Every artist has their favorite supplies. It's an important part of what makes the artwork
possible for them. So here's a list of my favorite supplies.
Some drawings call for a hand drawn component that I have done before in my sketch
books. Other times I have found that drawing things the old fashioned way will allow
for some me to create effects when combined with the a couple of filters from a graphics
program that I just can't get any other way. And occasionally and old sketchbook will
have a picture that with a few minor tweaks or using a couple of filters on it will do
Sometimes I ad the color only after I scan an uncolored image into the computer. Some
times I'll ad the color before hand not always knowing that I will scan that image into
the computer. Using colored pencils is one of my favorite ways to ad the some color to
a hand drawn picture.
There are occasions in which I want to ad the color to a picture before scanning it and
colored pencils will create some types of effects, but I am actually aiming for something
different. And some times hand drawn pictures are something I don't expect to be using at
all but I still want to have some fun with them, adding a little color. Colored pens are my
other favorite for that.
To make an initial out line of a picture.
When I am make a picture that I input into the computer I always have to ink it in using some
black pens. I tend to use several different sizes to trace the outline of a shape. This is a
very important step for any hand draw picture that is being used as a black and white images for
Every digital artist needs their digital canvas, that is what the computer is for.
When using a hand drawn picture to create a digital picture it has to get into the computer
some how, so scanning an image from a sketchbook, or even an old photo taken from a film camera
takes a scanner to input into the computer.
Put simply every so often I work from a photograph, and I like to use a digital camera
to take those photos. While I do use older photos taken with a film camera every so
often I prefer a photo taken with a digital camera where possible. Of course some pictures
that I use were taken before digital cameras were common, let alone before I had access to one.
Graphics tablet and stylus-
Some times when I draw something using the mouse just won't do the trick. I
have to be able to draw on the computer a lot like I would for a sketchbook, anything
that includes some tracing of a hand draw component or a photograph, and every time I
get to a stage where I am adding any level of shading. Almost all of my digital art work draws
on the the same skills that I use to draw a picture on paper. To allow for that I use a tablet
and stylus instead of a mouse. Without this tool it's safe to say that the mass
majority of my DIGITAL artwork would not exist.
Open source software-
When it comes to software you have 3 options. The first is to pay a
small fortune for software that may not be what you had hoped for. The second is to use
what came with your computer, which for me means not even being able to do any of
the pictures you see posted on my site because put simply it's far to limited. I choose
option three, download an open source graphics program. The graphics program I work with
is comparable to most if not all programs that might cost hundreds of dollars without the massive
cost. In fact my every piece of software I have on my computer (except for a couple of games)
either came with the computer, is involved in the security of the computer, or is an open source
The creativity from within-
Every artists goes through a time when no matter what other supplies they have around
them, even if they sit down with those supplies all surrounding them they just can't
create. Others times leaving home for even a few hours without a sketchbook is just
unbearable. There are days when I have to use special music to jump start my creativity,
there are days when I can't stand not to be working on my half way done art project when I
am busy with something else. Creativity can not be taught, without my creativity my artwork
would not be possible. So if you want to learn to do anything in the arts the most important
art supply of all can't be bought taught, neither can it be taken from you forever, it is the
creativity locked within yourself.
Over the years I have dabbled with many different mediums. For me no set of supplies has allowed
me to be more creative, and have more fun, and to remain so passionate about my own artwork than
the supplies listed above.