Below are several links that can help in developing an understanding of drawing, thinking and learning.



The size of the sketchbook is up to you, however, two issues that I’ll have to face when preparing the sketches for publication: 1) Scanning Area: I will be using a flat bed 8.5″ x 11″ scanner so any sketch that fits in that area would be ideal. 2) Contrast: Contrast is important for printing. So white, off-white or cream colored papers are the best. Black paper or cardboard colored paper probably won’t work well.

Pilot Extra Fine Nib Fountain Pen (Pilot P-FP-50R-B-EF)

Exquisite, extra fine, easy flow and inexpensive pens. These also come in clear plastic. The “nib” is the point of the pen.

(the only “brick and mortar” place I know to buy these is KINOKUNIYA Japanese Bookstore in Manhattan, Portland and San Francisco. You may be able to find them in other Japanese bookstore or stationery stores.)

Pilot Birdie Fine or Extra Fine Nib Fountain Pen

This pen is a good substitute for the Pilot mentioned above. These can be found on Ebay. (By the way, you may notice that some Pilot Birdies come with “converters”. These are for those who want to use bottled inks. The converters are removable so that you can use cartridges instead.)

Pencils / Lead Holders

I recommend using either wood pencils or lead holders that can be SHARPENED.

Shun “automatic” (.5mm) mechanical pencils–it is very difficult to find nuance in these…

Lead/ Pencil Sharpener

If you use a lead pointer for sketching, try these portable pointers:

A.W. FABER 50/28 “Mentor”: he first sharpener strips away the wood, the second sharpener points the lead.

KUM Lead Pointer:

ALVIN lead pointer:


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