Materials I Use

This page is continually being updated, because my “repertoire” of art supplies is constantly shifting and changing. The latest update was on 7-10-18.

Materials I Use:

Paper:

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Watercolor: Canson XL Watercolor Paper. This is the only watercolor paper I’ve ever used, so I really couldn’t say whether a different brand might work better for me. I’d love to try Arches, but it’s super expensive – though I’ve seen it at a cheaper price on Amazon lately, so I might get to try it for my next project.

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Marker/ink: Canson XL Bristol Board.

Comics: Recollections Cardstock, though I’d like to switch to Bristol.

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Sketchbook: Canson XL Mix Media, 9×12”. This is the sketchbook I use nowadays and I don’t see myself changing from it. Most people’s complaint about this one is that its texture is so rough, but I like that about it, actually.

Sketching:

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Graphite: 2H Derwent pencils, mechanical pencils with HB/#2 0.7mm lead, #2 cheap pencils for when I’m being more casual and free form.

Inking:

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Techpen: Sakura Pigma Microns. I’ve used these for 15 years and they haven’t failed me yet!

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Dip Pen: Nikko G-pen nibs, Tachikawa nib holder. Basic stuff.

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Ink: Dr PH Martin’s Black Star Waterproof India Ink. Beyond the mouthful of a name, it’s a great ink that isn’t too shiny, doesn’t bleed at all with watercolor, and is very nice and dark and opaque. Just a really good, reliable liquid ink.

Color Media:

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Markers: Various alcohol based markers, incl. Copic, Prismacolor, Soucolor, and some Spectrum Noir someone bought me for Christmas in 2017. I used to think I wanted to just be a marker artist, but it’s awfully expensive to maintain (since generally you have to keep buying them over and over). So I migrated to other media (colored pencil and watercolor mostly).

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Colored Pencils: Crayola and Prismacolor. I still adore colored pencils, but the world seems to think that colored pencil can’t be “fine art,” so Im kinda torn. But I have 2 sets of the 100 set of Crayolas, and a 150 set of Prismas.

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Watercolor: Mijello Mission Gold Watercolor Tubes (34 set); M Graham (one color, Paynes Gray); W&N Cotman (11 colors, 12 halfpan box; might fill this with Mijello and M Graham ones); Artist’s Loft white gouache. Watercolor is the material I’m meant to use, I’m pretty sure. It’s by far my favorite right now.

Watercolor Supplies

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Marrywindix round brushes, #0-#16 (from Amazon), and Artist’s Loft round and flat brushes, various, from a value pack from Michael’s.

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Winsor & Newton masking fluid.

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Mijello Fusion Palette as my main studio palette.

Digital Media:

I RARELY work purely digitally, but I do often use a tablet to touch things up. This is a very basic WACOM Bamboo One that I got off of Amazon. It came with instructions solely in Chinese, which was fascinating, and might have presented an issue except that this is a very simple tablet and is essentially plug-and-play.

Other Essential Tools:

Copier/Scanner/Printer: Canon imageCLASS MF632Cdw. I use this to scan my images and also to print elements to trace onto final paper.

Laptop: 2014 MacBook Pro. Mostly used to edit videos.

Cell phone – LG G6. I use it to photograph my art and post on Instagram and Amino. Also to film my speedpaint videos.

Tracing Pad: Tracer A4 size light pad. Fantastic so that I can transfer images onto new paper.

Storage: Yoobi pencil case, ITOYA Profolio portfolio binders, and SwissGear backpack.

Tracking/Time Management: Traveler’s Notebook system has made this possible for me. I probably could not manage to do my art the way I do if it weren’t for this system.