Tools of the Trade

Over the years I’ve used all different king of tools. There was a period of time back in high school when I thought “I’m only as good as the tools I use”…and oh how wrong I was…

As you may know, traditionally Japanese manga artists use fountain pens(most commonly the ‘g-pen’) , and so I thought “hey that’s what I`ve gotta use” .. I came to the same conclusion regarding ink bottles, copics, etc.. And miraculously my art wasn’t any better. I became frustrated and disheartened that I wasn’t producing art on par with the artists I looked up to. However, over time I realized that what some pros use may not be what works best for you, and using what’s best for you doesn’t decrease your chances of being a pro. No tool other than your brain can do that.

Now I’ve become an artist of few tools and I must say, my creative flow is a lot less congested, and I’m a lot more at ease. Here is my arsenal of essential tools:

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A uniball vision pen. Fine tip. This is the first everyday pen I started using and so it fills a very special place in my heart. The flow of ink is great, so the lines stay constant. The ink is a nice deep black. It’s also awesome because since the pen is waterproof, you can use it with water colors if you feel the urge.

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The Precise rolling ball pen. This is actually my personal favorite – it’s finer than the uniball, so it’s great for working on really small details (which i love doing). It’s not water resistant like the uniball though, so as far as working with water goes, it’s good if you want to make a grey watery shading effect. The lines stay intact, even after being worked over with water.

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Faber Castell calligraphy pen and Pentel brush pen. They both can make moderately thick lines. If I want more constant lines I go with the Faber. For a more traditional raw brush look, I go with the brush pen. The brush pen is a lot more sensitive to pressure. It effects the flow and the durability of the brush, so sometimes the lines aren’t very constant… but when they are.. 😉

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A non-photo pencil. It’s great for when I’m doing initial sketches for a piece – I can make my sketches as messy as I want and I don’t have to worry about erasing, confusing myself with lines, or the sketches showing up in my scans.

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An Apple Pencil. Honestly I was anti apple / mac person  for quite some time (except for the iPhone) , but once I received an iPad as a gift my world changed. I no longer tango with PC. So the Apple Pencil was essential for me as far as going digital. Despite its hefty price tag ($99 usually), it’s the best stylus I’ve used for digital. The feeling of drawing on glass is still kind of uncomfortable for me, and I still haven’t gotten the complete hang of it, but it is one of the most responsive and fluid tools I’ve used thus far. I used Wacom products with my pc before and honestly I don’t think I’ll ever go back.

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…Ramen Snack. When hunger strikes in the dead of night, sometimes this is all I have to save me from being distracted in the midst of drawing something. They’re delicious and they come in a variety of flavors. Probably THE most important item on this list..!! With ramen snacks … all of your artistic endevours…shall be accomplished without fail.

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