When sketching from life, there's no point in loading yourself down with rags, erasers and fixatives: You need to take along the min-i-mum!
For obvious reasons of organization, it is preferable to avoid working on loose leaf paper (because it can get lost or damaged). Your most practical tool is a sketch pad.
How do you select it?
Select a pad with a hard back. This provides you with support.
- Spiral pads are practical because the sheets are independent of each other.
- As for format, go for simplicity. A4 or A5 sizes provide you with a very comfortable drawing surface and are not very cumbersome. As for volume, go light... a hundred sheets are quite enough.
- Sketch paper is usually bulked, that is, both light and thick. It is perfectly suited to graphite, pastel, charcoal and sanguine drawing.
However, if you work with a felt-tip or marker, select a pad of smooth, water and ink resistant, paper (layout paper).
How do you use it?
Connoisseurs tell us that sketch pads usually come with bulked paper. What are its qualities? It is both light and thick. It is a fairly rough paper, ideal for quick sketches and studies.
Any pencil or ballpoint will do. But some media have significant advantages: