Updated: Apr 26, 2021
This post is for all the artists out there who love to shop for their hobby. I know I do! If you don't have the following tools and goodies, go get them today!
A daylight lamp:
I wanted to start with something that every artist needs irrespective of the medium they're working with. I can't tell you how many nights I've worked on something only to wake up and see a totally different result in the morning. Good lighting matters! This is specially for all my friends who have day jobs, and make art at night. Don't compromise on seeing true colours, and make it easy on your eyes. I use the Phillips Cool Daylight portable lamp, which is pretty inexpensive.
This applies to all watercolour and acrylic artists. It is so important to keep surfaces and paints wet sometimes, and this little handy tool does the trick. I can't tell you how much easier it has made my life to have this around. Acrylics tend to dry out before you get a chance to blend them, and just spraying a light mist of water on each layer helps retard the drying.
Whenever you're drawing something whose proportions really matters, or something that has a deep perspective, it always helps to look at it in the mirror to see mistakes. Things often look "off" in mirrors mainly because the proportions are not right. It always helps to have a mirror in your studio.
Whether you're a boy or a girl, you should always have this in your studio. You don't want the inspiration and ideas fairy to fly away during the time you're sitting and waiting for a layer of paint to dry, right? It saves hours and makes corrections easy and quick.
I have ruined so many clothes painting with acrylics, it's not even funny. A little white dot on black shorts will make you angrier than you think. Either get a painting outfit, I use a long loose shirt, or always always use an apron. You'll thank me later :)
I hope you liked my must have list. What are some of the knick knacks around the studio that you can't live without? Let me know in the comments.