Hello friends! Interested in the creative stuff that is tucked in all the corners, shelves and drawers in the studio? As always, we highly encourage you to use what you have, make notes and only invest in what you really need to add to your creative toolbox. XO, Danielle+Team
- Artist-grade watercolors (pan or tube)
- Watercolor-only brushes
- Artist-grade paper (140 lb., cold press)
- Mechanical Pencil (.3 mm lead) and white vinyl eraser
- White ink marker
- Mixing palette (white porcelain dish works as well)
- Clear Jar/clean water
- Paper towels
- Table Salt
I love my big wheel o’ color! This is my go-to palette for the majority of my work. After a careful review of my big wheel of color, I decided to downsize from a round, 122-well palette to a 77-well palette. It was time to remove the colors that no longer work in my color-filled world. The following was my criteria for removal:
- Doesn’t work in pan format*
*Some tube colors don’t reactivate well as pans. I don’t use them straight out of the tube, they may be beautiful, but they must work as a pan.
In addition to the downsizing, I decided to organize the colors by creating color wheel rather than going in the order of the Daniel Smith color chart. I placed neutrals in the center and worked my way out, grouping like colors together like a slice of pie to create a better workflow.
Palette and Paints (Colors listed in PDF)
- 77-Well Round Palette/Liners/Lazy Susan/Lid Set (as well as my previous 122-Well Round Palette) can be purchased from Robax.com
- Daniel Smith Tube Watercolors are the mainstay of my work. I purchase my paint on Amazon or DickBlick
CLICK HERE to open DANIELLE’S 2022 PAINT PALETTE PDF. Once opened, you can save and/or print the PDF. If a simple click does not work, RIGHT-CLICK and choose SAVE AS and/or PRINT.
Every online artist/instructor has a different space and needs in terms of equipment needed to produce quality video content. I am not even close to a pro at it and am always learning and looking for new ways to make a better product. This list is just my version of what helps me get the job done!
- Lighting | I use four lights to evenly cover my filming area. this set and two of these.
- Camera and Mic | I love using my camera and this mic. It takes a minute to get the settings right (actually hours of research and lots of notes) but the combination work well.
- Equipment Stand | This is made specifically for overhead filming and is a new addition to my studio. So far so good!
- Software | To edit my videos, I use Adobe Premiere Elements right now and hope to transition to Premier Pro soon. A girl can only do so much, right?
One of the best parts of creating a big course is the opportunity to add new books to my creative library! Some help me look at my own illustrative process in a new way, others inspire me with their beauty, and a few help me tap into my imagination in sparkly, new ways. Once the course is complete, I review my curated collection and shelve some in my rainbow-order library system. Another stack gets tucked away in my collection of children’s books for my grandson, Teddy, when he visits. Another stack is offered to my neighborhood or to charity for someone else to love. Check back every once in a while, the list will get updated as the course progresses! (Books listed in random order)
- Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals, Sachiko Umoto
- How to Draw Animals for the Artistically Anxious, Faye Moorhouse
- How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals, Lulu Mayo
- Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals, by Carla Sonheim
- The Imaginaries, by Emily Winfield Martin
- Animal Anatomy, by Sophie Corrigan
- Photo Ark Wonders, by Joel Sartore
- The Photo Ark, by Joel Sartore
- Geninne’s Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink, by Geninne Zlatkis
- Nature’s Palette, Patrick Baty
- Drawing Lessons for Cute Animals, by Ai Akikusa
- Animal Friends of PicaPau, by Yan Schenkel
- An Anthology of Intriguing Animals, by Ben Hoare
- Big Book of Drawing Animals, by P. Rodriguez and T. Beaudenon
- Encyclopedia of Strangly Named Animals: Volume 1, by Frank Colting and Melissa Medina, illustrated by Vlad Stankovic
- Anima Animals, Mark Ryden
- Animalium, curated by katie Scott and Jenny Bloom
- Colorful Creatures, by Anita Ganari
AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE | These are supplies, books and tools I use and love. If you click a link and make a purchase, I’ll earn some money to buy even more amazing stuff to share with you. Please note that as much as I would like to, I can’t control fluctuations in price or availability.