I started my Promarker collection during the spring of last year. I was lucky enough to learn about an art store which had them on sale, so I got a handful of markers for a much cheaper price than usual. The collection soon grew beyond the first 20 I bought, and it didn’t take long to reach 34 markers. I just recently bought five more, pushing the total up to the current number of 39 markers.
I (accidentally) bought two of the same color, and there’s of course the colorless blender… so I’ve only got 37 different colors. I think there’s about 148 colors available in total, so I’ve still got a long way to go if I want to have all of them. Also, they’re not really cheap, so buying all of them at once feels like a huge investment. I think I’m going to stick with buying a few now and then, or when I find out that I really need a color that I don’t already have.
Here’s the list of different colors that I currently have in my arsenal. I’m going to list them in the order you can see in the image above:
- Berry Red, Orange, Amber, Sunflower, Buttercup, Lemon, Lime Zest, Meadow Green, Leaf Green, Lime Green, Pine, Marsh Green, Petrol Blue, Midnight Blue, True Blue, Denim Blue, Cool Aqua, Prussian, Plum, Violet, Rose Pink
- Terracotta, Ginger, Tan, Sandstone, Khaki, Satin (x 2), Putty, Saffron, Blush, Dusky pink, Ivory, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3, Ice Grey 5, Cool Grey 2, Blender
The above picture shows a selection of my sketchbooks and pads of various paper. This is hard proof that I tend to buy more art supplies than I ever use (a rather uneconomical habit, I might add). You could say that I’m hoarding, but I honestly just enjoy having a lot of possibilities when it comes to different paper qualities and sizes. Also, I’m intrigued by the general idea that a blank page holds an endless amount of potential.
Speaking of blank pages, I’ve actually only used a few pages in most of the different pads of paper and sketchbooks represented above. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been using the sketchbooks to their full potential. Still, I find that I have to fight the urge to get a new pad of paper or sketchbook whenever I’m in an art store. “Maybe I should try this bleed-proof paper with my Promarkers”, “Perhaps the ink from my nib pen will work great with this heavy paper” or “Here’s a nice, small format sketchbook that will fit perfectly in my bag. I could sketch so many ideas in there…”
So, I’m balancing on a fine line between learning to use the sketchbooks I already own, and wanting to have a lot of possibilities (different paper types, size, format). But I have to ask; If you’re an artist, do you feel the same about sketchbooks or perhaps art supplies in general? Are there things you tend to buy more of than you really need?
Anyway, I’m definitely going to make the most out of the sketchbooks I’ve already got, and frankly, I think I’m good for quite a while.