Mike’s Recommended Supplies
Mike will be using his Pocket Palette with 20 Mini Pans, a Large Mixing Pan (doubles as a sponge holder), and a Pentel Medium Water Brush.
Mike uses Holbein paints, but equivalent colors from another brand will work (see our selection of Daniel Smith paints):
- Permanent Yellow
- Cadmium Yellow Orange
- Jaune Brilliant No.2
- Rose Madder
- Cadmium Red Deep
- Mineral Violet
- Yellow Ochre
- Light Red
- Burnt Umber
- Olive Green
- Permanent Green No.1
- Hooker’s Green
- Terre Verte
- Shadow Green
- Horizon Blue
- Royal Blue
- Prussian Blue
- Payne’s Grey
- Lamp Black
SketchbookMike’s personal favorite is the Stillman & Birn Alpha series in 10” x 7” Size.
Any pen with non-water soluble ink is good. If you have never tried a Fude fountain pen, I would recommend one for this workshop. Sailor makes a nice one, as well as other manufacturers such as Hero and Duke.
Please note: Most ink cartridges that come with fountain pens are not waterproof. Be sure to purchase a converter to fill it with the waterproof ink listed below.
- Gray pens: Tombow Brush pens–N75, N65, N55
- Black pen: Kuretake Bimoji
- White gel pen: Sakura Gelly Roll 08, and Posca White
Ink: Since we will be using watercolor on top of the lines, it is best to use a converter for the fountain pens and pick an ink that is waterproof. Noodler’s Lexington Gray works very well, and so does Platinum Carbon Ink.
What to expect
Art Toolkit workshops are live events that take place on Zoom. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a link to a recording to review on your own time (viewable for at least six months).
We’ll be in touch a week before the workshop with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to adjust for your time zone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a waitlist.
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Mike Daikubara is an artist, designer, and author who has published numerous books on urban sketching. Two of his books, Sketch Now Think Later and Color First, Ink Later, are instructional and draw on his vast experience sketching on-location from direct observation.
He first began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to help him communicate better and faster at his day job as a designer. Now, he sketches daily to see, understand, and enjoy the world around him!
Mike is Japanese-American and grew up in Tokyo and New York City, attending an international school with kids from all over the world. For the past 25 years, he has worked as an Industrial Designer in various industries, such as Cosmetics, Consumer Electronics, and Household Appliances. Mike currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Kana, and their two Bengal cats, Tenten and Totora.
You can see more of Mike’s work on his website and on Instagram, an in this Art Toolkit live demo.