Anonymous asked: Jacob! Your stuff is awesome and I was wondering what pencils, brushes, ink, paint and paper you usually use? Any particular brands? Thanks!
So first if all, I’ll say that I do most of my final illustrations in Photoshop, using Kyle Webster’s brushes. I have a 24” Cintiq, but that’s not really necessary for most people.
So about brands, there are a few that I’m loyal to. But it’s hard to tell the difference honestly. I just buy whatever nowadays, when it comes to pencils and paper. Although for pencils, people swear by brands like Tombow and Staedtler, and they deliver.
For sketches, I regularly use graphite pencils. I like to change things up and experiment, so I don’t always use the same pencils. Mostly I use a 4H and HB pencil. If I want a more expressive line, I’ll sometimes use a 6B, never really sharpened. On that note, my friend John Zylstra introduced me to these mechanical pencils, which are very convenient. You never need to sharpen them, and you can alternate the lead. They’re very nice for clean, detailed drawings. Often, when I feel like it, I’ll use Sketchbook Pro. It’s very smooooooth.
That’s about it. I rarely use ink or paint anymore (I’m considering painting in oils again, for fun). I’ll sometimes draw with colored pencils and microns. The paper I use is just regular 65 lb. to 90 lb. sketchbook paper. Nothing special.
I try to discourage obsessing over materials. Just find something that you’re comfortable with and practice as much as possible. Unfortunately, if your artwork looks bad, it’s not the fault of your materials…Most of the time, at least.
You can find any of these materials at any art supply store, or online. Anyway, thanks for the question! If you’d like a more detailed response, feel free to shoot an email my way, firstname.lastname@example.org