Favourite tools

I enjoy trying new materials, but in recent years I have acquired a few favourites. Below you will find the tools I prefer to use, many of which are affiliate links. If you buy something through my link, I get a small percentage of it. It won’t cost you a penny extra, but it will support me a bit.

Art supplies

I like to buy my artist materials at Splendith, a small business run by Judith. She has a fantastic selection and packs everything with love.

Holbein cake colors

This is a kind of gouache in a pan set. Nicely opaque, but also transparent with some extra water.

Blackwing Pencil

My absolute favorite graphite pencil. Soft, dark and slides like butter on paper.

Dux pencil sharpener

My favourite pencil sharpener.

Holbein Acryla Gouache (Master set)

Acryla gouache sits in between gouache and acrylic paint. Want to know more about acryla gouache?

Holbein Acryla Gouache – Complete

I have this complete set, a box of candies for any illustrator.

Talens Art Creation sketchbook

Sketchbook with fantastic value for money. Want to read more about sketchbooks?

Talens gouache

I like to buy this gouache/gouache because it is very affordable and the quality is good.

Winsor & Newton designer gouache

If you require a bit more quality, this gouache from Winsor & Newton is my favourite.

Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils

I like soft pencils, and these are nice and buttery.

Penholder Tachikawa

I’ve had this pen holder for years, and it fits comfortably in your hand because of its grip.

Nikko G-nib

I create my comics with this nib.

Kuretake Sumi ink

Sumi ink is great for making ink drawings, as well as washes and hand lettering.

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour set

This watercolor set always goes with you on holiday. Handy with pocket brush.

Pocket Color Wheel

Handy colour wheel to check your colour balance, but also the gradation of colours in your work. Essential.

Strathmore Mixed Media paper

When I paint with (acryla) gouache, I prefer this paper. It has a nice, soft layer.

painting canvas

I prefer to use Museo canvases for my paintings. They have a light texture.

Seawhite Brighton sketchbook

I make my comics on this paper, because it doesn’t bleed.

Lefranc & bourgeois flashe vinyl paint

New love: this vinyl paint dries really matte, and I love that. Especially in a fluorine color.

I prefer to use acrylic paint from the Golden and Lascaux brand. I mainly use Daler-Rowney acrylic paint on paper.


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