Djamila Knopf


tools I'm using


  • 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
  • Blender
    Powerful free 3D modelling software
  • Alchemy
    Sketching programme for random shapes and happy accidents


website builder/host

  • Squarespace
    They have a bunch of simple and clean templates. Very easy to use!

books for learning

favourite art &
reference books


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


art business



  • 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.


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