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Tools & Tips

Tools of the trade.


Tools of the trade.

I've used a ton of different tools over the years (and love buying them) but these are the ones I find myself coming back to time and time again. 

When making comics or sketching out a logo, there are no absolute right or wrong tools to use. You can make a gorgeous piece of art with a #2 pencil (I like Dixon) and a ball point pen or an expensive set of brushes and watercolors. It really boils down to personal preference and the look you are after. 

Imitating the artists you love is a great way to help you find out what kind of tools you need! Once I found out that all of my favorite artists used a brush to ink their line work, I started my quest for the perfect set of inking tools. 

Kuretake makes a wide range of brush pens that will give your lines the look of being inked with a brush. Not only is it more convenient to carry around a pen than a set of brushes, its a lot less messy too! I use the Kuretake Fudegokochi fine tipped brush pen and the Kuretake Bimoji extra fine tipped brush pen for all of my comics. 

Inking with the Pentel Pigment Medium Ink Brush Pen is a delight! It's an actual brush with a refillable reservoir making it a very versatile tool to have when doing thicker lines and big fills of black.

I use microns of all sizes but find that the .08 is the one I use the most, especially for drawing straight lines and panel borders. 

As mentioned earlier, I use Dixon No.2 HB pencils (mainly because they're dirt cheap and I like the font they use on body) for sketching a rough layouts. For character sketching I use a Pacific Arc drafting pencil with non photo blue lead and a Pentel Graphgear 0.9 mechanical pencil for tighter lines.

Most of these tools can be found on or at your local art Hobby Lobby.

Sean Miller