Lori Pullman

The bottom line...You can draw on anything, with anything, but if you are interested this is what I use when drawing or painting.The list below is a suggested palettes of markers, colored pencils [pdf], line media, paper media, and tools [pdf] for various illustration methods.

Marker and Color Pencils
A variety of marker brands is available at sotres that speialize art or drafting supplies. Chartpak Ad Markers, Prismacolor Markers, and Copic Marker are among the most popular brand names. Each of the markers mentioned are good choices. Which one do you choose? Copic offers a wide range of brush tips and the ability to refill and create your own marker color. So, the upfront costs might be a bit more but in the long run less expensive. Prismacolor Markers work really well on bond paper and relatively inexpensive investment; Chartpak Ad Markers work really well on tish, tough on bond paper, relatively inexpensive. All of the brands can be used on all material, you just have to make some adjustments to your technique. Here is the list with a cross-reference chart of brand-name colors and a list of Prismacolor Color Pencils. Its approximate color cross-reference but its a start.


  • Drafting tissue paper (white) 24” wide, 12” wide, 6" wide – roll
  • Drafting vellum (1000h) 18” wide
  • Sketchbook - spiral bound is most useful especially if you are left handed. I recommend a small sketchbook so that you would actually carry it with you (smallest: 3.5"x5.5" and the largest [approx]: 5"x 8.25"). I prefer Moleskine with square grids (they also have a Watercolor Notebook and a Japanese Album). But certainly not necessary.
    Another option is that you can purchase bond paper (or any paper you like drawing on), and have a print shop trim (if you would like a certain size book) and comb-bind the stack of paper to use it as a sketchbook -- works great.
  • #58 Heavy Weight White Tracing Paper by Seth Cole (can be hard to find but great to work with color markers) – 18” roll

Pencils and Pens

  • Drafting pencils: .05, .07 and .09 HB and 2H
  • 314 General Draughting pencil (fantastic for sketching)
  • Black pens (4 different width lines - - Heavy, Medium, Thin, Very Thin) – Experiment to see what works for you. Lots of choices but these seem to work well for most people:
      Sets of Pens
    • Sakura Pigma Micron: 005, 01, 03, 05, 08; or
    • Copic: .03, .05, .01, .03, .05, .08, 1.0; or
    • Staedtler Pigment Fineliner: .1, .3, .5, .7
  • Marvy Le Pen (Thin) great for sketching - doesn't dry out
  • Pilot Razor Point (Thin)
  • Sharpie Fine Point (Medium)
  • Pentel Sign Pen (Heavy) - you can also cut the tip on an angle for a variation on the tip
Other Materials
  • Drafting triangles: 45/45/90°and 30/60/90° include an inking edge; size: 4" and 12"
  • Circle template – “Staedtler” #977110 is a good choice
  • Compass - [for big circles] add a extension beam and pen holder
  • Parallel Glider – Alvin only
  • Erasers: white “Staedtler” and kneaded “Design”
  • Stainless Steel Eraser Shield
  • 18"-24" Transparent Ruler/Straightedge
  • Architectural Scales
  • Engineering Scales
  • Drafting tape or dots
  • Exacto knife and extra blades–very sharp, can cause severe injury - must have a cap
  • Pencil sharpener – Panasonic Portable Electric; or Hunt Desktop; and a old-school small pocket size sharpener
  • Portable Drafting Table – 36” wide would be a great size
  • Colored NuPastel - chalk (12 pack)
  • Lightbox -- not essential but a great tool
Watercolor Materials
  • Paper: Arches 300-lb. cold-press, 140-lb. Arches [good choice to start], 260-lb Winsor & Newton paper (any paper under 200lb in weight should be stretched)
  • Paint: Good quality paints will produce good quality work. Always try to buy the best you can afford. I use Winsor & Newton Artist quality
  • Colors: Naples Yellow, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Light Red, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Davy's Gray, black, Cadmium Yellow light, permanent Magenta and Prussian Blue
  • Brushes: 2-inch wash brush; 1-inch, 3/4-inch, 5/8-inch, 3/8-inch, 1/4-inch flat ; No. 6, 8, 10 or 12 Round Sable; No.3 sable quill or rigger; and a No. 14 nylon bristle brush [brushes in bold are a minimum]
  • Other equipment: masking tape, masking fluid (you may want to purchase a ruling pen to add fine details), Fine Texture Gel, palette knife, exacto knife/razor blades, putty eraser, cotton rags, wooden bridge (make it vs. buy it), small natural sponges, opaque permanent white, spray bottle, water pot, drawing board
Drawing Books