I hope you're doing fine. Recently I discovered lots of different traditional tools. Just want to list some below, maybe you're curious:
Markers: I prefer warm grey. The best marker I yet tried out is from "Molotow", the Letraset Promarker are fine as well. I really prefer the felt tip on both sides (broad and round), compared to some markers which have a brush-tip. It's not really that useful to me. After a marker dries, I'll dip them into my chinese inks and it works just fine. Only the brush-tips might fall off over time, no matter how you use them.
Ballpointpens: Black ballpointpens from "BIC", really great for lineart drawings.
Inks: Chinese ink from "AMI", as well as inks from "Lefranc & Bourgeois" (I like the black, sepia and burned siena colors)
Pencils: From any company, I think you can find many good ones no matter which ones you choose
Recently I grabbed lots of acrylic colors, great so use with water and synthetic brushes. I'll get a kind of "diluter", with which the color will look much better than with water.
As for colored pencils: I really recommend the Col Erase pencils. Love them a lot. And the black pencils from "LYRA".
If you want to smudge graphite or ink, use alcohol with a brush. For me there are some interesting results with these tools.
All in all, I love traditional tools a lot as one really learns more from using these than with a digital one. I have to say though, that I improved my skills with acrylics due to painting a lot in Photoshop and drawing with markers and inks. Anyway, painting traditionally really helps for the digital stuff.
However, combining both techniques and their tools (traditional and digital) is the ultimate way for me to create what is within my imagination.
Which tools do you prefer?
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