30 October 2007

Equipment

Equipment

Seeing how I'm a little busy to be drawing comics right now (which is a short and extreme situation that won't be continuing) I thought I'd post this little insight into some of my basic materials for making comics of late...

1-First of all we have this nifty tin which you may remember I picked up for only $2, from a big name store.

2-One of my A5 sketchbooks. I try to put a different sticker on each one to tell them all appart. I now have 10 of these in stock as they are hard to find (the one's I like that is)

3-Staedtler 'H' pencil. I try not to pencil much of my comics these days and if I do only very basic shapes for composition purposes. This is so the inking is more actual drawing than tracing. I like my leads hard as they go on the page lighter and are easier to erase.

4-After buying heaps of the tiny tech pen ink bottles, I put down the money for this big bottle which works out significantly cheaper this way. I don't think it would thicken as much as regular Indian ink over time, atleast I hope so!

5-My number 1 drawing pen! A 'Staedtler Marsmatic700' It's actually size 0.5 but it's the pen I use for the majority of my drawing. I started using techpens in 2002 and haven't looked back. I love the dependability of it and the smooth line it gives.

6-My other tech pen which I think is a '0.35'. I sometimes use this for shading but I find thos lines don't reproduce well so I've gone back to shading with my regular '0.5'.

7-It's looking worn down but this is my Pentel high polymer eraser. Imagine a really good soft eraser and times its goodness by ten and you will get a Pentel eraser.

8-Pentel white out pen. What can I say I love Pentel, seriously they make really good products I love their roller gluesticks too. I use the white out for spelling mistakes and the occasional blunder, as I said I don't heavily pencil so the white out helps if things go pear shaped. Probably not archival but it does the job.

9-This is just a simple artline pigment marker which I've been using to help fill in black areas recently. I used to use the tech pen for reasons of purity for filling the black areas but after the RSI I'm willing to cut corners save the wrist for actual drawing.

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