Tools and Resources
Every item on this page is a part of my creative toolbox. Every one of these is a product I’ve purchased or have experience with and would recommend, so I hope you find them helpful too. This page contains some affiliate links, which means if you decide to purchase somthing using the links below, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (so a huge thank you if you use one of these links!).
- Pilot Parallel Pen Assorted Ink Refill Packs (3 Pack)– this pack includes some colors that you can’t get individually.
Individual Colors Packs:
- Ecoline Watercolor Inks – I use these to create color gradients by dipping pens filled with another color.
- Rapidograph Waterproof White Ink
- Golden High Flow Acrylics
My love of broad nib calligraphy begin with a love of fountain pens. If you have never tried fountain pen inks, I highly, highly recommend that you look into these. There are so many options, many with unique, beautiful, and seemingly magical properties. Here are some of my favorites:
White / Colored Paper
- Strathmore Bristol Board – There are 2 versions: vellum, and smooth. I like the smooth surface when writing with Pilot Parallel pens.
- Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
- Watercolor Paper:
- Nanami Seven Seas Notebooks – My favorite notebook for practicing. The Crossfield and Microdot editions have helpful marks for practicing. The Standard is filled with totally blank pages.
- Writing Mat (near the bottom of the page if you use the link) – I recommend getting a writing mat to put under the page when practicing (I like the B5 Soft Clear ones)
- Strathmore Black Artagain Paper Pad
- Fabriano Black Pad – my current favorite black paper, sturdy and has the deepest black color that I’ve found
- Strathmore Black Mixed Media Pad
- Bee Paper Black Paper Sketchbook
- Strathmore Black Canvas Paper
Other Writing Tools
- Pigma Micron Pens – I use these frequently to draw outlies
- Rotring Isograph Technical Drawing Pen – For highly detailed designs, these write incredibly fine lines.
- Mechanical Pencil – I like using mechanical pencils for drawing guidelines. Using a mechanical pencil is great because you don’t have to worry about sharpening. You can use any pencil that you prefer but here are a couple of cool ones:
- Uni Posca Paint Pens – I use these quite often to add outlines and other effects (especially on black paper).
- Fons & Porter White Mechanical Pencil – great for drawing guidelines on black paper
- Molotow Liquid Chrome Pen (Set) – these create the most amazing chrome effects! I usually use the 1mm size.
- Copic Sketch Markers
- Prismacolor Artgum Eraser
- Pentel Click Eraser
Other Helpful Tools & Supplies
- Helix Circle Ruler – my favorite tool for drawing circles
- Ruler – if you’re not using grid or line paper then a ruler is a simple way to create guidelines for yourself. Any ruler will do, but I personally like these parallel line rulers because they make drawing parallel lines much easier.
- Magnifying Glass (Clip) – incredibly helpful tool for writing or drawing small details
- Small Jars
- Dusting Brush – wipe away eraser dust (a lot easier than blowing or wiping with your hand!)
- Acrylic Spray
Tablet & Accessories
Home Recording / Photography
- Canon M50 Mirrorless Camera – I love this camera. The quick version: it’s small, light, convenient and great for capturing video of yourself of your work
- Manfrotto Tripod – Select the “4-Section Aluminum Body” option on the product page for an excellent and MUCH cheaper option than the default carbon fiber version
- Blue Yeti Microphones – These are hugely popular microphones and include everything you need to start recording. They connect via USB then are ready to go.
- Audio Technica AT2035 Microphone – The is the microphone that I have. Based on my research, it offers great audio quality for the price but it will require additional accessories to work (an XLR cable, and an audio interface)
- Audio Interface – an audio interface is required if you use a non-USB microphone (like the AT2035 above)
- Microphone Desk Stand – this the stand that I own and use regularly