Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Local shopping tip and sample field sketching kit

Time to check out your local Office Depot stores' clearance sections for some treasures. Some recent additions include assorted packs of index cards and holders that work quite well as portable sketching kits: take a handful of cards along with a pencil, and you can sketch anywhere without spending much in the materials used for your practice doodles and quick studies.
"500 blank cards for 83 cents" is a great deal that sure beats a small Moleskine sketchbook for ten bucks anyday. The Pentel Outline green/silver marker pen, refillable Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph 0.25 mm technical pen, and Staedtler Mars 0.25 & 0.3 mm technical pen refills were reduced to under 50 cents each (which is about 90% in savings from their retail prices).
Found this neat sketching bag (originally a German map case) in a recent trip to an Army Surplus store, proving that suitable art supplies can sometimes be found in the unlikeliest of places with just a little ingenuity. Its front pockets can hold a few wooden pencils, ruler, and sharpener while the two interior large compartments comfortably hold a Handbook 5" X 8" sketchbook and a tin of Caran D'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons with a couple of waterbrushes. This light and compact set up could easily be taken along on field sketching trips and sketchcrawls.

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