What art supplies do I use to create my artwork? I will give you a quick run through of the supplies that I use on a day to day basis.
My sketchbooks are where I go to express my feelings through doodling, jotting notes and ideas, and pasting in inspirational snibbits. I own a variety of sketchbooks that range in price from $10-$32. The difference is mainly the paper quality and type. I use different sketchbooks for different purposes. For example, I use a cheaper one for Class work sketches and concepts, my RENDR No Show Through Paper Sketchbook for illustration, and my bright yellow Moleskine sketchbook for any on the go sketches and mini masterpieces. I also have books of Mixed Media paper and Watercolor paper that have perforated pages for any watercolor or acrylic work I want to do on individual sheets.
Different pens are made to make different kinds of lines.I use :
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for a smooth black inked look. Takes practice to use but with the right control, this pen can become your best friend.
Aquash Watercolor Brush Pen for doing quick and easy watercolor work. Can also be filled with ink.
Uni Ball Signo Gel Pens in Silver, Gold, and White! These can be used to create fresh accents and popping linework.
Sakura Pigma Micron Pens in sizes .20mm .25mm .30mm .35mm .45mm .50mm to make fine, straight, lines.
Copic markers are probably the best thing that has ever happened to me as an Artist. Although they are a bit expensive, these vivid, highly blendable, layerable, and pigmented markers have helped me bring color and live to my illustrations. I started with a set of 36 Copic Sketch Markers, and have continued to add to my collection by buying individual markers from various art stores. I also own a set of brush tip markers from Michael’s that my mom bought me from Michaels.
I have a variety of different types of watercolor cakes, but these Reeve’s Liquid Water Colors do the job nicely. They are cheap and get the job done. In the future, I am going to look into buying a set metallic watercolors paints, and a set of Gouache paints to further my experimentation with water and paint. I use my Aquash Watercolor Brush Pen to paint with, and use a sealable watercolor case so that I don’t waste any of my paint. It is also airtight and leakproof so I can carry it on the go if I please.
I use a variety of different Acrylic paints when I choose to do a painting. I have a bunch of old Folk Art paints that I got from my mom, and a few tubes of paint I purchased from Blick Art Materials. All of my brushes are inexpensive- nothing fancy. I’m thinking I got most of them from Michaels. I like having lots of different colors because when you blend acrylics, the colors get dull. So the more variety, the better!
Wacom Bamboo Tablet
I use my Wacom Bamboo Tablet to create digital artwork and do precision editing. The Pen makes it 10x easier to do digital art rather than using a trackpad or mouse. I am currently saving up to get a larger Wacom tablet with more functionality.
Pencils, Erasers, an Elmers Gluestick, and an X-Acto Knife are a few other tools that I have in my pencil case. I don’t use any special pencils, usually just a mechanical one. I use Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers for erasing any mistakes I may have made. My pencil case and my marker case are both from Blick Art Materials.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of the art supplies and materials I use in order to create my artwork! I will make sure to post any new and exciting materials I get.
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Wow! You’re so talented!