tools I'm using
- Copic Markers*
Markers that allow you to achieve even surfaces as well as smooth gradients. I also use ink refills once they run dry.
- Copic Mulitiliner SP*
They have extremely fine tips available for super thin lines. Waterproof, too! I use refill cartidges as well.
- Windsor & Newton Ink*
My favourite black ink. I use it with a brush to fill large areas in my drawings.
- Pentel Pocket Brush Pen*
The brush gives amazing line variation. I tried it out after I saw Kim Jung Gi use it. The pen can also be refilled.
- Hahnemühle Nostalgie Paper*
It has a natural creme colour. I use it for all my ink/Copic drawings.
- Canson Moulin du Roy Watercolour Paper*
The hot pressed paper is extremely smooth. I would recommend to only use waterproof media on it (acrylics, ink) since watercolour might lift off.
- Schmincke Acrylic Paint*
It's the brand that I prefer, but I'm sure Golden or any other paints that are available outside of Germany will do.
- Faber Castell Polychromos*
They're my favourite coloured pencils. I use them in combination with acrylic paint. They stay in place because they're waterproof.
- Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils*
Once you hit these pencils with water, they turn into vibrant watercolours.
- Wacom Intuos Pro M*
I use this graphic tablet for all of my digital art. Once you disable the touch funtion, it works perfectly.
- Datacolor Spyder5PRO*
A device that calibrates your screen. It's essential if you want to make sure your colours come out right, especially in print.
- Smudge Guard*
A "glove" that keeps your hand from sticking to the tablet. I never draw without it!
- Photoshop CS6*
My go-to programme for drawing and painting. Version CS6 might not be available anymore, only CC.
- My Brush Set
A list of my favourite brushes in Photoshop
- Magic Picker
Colour wheel for Phostop that makes selecting colours a lot more convenient
- Lazy Nezumi
Keeps your lines steady while drawing in Photoshop
- Perspective Tools
Creates perspective grids in Photoshop with just a few clicks
Powerful free 3D modelling software
Sketching programme for random shapes and happy accidents
They have a bunch of simple and clean templates. Very easy to use!
books for learning
- Drawing the Head and Hands by Andrew Loomis*
Helps you break down and understand the basic structure of the human head. A very systematic approach.
- Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis*
Helps you break down and understand the basic structure of the human body.
- Figure Drawing: Design and Invention by Michael Hampton*
My personal favourite when it comes to anatomy books. Goes deeper into all the muscles and moving parts than Loomis.
- Drawing from Life by George B. Bridgman*
Bridgman's blocky drawing style helps you understand the threedimensional nature of the human body. Not a step-by-step or how-to book though.
- Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson*
Especially useful for beginners who want to learn the basics of drawing from observation.
- Color & Light by James Gurney*
A guide that introduces all kinds of lighting scenarios as well as a ton of information about mixing colours and palettes.
- Imaginative Realism by James Gurney*
A guide on how to make your fantasy creations really come to life.
- Perspective for Comic Book Artists by David Chelsea*
A very light and entertaining approach to perspective drawing in form of a comic.
- How to Draw by Scott Robertson*
An extremely dense book that contains everything you need to know about perspective and constructing objects from imagination.
- How to Render by Scott Robertson*
After you've learnt how to draw objects, this book tells you how to render them - considering light and materials.
- Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers by Marcos Mateu-Mestre*
Extremely useful if you want to work on telling stories with your art and how to get your message across.
- Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis*
Goes over composition, how to use reference and all kinds of things you need to know in order to make a good illustration
- Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud*
Not a how-to book, but it has tons of valuable information, e.g. on how different drawing styles affect our perception.
favourite art &
- Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig*
My number one favourite artist. The book has beautiful artwork, mini tutorials and a fantastic story in it.
- Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean*
The collection includes preliminary sketches and his thought process.
- The Art of Loish by Lois van Baarle*
Some of the most beautiful colour palettes you'll ever see as well as sketches and tutorials
- Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art*
Some of the most amazing fantasy artists contribute to this collection every year.
- The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook by Alan Lee*
A bunch of gorgeous, detailed pencil drawings
- Historic Costume in Pictures by Braun & Schneider*
Perfect for reference when drawing historic costumes. Or just for design inspiration.
podcasts & video
One Fantastic Week
A weekly web show where self-employed fantasy artists Pete Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal talk about current business, creativity and the all-important question "How was your week?"
Art Side of Life
Host Iva makes it her mission to reveal the secrets of successful artists through a series of interviews
- Muddy Colors
Different artists contribute to this blog and it has a ton of useful information about anything art-related
- Kiri Østergaard Leonard
She has an ongoing series that features women in fantasy illustration
- Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
A great resource that helps artist get treated fairly in the industry
- Dear AD
Art directors answer your questions anonymously
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