The Tools I Use for My Art

 Here is a list of the supplies that I use to do what I do. Links are to amazon and are affiliate links. If you purchase the products through those links, you help out my blog and Youtube channel. Click the bolded text for each section to use my affiliate links and support my work. I will update this post as I catalog the equipment and art tools that I use.

Wacom DTK1660K0A Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet with Screen

This isn't the exact tablet that I use. This is one that I have considered upgrading to. Currently I use a Wacom Cintiq 13HD which as of writing this, isn't available on Amazon right now.

The 13HD is an older model. Mine is probably 5 or 6 years old. The stuff coming out now is much better but... If it isn't broken, don't fix it. My Cintiq 13HD has been a sturdy workhorse over the years. I really like it and I hear good things about this 16 inch drawing tablet as well. But if you are going to get a new tablet, get the newer one here. Used models of 13HD are only slightly less expensive than this newer model. You are getting a better deal with the new one.

Wacom makes quality. Though competition is quickly catching up in that field. I tried some wacom tablet knock offs years ago and they were terrible. But things are changing which brings us to the other tablet I've been contemplating on upgrading to.

XP-PEN Artist22 Pro Drawing Pen Display

I have yet to use this tablet screen but I have heard good things. For the price of the 16 inch screen above and getting a 21.5 inch one, it seems like a good deal. XP Pen and other manufacturers are steadily catching up to Wacom. Perhaps that's why the 16 inch Wacom screen above is so much more affordable than when I bought my Cintiq 13HD years ago. I paid over $1,000 bucks for it. Wacom seems to be feeling the pressure XP Pen and other companies are putting on them.

Clip Studio Paint

This year (2020) I made the switch away from Photoshop and Adobe products. For my painting program I switched to this one, Clip Studio Paint. I love it. It was a tad tricky to make the switch since I used Photoshop for years but CSP has one of the best brush engines in the industry. The software is often on Sale on CSP website. Currently it's about $60 here on Amazon for the physical product (CD-ROM). I don't regeret making my switch to CSP. It was totally worth it and fits the more painterly illustrative look I want to take my work moving forward.

This one is not an affiliate link. I just really like the service and products they sell. I am getting away from photobashing. But this is still a fantastic resource for high quality reference images you may need on almost anything. And if you are a photobasher, this is an invaluable resource.

Pentel Brush Pen

I just love this brush pen for traditional inking and even sketching. Sketching in ink is rough but a good exercise in learning to make each brush stroke count and to understand that stroke. Ink is permanent. There is no ctrl-z with ink and paper. Tombow also makes a nice brush pen that I like.

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