Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?

Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?

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Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:18 AM »
This is something people ask frequently in the help section so I figured an all around go to topic would be helpful for all! You don't have to list everything you use, one or two things is totally fine, you can always come back to the topic if you want to add more goodies you've bought and liked. Think of these as mini reviews, tell us why you love these and what cons they might have. If you like, post an example of something you did with it (even though that's not necessary, you don't have to)

Try to put it in the following format:

Type of item(pen, tablet, pencil, paper, software, etc.)
Name of item
What it is, you can put where it can be bought, any info you wanna share.
Pros:
Cons:
Example of work done with it:(again this one is optional if you wanna be lazy)

I'll try and put everything in a master list! And feel free to post things other people have already posted, it's very helpful to hear multiple opinions on one item!
« Last Edit: Jul 09, 2011, 09:46 AM by angieness »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #2 on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:21 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:21 AM »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #4 on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:31 AM »
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop is a drawing program that can be used for both drawing and digital painting.
Where you can buy it: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html (provided this is CS5, you can get student discounts on the program as well if you're a student, I believe you can purchase it through most art schools)
Pros:It's an amazing tool that is very user friendly. As long as you know what you're doing, you can do just about anything in the program, including animation. It's quite a bit more powerful than freebies you get like Gimp or Adobe Elements.
Cons:If you've used earlier versions of Photoshop like 5 or 7, CS can be intimidating at first. If you don't have a widescreen monitor the way the program lays layers and tools out can be annoying at first. It is also quite the memory hog so beware if you have less than 2GB of RAM.
Example of work done with it:
« Last Edit: Jul 09, 2011, 09:49 AM by angieness »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #5 on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:37 AM »
What Hats uses:

Normally, I work 100% digital, so I only tend to work using 2 things:

Type of Item: Tablet
Name of Item: Wacom intuos 3

It was bought online (website unknown) as a Christmas present a few years back.

Pros: I’ve been through 2 other tablets but this is my first wacom, having said that I have used bamboo wacoms at college, but my intuos 3 performs much smoother with (what I think) better quality lines, these are also great if you like working on a bigger workspace.

Cons: As far as I’m aware they’re pretty damn expensive compared to smaller versions of tablets under the wacom brand (such as the bamboo) and due to their large size they’re not always that portable either.

Something I’ve drawn using the wacom:
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Type of item: Photoshop
Version of photoshop: CS3

Let’s not discuss how I got hold of this program (ahem)

Pros: Dude, IT’S PHOTOSHOP. You can modify photos, draw pictures. It’s photoshop, not much more to be said – I rely on photoshop a lot,  at first it looks complicated but it’s pretty easy to navigate around once you’ve got your bearings.

Cons: Unless you get crack codes, photoshop is really expensive to buy legally, but there are discounts for students.. Also, CS3 is a pretty dated version and though for what I want to do it’s perfectly fine, photoshop’s abilities has moved on.

Something I’ve drawn using Photoshop CS3:

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #6 on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:39 AM »
Tablet
Wacom Inutos4
This is for the small sized Wacom tablet which has around a 6X4 area to draw on.
Where you can buy it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823100051&cm_re=wacom_intuos-_-23-100-051-_-Product
Pros:It's a very sleak design and has a number of customizable buttons on the right that allow you to set up shortcuts. There's also a nice little scroll wheel that resembles an old school ipod wheel that allows you to zoom in/out. I upgraded to this from an old 5 year old Graphire and there's quite a difference. It also allows you to choose between right handed and left handed mode, which as a lefty, I think is great.
Cons:Beware if you are on certain operating systems. I'm on Windows XP 32 bit and I had to initially battle it to get the drivers to work properly and allow pen pressure to work in Photoshop and Sai. If you aren't tech savvy, just go to Wacom's site, download the new drivers after you have installed the tablet, unplug the tablet, and then install the new drivers. There is also quite a bit of excess room on the side opposite of the buttons which can be a little awkward at first.
Example of work done with it:
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #7 on: Jul 09, 2011, 09:55 AM »
Pen
Pentel Brush Pen
It's a brush! In a pen!
Where you can buy it: http://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Pocket-Brush-Refills-GFKP3BPA/dp/B002LJRKN8
Pros:All the awesome fluid lines of a brush, without all the mess! It's very similar to a brush with the line quality and I love it. It is also refillable so you don't have to buy new pens constantly unless you mess up the brushes.
Cons:It can be picky on certain papers and doesn't have as much freedom in terms of how you hold it. I found that the line will sometimes abruptly stop or get "gritty" if I try to draw with the pen at a certain angle. It can also be hard to make quick smooth strokes because of this.
Example of work done with it:

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #8 on: Jul 09, 2011, 10:36 AM »
Pencil
Pentel Twist-Erase 0.5
It's a basic mechanical pencil, but with the added feature of a twist eraser. You can buy them online or from Staples (that's where I got mine.)
Pros: It has a firm rubberized grip that is neither too slippery or sticky, a thick tapered metal point, and a sturdy design that won't snap in your pocket. It also has a metal pocket clip on it so you can secure it you your paper/pocket/sketchbook loops. You get one eraser in each pencil (two pencils in a pack) and two extra erasers as well. You can also buy pack of just the erasers. It uses 0.5 graphite which is ALSO sold at staples and office supply store and can hold much more graphite that other mechanical pencils (I often don't refill the graphite for a whole month or more).
Cons:
The erasers are only an inch long, and wear out quickly if you're doing lots of editing on your penciling.
Example of work done with it:


Adobe Software
Photoshop CS5 Extended
Like all adobe software, you can buy it from their site (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopextended.html)
Pros:
I won't say much about the program itself, as the word PHOTOSHOP has become a Verb as well as a Noun ans all that cool cultural conatative slang. Photohop is what you need AT MINIMUM to produce great digital art.
The one big thing about CS5 (not just the Extended version) is it's support of digital painting software similar to SAI and Corel. You can use any brush you want (including new tablet specific brush software exclusive to CS5) to do wet media, dry media, or anything you want.
full features list here:http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/features._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_features%2Bby%2Bversion_sl_new%2Bsince%2Bcs4.html
Cons: If you're not familiar with Adobe products, the learning curve is HUGE. so many of the features and procedured needed to get good results are either hard to figure out or sometimes non-intuitive. You need to get in-depth lessons to really excel in this program. For that, I recomend http://www.lynda.com/
Example of work done with it:
« Last Edit: Jul 10, 2011, 10:24 AM by The_BenT_One »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #9 on: Jul 09, 2011, 10:48 AM »
Pencil
Name of item: Shitty cheap mechanical pencil and a blue col-erase

Pros: I can draw with the blue underneath and just go over it nicely with my mechanical pencil and then never have to ink ever because PHOTOSHOP POWER. Also its relatively inexpensive for me to use this stuff so thats always good. I mean these mechanical pencils and lead are like what...a dollar. Col-erase will run you more lol, but I've had these ones for a bit so its not that bad.
Cons: I can't just erase stuff on the fly like I can digital and have it still be super amazingly clean.
Example of work done with it:
Here have a random sketch from last night.

This too is also pencil

Tablet
Wacom Intuos 3
Super awesome tablet that I use for everything almost.
Pros: The pressure sensitivity and stuff is totally awesome :D. Its been with me for a few years now and still truckin' and its my lifeline for getting things done. It saves me from having to use a crapload of paper too.
Cons: none really that I can think of. I think my driver is a bit screwy because it acts up in Photoshop sometimes but that's about it.
Example of work done with it:
Just take a look at like 99% of whatever I post, chances are its been done with this.

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #10 on: Jul 09, 2011, 06:17 PM »
And btw if there's any categories I missed let me know, I think I got the basic comic making ones. I know there's some lettering software for making custom fonts so I'll add more categories as needed.
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #11 on: Jul 09, 2011, 10:30 PM »
Markers
Copic Markers
Sexy ass markers.

Sketch:

Has a lovely brush tip.

Wide:

Makes ridiculously interesting lines.

Pros: Sexy. REFILLABLE. GREAT QUALITY. Prismacolor is ghetto compared to these.
Cons: EXPENSIVE (get a job)
EXAMPLE:




Blick Studio markers


Why pay for ghetto-ass prismacolors when these offer the same ghetto quality and are so much cheaper??

Pros: When you need to fill in larger areas with a single color, use your cheap markers. Copics are expensive and you should save them for pretty, or intricate parts. SO VERY CHEAP.

Cons: Kinda smelly (literally) and not good to use entirely on their own.


Pens


Pilot Parallel Pens


I awkwardly asked Jim Mahfood what kinds of pens he uses, and he told me about these.

Pros: GREAT LINE WIDTH VARIATION. Refillable. Comes in 4 different widths.
Cons: Can be messy, and they are expensive ... about $12-$15 a PIECE ... and there are 4 of them = ~$50+ for the set.

Examples : Google "Jim Mahfood"

Faber-Castell Pen set


Pros: Great quality, and a nice little variety. Cheap.
Cons: None, these are sexy.

Tablet
Intous4

Pros: What can I say, it's a fancy tablet. I previously had a bamboo and a graphire ... the graphire broke, and the bamboo was really basic.
Cons: Expensive, but a good investment. Either spend you money a nice tablet, or on a few tablets that aren't as good over a few years.

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #12 on: Jul 10, 2011, 03:55 AM »
Here's a hot tip for pentel brush pens: they're great but the ink in them is terrible. Forget it exists and dip them in some nice black ink like you would a normal brush. Anyways...

Pens
Tachikawa School Nib and Tachikawa G-Nib
These are both dip pens. The school nib is fairly stiff and gives a smooth, consistent line; I mostly use it for backgrounds. The G-Nib gives you more line variation but can be a little finicky at times. It's also the nib traditionally used by Japanese cartoonists.
Where you can buy it: http://www.jetpens.com/
Pros: A lot of people will tell you to ink with Hunt nibs, but I much prefer these Japanese School Nibs and G-Nibs for several reasons. First, they're larger and therefore easier to keep clean. This also means they hold more ink. They last much longer than any other nibs I know of as well. Tachikawa is just my personal brand preference; there are lots of different options out there.
Cons: No cons to these specifically, but dip pens in general have a pretty steep learning curve. It's going to take a while to learn how to use them properly.
Examples of work done with it:
(This is mostly school nib, but there's a little G-Nib in there as well)
« Last Edit: Jul 10, 2011, 10:05 AM by garic »

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #13 on: Jul 10, 2011, 04:15 AM »
Software
Paint Tool SAI
Its a kickass program that gives you super amazing lines and is awesome to colour in.
Pros: ITS FUCKING AWESOME. The lineart always comes out so crisp and clean and I -believe- there is even an option to make a lineart layer that is all vector based but I haven't really used it.
Cons: No text options :<. Lacks a lot of the layer blending options PS has but thats k!
Example of work done with it:

Just the colouring was done in SAI. Example of lines would pretty much be anything on Death King and any of my other comics since round 3 of the invitational.

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #14 on: Jul 10, 2011, 09:04 AM »
Definitely agree with Orange and have to throw in my support for

Software
Paint Tool SAI
Where you can buy it: http://sai.detstwo.com/sai/ there is a 30 day demo for it up
Pros:Amazing line quality, it definitely beats Photoshop there. If you have ever drawn in Flash it's like taking the amazing lines Flash makes and putting it in Photoshop so you don't have to deal with Flash. It's also extremely light weight, only 2MB and it takes up very little RAM so it's a good alternative to PS especially if your computer has only 1 GB of RAM. (or heaven forbid less, in that case I think you need a new computer if you're looking to do digital art) If you're familiar with Photoshop, many of the shortcuts and features are identical so you don't have to relearn anything.
Cons:It's not a program I seriously want to color with. It's an amazing tool for drawing, but I still lean towards Photoshop for my color needs. Provided my opinion may change down the line as I'm very new to the program. (the drawing below was colored in PS but drawn in Sai)
Example of work done with it:
« Last Edit: Jul 10, 2011, 09:06 AM by angieness »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #15 on: Jul 10, 2011, 09:57 AM »
Tablet: Wacom Bamboo
Pros: super cheap, pretty decent sensitivity, durable (I've been abusing mine for more than 3 years)
cons: super small
If you dont mind learning to restrict your movement, it gets the job done
examples: everything I've ever done here

Software: GIMP http://www.gimp.org/
drawing and image editing program
Pros: easy to use, does a good variety of stuff, IS FREE
Cons: isnt exactly complete in windows (batch processing and layer modes, noticably, are lacking)(EDIT: Layer mode is there, I was just too fucking stupid to see it in all the years I've been using it)
examples:

software: Inkscape http://inkscape.org/
Vector drawing program
pros: super duper lines, IS FREE
cons: latest versions not compatible with a number of tablets, unintuitive interface, kinda sucks at coloring
example:


Yay for opensource!
« Last Edit: Jul 14, 2011, 08:25 PM by LeFred »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #16 on: Jul 10, 2011, 10:25 AM »
Adobe Software
Illustrator CS5
Illustrator handles everything vector. It can be used to create action lines, panel borders, and is the effective god-program for type design and digital lettering/typography.
Pros:
Illustrator allows you to edit by clicking on any element, whereas Photoshop makes each text object a new layer, making placement and editing frustrating to say the least. Super crazy sound effect styles are easily done due to tons of text specific effects and shape interaction tools. The best part is you can bring in a fully photoshoped comic page and export it for web right from Illustrator. Illustrator can also "Live Trace" any image, including lineart to give it a cleaner feel, as well as make it editable as a vector shape. Did I mention you can also do cell shading in Illustrator? Full list of features at http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/features.html
Cons:
The learning curve in Illustrator is even bigger than Photoshop, and tutorials are necessary to really use the program to it's full potential.
Example of work done with the program:

(Live Traced the shit out of everything in this image)
« Last Edit: Jul 10, 2011, 10:32 AM by The_BenT_One »
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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #17 on: Jul 10, 2011, 01:43 PM »
Paper
Strathmore 9x12 Bristol Board Smooth
You can find this kind of paper at any craft and art shop.

Pros: The smooth board is heavier than it's vellum counterpart, which makes it more medium versatile. Inks, mechanical pencils, and markers suit it best. The 9x12 size also makes scanning pages nearly hassle-free. ( unless you have super tiny scanning equipment of course )

Cons: Be wary of using heavier and watery mediums when working with smooth Bristol. Ink washes, acrylics, and water colors will make the board arch and bubble up lightly.

Examples: My last four VOID comics we're done on this type of board. Not much of an example can be shown since I use Photoshop to tweak the pages.

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #18 on: Jul 10, 2011, 03:16 PM »
Because no one's posted one yet:


SCANNER
Canon LiDE110

Where you can get it: You can get it at virtually any online computer store. Not many actual retail locations (that I've seen) stock any scanners besides the all-in-one types. I got mine from Amazon for $54 (free shipping).

PROS: It's a faster, better, up-to-date version of the LiDE30 that I'm sure nearly everyone's used. Canon stopped supporting the drivers on that so it's defunct for Windows 7, but this one works on new OSs.
It's cheap. $50-60.
It's only a smidgeon thicker than the LiDE30 and is very light, so it's easy to move and store. And it's not an all-in-one so it's not the size of a small buick.
It scans very fast. I made grayscale scans at 600dpi in about 15 seconds.
Its prepackaged software is almost identical to the one that came with the LiDE30, and is easy to use and customize (you can assign preset scanning options to any of the buttons).

CONS: It's not an all-in-one, in case you also wanted a cheap printer.
It's letter size, so you'll have to stitch pages larger than 8.5x11 together.
The software it comes with starts out as a scanning program for people who know nothing about scanning, so you have to disable that so it starts up with the actual interface.

Example of work done with it:
(A random panel from my Death Royale comic; it was scanned at 300dpi in b/w, unedited, and just shrunk down)


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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #19 on: Jul 10, 2011, 07:39 PM »
my tools of anarchy-

PENCILS
i use this 99% of the time - the only time i use a normal pencil is when a client wants cleaner pencils before they approve the work -
ticonderoga erasable blue pencil(these actually DO erase)



INKS
very nice thin brush pen - i go through one of these every 3 to 5 pages-
Zebra Disposable Brush Pen - Super Fine


for even more control and finer lines, or if i don't want to carry around a thin brush and a thick one, i roll with this most of the time - the thin side is NICE.
Uni-ball Double Sided Pocket Brush Pen


when i'm feeling really artsy and want to go brush heavy on my illustration- much like how revolver draws, i pull out my excalibur - refillable cartridges and a nylon tip, so it lasts FOREVER-
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy


for you crazy people who love to draw shit tons of detail like mr monday - i recommend this pilot beaut- .3mm pen - it chokes up on the wrong paper- so it can be a pain in the ass at times.
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.3 mm - Basic Colors - Black



COLOUR
i like to dab in some watercolors from time to time - this is nice thing to have when yer on the go, specially at cons - it has a water reservoir so you dont have to keep dipping your brush into water- (they even have a WIDE brush now!)
[color="blue]Kuretake Waterbrush Pen - Small[/color]





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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #20 on: Apr 14, 2013, 06:37 AM »
One of my favorite blogs The Tools Artists Use ( http://thetoolsartistsuse.com/ ) started updating regularly again, and it's an awesome way to get insight on the process and new ideas for ways to work.  They're interviews with professional artists focusing on how they work and what they think about their tools.

Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #21 on: Apr 14, 2013, 06:42 AM »
Blood

Pros: You live
Cons: You die


Toil
Pros: You finish something
Cons: You get tired.

Sweat
Pros: You lose fat
Cons: You stink

Sleepless Nights
Pros: You get the most mileage out of your work
Cons: THE OVEN TOASTER IS CONSPIRING AGAINST ME!

I use anything I can get my hand on. Diversity is the game.


Insomnia.
See sleepless Nights

On a note of seriousness, I am a die hard pen and ink man. Just give pens, quills, papers, parchments, ink and an inkwell and I'd be happy scribbling my life away.

Quills

Pros: You can fashion your own nib which is very handy if you know how to.
Cons: Too old school that young people don't even bother

Nibs: I use a variety of nibs
Pros: Great lines.
Cons: Takes some mastery

Brushes: Varies. As I use different brushes for a particular style
Pros: Great for inks and colours. Also if you know how to handle your brushes you can do great things even with linework.
Cons: WHAT NO CTRL+Z?!? TRADITIONAL SUCKS!

BUT seeing as I have no scanner, I use a digital medium using Manga Studio EX 4, since it behaves like pen on paper. Besides that I have nothing special I really use.

Pros: GREAT
Cons: Some think MS 5 is better.
Addendum: I'll wait for MS 5 EX Before I make my judgement.

Also the best tools there is: IMAGINATION AND LOVE.

Pros: It's free. You make people happy.
Cons: Some people are assholes.

OLD PICTURE OF MY OLD TOOLS
« Last Edit: Apr 14, 2013, 07:02 AM by underwoodwriter »
I say old chap! Care for a spot of tea?

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #22 on: Apr 14, 2013, 08:42 AM »
 Aww man underwood is being all cool and using the thread for what it's meant, now I have to too :( I'm not gonna post everything I use, because otherwise I'd be here all day.


 Paints

Winsor and Newton Artists' Water Colour

Bought At: Most art supply stores will carry it, it's also worth it to check online supply retailers like dickblick, because they can do some ridiculous deals sometimes.

Pros: The modern line of pigments/dyes is incredibly light fast. Stored smartly, stuff you paint with this will take like hundreds of years to start fading. The colours are also extremely potent, and lay down smooth and lovely.

Cons: Expensive, prices can range from like 7 to 15 dollars depending on the series of the colour. The tubes your getting for that price are really small too, and if you're not used to being conservative with paint you'll run through them easily. There's a student line called Cotman which is actually really great and way cheaper. I think they just have a worse lightfastness rating, but I might be wrong.

Notes: I've used and use other companies like Holbein and Grumbacher, and I would say the difference between artists grade water colour paint is very subtle, so don't stress too much about which brand your buying. Also, check the ingredients list on each tube before you buy it. Knowing what your paint is made of helps you predict how it's going to act on the page and with other paints.


Golden Fluid Acrylics

Bought at: http://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-fluid-acrylics/

Pros: Golden paints are ridiculously saturated paints, and these are no exception. Fluid acrylics are way way thinner than even a soft body, so you can get thin layers of paint without using water or medium and keep your paint strong. You can also use it as a sort of watercolour if you thin it further from it's starting point.

Cons: Nothing really? It takes a really long time to get through even the tinies bottles of it so the price isn't so bad. It dries incredibly fast, so if you're going to do any sort of blending or scumbling you need to work quickly.


Golden Open Acrylics

Bought at: http://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-open-acrylics/

Pros: This a slower drying acrylic, which makes it easier to mix the paint on your page. You can just use a retarder with normal acrylics, but you'll lose a little bit of paint's strength from diluting it.

Cons: Heavy, can only really be used on strong paper.


Ink

Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink

Bought at: http://www.dickblick.com/products/dr-ph-martins-bombay-india-inks/

Pros: I mostly use these for the coloured inks, so I can't comment on their black. Really really pretty. It's brights and colorful when light, water-proof, smudge-proof and eraser-proof. I use the brown one a lot.

Cons: I'm not sure if this is just me, but it flows like butt on a normal nib. You'll have to clear the nib pretty often while you're working, which can get tedious as hell.


Brush

Winsor and Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable

Bought at: http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-series-7-kolinsky-sable-pointed-round/

Pro: Basically the best sable brush ever. Holds an absolutely mind boggling amount of paint/water while retaining it's shape, lasts forever, and makes amazing marks. It gets sent to you in a wooden box with a little card telling the name of the person who made it. Ridiculous.

Cons: Stupidly expensive. I was given one as a gift, which is the only reason I have one. As of this writing dickblick is having a 50% off sale on them, but without that these things eat your wallet alive. They're meant to last a long time, so you need to learn good brush care if you're going to take the plunge.

Notes: These are the standard Winsor and Newton brushes http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-artists-watercolor-brushes/   and they similarly lovely marks while being a fraction of the price. I would say all you lose out on is paint/water/ink holding capacity, and life expectancy of the brush.


Cheap Synthetic Sable

Bought At: You can find them anywhere, and it doesn't really matter who is making them. I usually just get Winsor and Newton.

Pros: Incredibly cheap, and they make nice strokes when they're new. Really great for learning.

Cons: They lost their shape pretty quickly. Most synthetic sable behaves very similarly to the real thing, but they don't last.


PEN

Ackerman Pump Pen

Bought at:  http://ackermanpens.com/

Pro: I actually heard about this thing through Void, though I can't find the thread now. It was something like "Odd Art Accessories" or something. This is basically the best thing ever. It's like a fountain pen that you can put your regular nibs into, and it's made of a plastic that doesn't really let things stick to it, so you can put stuff like india ink and paint into it without destroying it. Even if you somehow manage to destroy it, you can just send it back to the dude who made it, and he'll clean it up for you.

Cons: It's hand made by one guy in california, and I think I was told he also has a day job, so it might take a little while to get yours after your order it.  Also, you need to buy a plug for different families of Nibs to be able to use them, but they're not that expensive.


Pencil


Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencils

Bought at: http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-col-erase-pencils/

Pro: Erases really well. Also, doesn't leave oil or anything on the page after being removed, and so doesn't mess up my watercolours.

Cons: Has to be hand sharpened, and it's a pretty soft pencil so it loses it's point quickly. I've also found it can be kind of a coin toss whether or not your local art supply store will have it, which is annoying if you don't the time to order it over the internet.

Sketchbook Pro

Bought at: http://www.autodesk.com/products/sketchbook-pro/overview

Pros: Great UI. It's all based around using a tablet, so getting anything done usually just takes a few small flicks. I use it to do my roughs and pencils, and it's super relaxing. Sketchbook stay's out of your way as much as possible and just lets you draw. It's also pretty cheap.

Cons: Pretty bad at anything that's not sketching. It has the tools to colour, but I wouldn't use it for anything serious, and while it's line making is pretty, it's nothing compared to stuff like MS5 or Sai. It's also extremely feature light.


Manga Studio 5

Bought at: http://manga.smithmicro.com/mangastudio5/

Pros: I'm still learning this program, so I can only talk about small parts of it. But I'm totally in love with those parts. Made to make comics, it has lots of really useful features for doing just that. The lines it makes are supa tasty, and I don't think I could gush enough about how crazy good the paint bucket tool is. It makes doing flats a completely painless, lightning fast ordeal.

It can be set to check other layers to see where it should fill, by default fills into the line, and can be set to automatically ignore gaps. If you hold your click down, it'll continually fill sections you drag over, but only if they're the same colour as the first spot you clicked.

Cons: Again, I'm not that well versed in the program yet, so it's hard for to say. One thing that sucks is that it's pretty slim pickings for brushes right now.

Scanner


 Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Pro

Bought at: http://www.amazon.com/Mustek-Express-A3-USB-Scanner/dp/B000WKSZ5A

Pros: It's an a3 oversize scanner, which is way useful if you draw on anything larger than standard paper size. Finding scanners of this size at a reasonable price is really annoying.

Cons: The software it comes packaged with is a joke. It's like if fisher price made scanning software. It's awful, and it locks you out of messing with dpi directly, pre-cropping the image, any of that stuff really. Just use the universal scanner menu because ugh.

Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #23 on: Apr 14, 2013, 09:31 AM »
Slowly expounding what I said in the previous thread:




ALSO SOME OLD EXAMPLES OF INK AND BRUSHES WORKS (also reads from right to left since I am too Japanese for my own good sometimes):





« Last Edit: Apr 15, 2013, 04:28 AM by underwoodwriter »
I say old chap! Care for a spot of tea?

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Re: Art Tools:What do you use and WHY?
« Reply #24 on: Apr 14, 2013, 11:14 AM »
ah, grinding the ink brings back so many memories.

where do you get your inkstones? my mother bought them at chinese markets; do you actually make them yourself?

 

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