Thursday, July 22, 2010

Old and new media, tools of the sketcher trade

Here's a look at my sketching tools these days.

Old and new media, tools of the sketcher trade

Watercolor kit
Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Box Set - 24 Color Set

Pentel waterbrush

Fountain pens
Lamy Safari with Noodlers Black ink
Sailor Calligraphy fountain pen 40-degree nib
Sailor Calligraphy fountain pen 55-degree nib

Pens and pencils
Micron pens
Prismacolor pencils

Moleskine pocket sketchbook
Canson Mixed Media 9x12 spiral bound sketchbook
CoMo spiral bound sketchbook
Bee Paper spiral bound sketchbook
Reporter's notebook

For extra fun
Panthervision power cap for night sketching!

Are you all packed for the Symposium? Feel free to share a photo of your sketching tools here if you haven't already.

Looking forward to meeting all the participants in less than a week, as well as sharing the Portland experience with everyone else through this blog.

Safe travels everyone!


  1. Gabi,
    This is awesome!
    2 things I've never tried but would like to is the Sailor Fountain pen (with the bent tip) and the Power cap. They look fun.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Great photos Gabi. I am glad to see that you also have some bigger sketchbooks than the pocket one. Looking forward to meeting you. You have done a fantastic job on this blog and the whole symposium! Thank you.

  3. Hi Gabi,
    What's in the yellow bottle? I am very excited about learning new techniques for my sketching! Thanks for providing the opportunity.


  4. thank you guys!

    @mike, i'm still getting the hang of the Sailor but I really like it, haven't drawn with a black micron since I started using fountain pens a couple of months ago, i'm not looking back now!

    @Nance, the yellow bottle is for water to refill the waterbrushes.

    @lapin, you can get one now that you are in the U.S.!

    looking forward to seeing you guys in just a few days!

  5. I am curious about the Sailor fountain pens. For ink, I now use an uni-ball Vision Elite (waterproof & won't leak in flight) or a Rapidograph .60. I recently acquired a Lami Safari and feel sacrilegious saying it, but I don't feel as though I get a good line or hold on it. Perhaps it has to do with the angle of the nib. I like the varied line I see in your work. I'm willing to invest in another fountain pen other than a Safari, but need some guidance. At this point, your addressing this when we're in Portland might be best. See you soon!

  6. Marcia - what paper are you using with the Safari? It works like a dream on Moleskine sketchbook paper. Not so great on watercolor paper I have found, unless you wet the paper first to get the sizing out.

  7. Hey Gabi, you should get the Panthervision company to sponsor us next time - we could all be stylin around Portland at night in our Panthervision caps. But seriously, night sketching would be a great session topic for a future symposium. I've seen some great night sketches on flickr (including your 4th of July sketch) and would love to learn more about how to do it well.

  8. Thank you so much for this. I was into this issue and tired to tinker around to check if its possible but couldnt get it done. Now that i have seen the way you did it, thanks guys

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