Tools I'm Using
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.
A device that calibrates your screen. It's essential if you want to make sure your colours come out right, especially in print.
A "glove" that keeps your hand from sticking to the tablet. I never draw without it!
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
Colour wheel for Phostop that makes selecting colours a lot more convenient
Keeps your lines steady while drawing in Photoshop
Creates perspective grids in Photoshop with just a few clicks
Powerful free 3D modelling software
Sketching programme for random shapes and happy accidents
Website Builder / Host
They have a bunch of simple and clean templates. Very easy to use! My current one is called Clay.
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.
Art & Reference Books
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.
Podcast & 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?"
A podcast for creative entrepeneurs by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson
Art Side of Life
Host Iva makes it her mission to reveal the secrets of successful artists through a series of interviews
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
Art directors answer your questions anonymously
My Standing Desk
The Ikea BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk freed me from back pain. Maybe it helps you, too!
Blackroll Massage Ball
If I ever get tense muscles, I roll the pain away with this handy little ball.