The most often asked questions I see are about what tools an artist is using, and I'm not talking about Adobe software. While some try to downplay their markers or brushes, but as with anything, it really is important to use the right tool for the job. With time and play, you'll come to have your favorite uses for certain things and will have your go-to brush or markers, but knowing where to start or what tools to use sometimes seems to be a secret society among artists and designers.
Today, I'm going to share with you the tools I use... the ACTUAL tools I use. These pics are of my personal brushes, pens, ink, and paper and I can vouch for them or I wouldn't use them or bother to write about them. The following links are the items in my toolbox that I use on a daily basis.
In order from top down and linked to buy on Amazon via my affiliate links:
01. Sharpie Stained
The black pen (2. Pentel Pocket Brush) and black brush (4. Yu Ming by Connoisseur, Super White Cloud) are my go-to favorites, but I switch it up all the time. My favorite papers are HP Matte Brochure Laser Paper - 43lb, 160gsm (I think this paper has been discontinued and it may now be HP Matte Brochure Laser Paper - 40lb/150gsm, not sure) and Canson Pro Marker Layout (or their XL version, which is a little less expensive and easier to find).
The Sharpie Stained is a new addition to my toolbox, and I've used it a TON over the past two weeks. I think it has the best nib next to the Pentel Pocket Brush. The Sakura Brush is equally as good as the Sharpie Stained, but for finer work. I'm not a fan of the Pentel Color brush... too much squeezing of the barrel to get a decent ink flow. For all of that trouble you're better off using the real thing.
Here's a full shot of my most used tools with links to Amazon for everything else that wasn't listed above.
When I'm going to hunker down for a few hours, I don't mess around and get right to it with brushes, sumo ink, clean water, and plenty of paper towel for all of the messes about to ensue. My thicker/bolder work is done with the Yasutomo Traditional Chinese (Sumi) Ink - Ultra Black mentioned above and I rotate through all of the Connoisseur and Bill Buchman brushes, thought the Super White Cloud is my favorite.
Over the next parts of this series, I'll go into more detail on each of the brushes, brush pens, and paper.
Now, go make a mess!