I can't resist packaging stuff up into kits. There's just something rewarding about the exercise of considering and optimizing the tools you'll need for a job (though, it can be taken too far, when all you do is prepare lists of stuff, and never actually *do anything*). Especially, because I have a fondness for clever hacks that usually do more with less.
So here it is, a minimalist sketching kit:
- Stack of index cards held together by a binder clip
- Old school travel toothbrush holder
- Pencils: 5b, 2b, 2h, 5h
- Pencil Sharpener
- Chunk of pink eraser
The various pencil hardnesses are really an experiment. 5b and 5h are pretty extreme options, which is why I chose them. The different hardnesses let me practice the notion of iteration and modularity in drawing -- something I do all the time in programming, yet struggle with in sketching.
For more inspiration, check out Flickr Sketchkits - a group with about 2,500 pictures of various sketch kits. After browsing through a hefty number of entries, all I've got to say is this: people are amazingly talented.