used to them—if you want to try different ones, experience will guide you as you progress.
Pencils come in a range of grades. The most familiar one, which you will find in any stationery store, is HB. The letter "H" stands for hard lead. Of the wide range of hard-lead pencils available, the most useful for beginners are 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, and 6H. On the other side of HB are the "B," or soft-lead, grades. There are a wide range of these pencils, too, but the most useful for beginners are 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, and 6B.
I use a 2B pencil for most of my sketching, but there are times when I turn to a 3B or a 6B. These are the three pencils you need for the exercises in this book. You will also need a kneaded eraser for erasing your pencil marks. It is impossible to get everything correct the first time, so an eraser is as important as your pencil.
Unless otherwise specified, all the sketches in this book are on high-quality drawing paper; the remainder are on cold-pressed watercolor paper. Both can bebought in pads. There are a number of watercolor papers available, in different weights and surfaces. When I am working outdoors, most of my sketching is done in a Daler-Rowney sketchbook. Use a heavier weight paper for larger drawings.
Watercolors come in pans or tubes. I recommend that you don't use tubes, because you can control the amount of paint you put on your brush more easily from a pan, and a paint box of pans is more convenient for sketching outdoors. There are two qualities of paint: students' and artists'. I use artists' quality, but a Winsor & Newton Cotman pan set is a good, less expensive choice. The seven colors I use are discussed on page 22.
The best watercolor brushes are manufactured from sable hair, and they are the most expensive that you can buy. However, there are excellent synthetic brushes on the market that cost much less than sable, and they are used by many professional artists (Winsor & Newton synthetic watercolor brushes are one example). I use a No. 10 round brush as my big brush, a No. 6 round as my small brush, and a Rigger No. 2 for thin lines. The higher the number, the larger the brush.Sketching (30 minute ART). Copyright � by Alwyn Crawshaw. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.