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Sketching Tools

March 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Since I don’t share enough about what I do at Viget, and because Leah Buley has a great article on sketching in the March 2009 Adaptive Path newsletter, I give you the three components of my sketching toolkit:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artists Pens (8pc Manga Set)

Faber-Castell Pitt Artists Pens (8pc Manga Set)

I’ve been using Pitt artist pens for sketching for the last few years, but I only recently discovered the 8pc Manga Set. It includes three different black markers (brush, medium, and superfine), and a 5 shades of gray (brush tips). The black pens are great for sketching, and the grays let you add shading and highlights.

Buy the Pitt 8pc Manga Set at Dick Blick or Amazon

Adaptive Path Sketch Templates

AP’s sketch templates are great both for generating ideas (use the multi-page layout) or for generating detailed sketches (use the single-page layout). I keep stacks of these on my desk.

Misc Pens

I like to have a yellow highlighter to add just a bit of color in my sketches, usually to indicate a highlight or active element. The fine point red pen gets used for highlights on occasion, but mostly I use it to markup my sketches when I’m reviewing them with the team. The fine point black pen is used for annotations, notes, and the very occasional fine detail.

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