When it comes to making comics, I have gone through many phases with regards to my tools. These days I stick mainly to creating comics using digital tools and programs but that’s not to say that it is the only method of producing art.
I first started drawing webcomics using plain, ole pencils. I was particular about my quality. I favoured a set of pencils my brother left me. Those poor babies got worn to nubs before I finally switched to mechanical pencils. Straightaway I was hooked! No longer did I have to worry about the sharpness of my lead, but I was able to switch out the lead from 2B to 6B whenever I wanted. I loved using them, particularly for a spooky horror comic I was drawing at the time.
I also spent time painting pages in gouache. There’s a collection of terribly written and painted pages bound together in books buried at my parents place, which shall remain so for the time being. The level of cringe is real. Amateur writing aside, it did mark my conversion from watercolour to gouache. I loved it’s vibrant colours and versatility. You could lay it on thick like acrylic or thin it out to become the consistency of watercolours. It was forgiving which, for a young artist, was what I needed.
However, the moment my father brought home a bootleg copy of Photoshop Elements, I was forever changed. He went on to buy me my first digital tablet; a blue plastic little thing that eventually fell apart but man did it troop on when it could. Throughout the years my tablets have been slowly replaced with better models. Today I use a Wacom Cintiq which allows me to draw directly on it.
Hopefully in the future I can upgrade my setup to be a powerful and intimidating monstrosity. But for now I am happy with my tools of the trade.
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