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What's Sketch flash mob?

My name is Natalie Ratkovski. I'm an artist, illustrator, designer and non-fiction writer. In 2011 I started a drawing from life project "Sketch flash mob" for artists, designer, illustrators and for all those who likes drawing or painting from life with watercolor, acryl, oil, ink, pastel, marker, color pencils and more. One week – one theme, a lot of sketches, drawings or paintings from life only (no photographs, no computer graphics).

For many creative people in the world it’s really important to create something true and tangible in the century of computers. I created Sketch flash mob as a challenge to improve my drawing skills and to do something true. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with hundreds of artists taking part in the challenge every month.

Anyone can join in Sketch flash mob, just pick up a pencil and start drawing. For any questions or collaboration please contact me via email.

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1. Sketch flash mob rules
2. The official themes list
3. My tools and materials
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spaceAchtung Sketch flash mob rules

1) Look to the topic of the week on my Instagram.

2) Make a drawing or painting from life.
Note: don't use photographs as a reference or computer programs to create your works.

3) Post your work online (Facebook, Blogger, Instagram or something else).

4) Hashtag it with #sketchflashmob and #sketchflashmob2017.

Note: you can do it daily or once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. Sketch flash mob is about growing and improving and forming positive habits by drawing from life, the more the better.

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spaceAchtung The official themes list

The Sketch flash mob in 2017 starts in February 2017. The themes for Sketch flash mob will be publish once a week on my Instagram @natalie_ratkovski and can find under the hashtag #sketchflashmob and #sketchflashmob2017

Here I publish a themes list once a month.

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spaceAchtung My tools and materials

I get fedefeasked very often about the tools that I use to make my art. So I made this page to make it easy to share with others.

1. Pens

I use some waterproof ink liner for creating fine lines in my drawings. Top down: Staedtler Pigment Liner, Derwent Graphik line maker sepia, Derwent Graphik line maker graphit, Faber-Castell PITT artist pens, Uni-ball Signo White Ink pen.

Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.pens Natalie Ratkovski
2. Pencils

I use some mechanical pencils Faber Castell, 0.5 mm, blue and red with graphite 0.5 HB and color lead - TK-COLOR-lead 0.5 mm, blue, TK-COLOR-lead 0.5 mm, red. Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.Mechanical Pencil

I like erasable colored pencils for the under-drawings much more than graphite pencils. The erasable colored pencils don't make noise on the paper: Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils , Staedtler Norris Club erasable, Faber Castell 116612 erasable. Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.
Erasable Color Pencils

I use these colored pencils for my drawings: Faber Castell Polychromos, KOH-I-NOOR Polycolor. Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.
Colored Pencils

Pastel colored pencils Faber Castell Pitt Pastel, Caran D'Ache Pastel Pencils. Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.
Pastel Colored Pencils

3. Watercolors
I like watercolor more than anything and I use different colors from manufacturer. Top down: Winsor & Newton watercolor, Sennelier Artists' Watercolors, Schmincke Artists' Watercolors, Van Gogh Artists' Watercolors.
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Watercolors

5. Brushes
To draw with watercolor is the standard practice to use natural red marten-, squirrel, wolf's hair or goat hair brashes. I do it too, but I use even some synthetical brushes for my sketches and watercolors: Boesner Series 10/300 | retouch, round (Nr.4 and Nr.8), Gerstaecker Aqualon (Nr.2 and Nr.4), Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Brushes 3 rigger 333 , Da Vinci tinkerer / Series 5519 | Nr.8, Derwent 2301975 Waterbrush Set

Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.
Brushes
6. Eraser
Tombow Mono Zero eraser, Factis BM2 eraser pen, Faber Castell Art eraser, Faber Castell Sleeve eraser/182402. Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.
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7. Other helpful things

Caran D'ache Pencil-sharpening Machine (455.200), KUM The Masterpiece (Automatic long point)

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For gessoed backgrounds AMI Paint foam roller Set, Liquitex 7608 Professional Gesso, Lefranc & Bourgeois Gesso Universal Primer
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For the brush bath Ars nova brush cup, Princeton Artist brush bucket and watercolors REEVES 8490528 Folding Plastic Palette, Large
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For UV protection and color protection Schmincke universal fixative, LASCAUX UV Protect 2, Sennelier Satin Varnish with UV protection
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8. Sketchbooks and paper

Top down: Sketch- and watercolor book ROSSO, 230 g/m2, KUNST & PAPIER watercolor books (17 cm x 24 cm, 160g/m2), Clairfontaine Paint On Multi Techniques, naturel, ARCHES® Grain Fin

Please click alternative on the link below the pictures to follow the product description at the shop.
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Enjoy!

 
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Staedtler Pigment Liner Derwent Graphik line maker sepia Derwent Graphik line maker graphit Faber-Castell PITT artist pens Uni-ball Signo White Ink pen Faber-Castell, 0.5 mm, blue and red Faber Castell mechanical pen graphite 0.5 HB TK-COLOR-lead 0.5 mm, blue TK-COLOR-lead 0.5 mm, red Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils Staedtler Norris Club erasable Faber Castell 116612 erasable Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils KOH-I-NOOR Polycolor colored pencils Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils Caran D'Ache Pastel Pencils Winsor & Newton watercolor Sennelier Artists' Watercolors Schmincke Artists' Watercolors Van Gogh Artists' Watercolors Boesner Series 10/300 | retouch, round (Nr.4 and Nr.8) Gerstaecker Aqualon (Nr.2 and Nr.4) Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Brushes 3 rigger 333 Da Vinci tinkerer / Series 5519 | Nr.8 Derwent 2301975 Waterbrush Set Tombow Mono Zero eraser Factis BM2 eraser pen Faber Castell Art eraser Faber Castell Sleeve eraser/182402 Caran D'ache Pencil-sharpening Machine (455.200) KUM The Masterpiece: Automatic long point sharpener AMI Paint foam roller Set Liquitex 7608 Professional Gesso Lefranc & Bourgeois Gesso Universal Primer Ars nova brush cup Princeton Artist brush bucket REEVES 8490528 Folding Plastic Palette, Large Schmincke universal fixative LASCAUX UV Protect 2 Sennelier Satin Varnish with UV protection Sketch- and watercolor book ROSSO KUNST & PAPIER watercolor books Clairfontaine Paint On Multi Techniques ARCHES® Grain Fin />