Ryan Dave Jimenez Posted June 16, 2019 Share Posted June 16, 2019 Alright. If you've been following this series: Quote 1. You've already started by copying (not tracing) your favorite anime characters. 2. You've accepted the fact that talent is not required only hard work. 3. ----- So what's the third step? Well it's time to shop for some art supplies! The things you will need will largely depend on your workflow (How you draw from start to finish) There are at least 3 workflows (at least for me) Purely digital (you do everything on a computer) Purely traditional (you do everything without the aid of a computer) Semi digital/traditional (you use a computer for some things) For this post I would be focusing on Semi digital/traditional, as this is my personal workflow. A drawing typically has these steps: Planning Sketching Inking Coloring Lighting For my semi digital/traditional, Planning - I do this with just pencil and paper Sketching - I do this again with pencil and paper Inking - I do this with a computer Coloring - I do this with a computer Lighting - I do this with a computer Planning A cardboard viewfinder Movie directors use this to "frame" a scene. As an artist, you can also use this to clearly form a picture in your head of how a drawing should appear. You won't need this every time. But it helps when you encounter difficult drawings. Just cut out a viewfinder from cardboard or use your hands to form a viewfinder. Posing figure Sometimes it can get hard to imagine a pose. So you need to use a physical object to see the pose better. Posing figures come in many shapes and sizes (and prices). You can also use any old action figure you have lying around. Assuming its joints can be moved of course. Traditional Sketching Sketchbook You can choose between paper or a sketchbook. But I recommend the latter. The problem with paper is you can lose them. At least with a sketchbook, all your drawings are in one place. Making them easier to find. I find that a 50 page 9 x 12 inches (any brand) is good enough for most purposes. Go smaller if you're more comfortable with that though. Pencils Without going into too much detail, you just need 2-3 pencils. One pencil with a light mark and another with a darker mark. This will allow you to vary the weight of your lines in your sketches. However, if you don't ink and color by hand (you use a computer) then you might just need 1 pencil. Mechanical pencils These are perfect for working on fine details like facial features. The point of these pencils are very small allowing you precise control over them. Choose a mechanical pencil in the 0.3 to 0.5 mm range. Pencil sharpener Eh what more can you say? If it can sharpen a pencil then it's good enough. It is funny though how sharpeners come in a ton of variety and styles. Eraser Do not choose pink erasers. Or the erasers that come with the pencil. They are terrible. They rub the paper away and do a poor job. I recommend Vinyl/plastic erasers. They are colored white and can erase without damaging the paper. Paint brush To brush away the pieces left after you erase. You can just use your hand but I find it cleaner to use a small paintbrush. As it won't smear anything. Ruler, French curves, Drawing compass To make it easier to draw lines and curves. It is actually very hard to draw a perfect circle or perfect straight line with just your hand. There is no shame in seeking the help of a tool. A lightbox A box with a glass surface and a light inside. You place your drawing on the glass and it gets illuminated from beneath. This makes it easier to spot mistakes and what not. It makes tracing very easy too. I personally never used one but I can see how useful it can be. Digital Inking, Coloring, & Lighting A graphics tablet There are 2 types of tablets. The first are the ones where you look at the computer screen while drawing. These are cheaper and smaller. I recommend them for beginners and hobbyists. It may take a while to get used to the hand-eye coordination required to use them but it's just like using a mouse. The second type are the ones where you look at the tablet itself while drawing. These are more expensive but bigger. You will need a lot of desk space to use one. They are for professionals. Artists who make money drawing. They feel more natural as it's like drawing on paper. A glove When drawing with a tablet, your hand is always in contact with the tablet. It can be a problem. As your hand can get sweaty or oily. To get around this, most digital artists use a glove. Some cut away parts of the glove for better mobility. Graphics software Again I will stay away from brands and such as it really comes down to preference. There are paid and free options here. If you have the money then feel free to go the Adobe suite route. Otherwise the free options are good enough. The major mistake I see beginners make is that they tend to buy the most expensive art supplies and tools. Thinking it will make them draw better. The problem with that is: A: Art supplies & tools won't be the ones doing the drawing. It will be you. They just make it easier. You can give a bad driver a Lamborghini. It won't make them a better driver. Just a bad driver with a nice car. B: As a newbie you cannot tell if pencil A is better than pencil B. That comes with experience. So just buy art supplies that fit your budget. You can always upgrade anyways if you feel your tools are inadequate. Feel free to share your workflow and the art supplies and tools you use along the way. Because this is all just based on how I do things. 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