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Please note that I don't use ALL these tools for every piece I make. Not using these doesn't make you a bad artist. People just asked what I use, so I am sharing the info.

Update: I now no longer use my intuos Pro L, instead I use an Intuos Pro Paper Edition (M) and a Companion 2.

Link to my FAQ

I completely forgot that I also use POLYCHROMO colour pencils (by Faber Castell) for touch ups and details in traditional tools. Sorry! Not sure if I can edit it in still, but I hope people will simply read the description...  

A lot of you have suggested Krita as an alternative to GIMP. Also, Clip Studio Paint is a cheap and good program geared mainly to comic and manga making.

Since some people are assuming I am rich, it took me at least ten years to get all these materials together and test techniques. They're also what I earn my living with, so it's a necessary investment for me. :)

This tutorial has been brought to you by my patrons!  ♥
If I reach my next milestone on Patreon, I will start making more tutorials on a regular schedule! (Right now I make them when I find the time.)

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:iconthe-anything-network:
the-anything-network Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Student General Artist
fair tips, good art style.
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kalouriis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Where'd you get the Pebeo Watercolor inks?? I've been searching for those for a while!
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Professional
I ordered them online in a german art supply shop!
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Matteyalien Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ummmmm...uhhhhh.wait what? oh....wait huh? I think I get it though.... i dont knooooooooooooooooooooo-


*dies*
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
(Du bist ja Deutsch, cool :la:)
Ich habe großartige Erfahrungen mit Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Aquarellstiften gemacht. Die sind fast genauso farbintensiv wie Polychromos bei Benutzung als "normalen" Buntstiften, und wenn man sie mit Wasser vermalt, haben sie einfach eine riesige Farbbrillianz.
Klar ist Copics ein ganz anderes Medium, aber ich finde, mit Aquarellbuntstiften lässt sich fast der gleiche Effekt erzielen. Wenn man sich also Copics nicht leisten kann (oder will), kann man Aquarell einüben und damit auch professionell wie mit Copics arbeiten ;)
Ich hoffe, ich konnte dir weiterhelfen mit deinem Tutorial!
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BBHSN98 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
copic markers are like 'really' prizey here (single ciao costs at least 16 TL, a whole set costs a goddamn 1000 TL)
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:iconazure-inspires:
Azure-Inspires Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Been using Copics for 6 years, I love them >w<
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:iconleeanix:
Leeanix Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool. I pretty much use all the same stuff except for the traditional coloring tools. My art starts on paper and I draw with mechanical pencils and erasers.  I have an Epson scanner too and use it a lot. I then ink and color with photoshop or illustrator.  Made me happy to see someone that does things similar to me. I would love a second monitor. That would be helpful.
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:iconketaster:
Ketaster Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
okey, this may help me a lot :)
ty then
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:iconmeowmilly:
meowmilly Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
does the hair dryer make the watercolours spread??
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:iconmanimatsu:
Manimatsu Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student General Artist
These are really interesting to find out! And ohmygosh we have the same tablet--
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GRAVITYFALLSISSOCOOL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016   Traditional Artist
Your sooo lucky!!!! I'm a big fan of your mini comics!!!!
I want Copic markers soooo bad!!!
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:iconkitty-kirishima:
Kitty-Kirishima Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do the hair dryer thing as well, I hate waiting xD
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TheMistressofFire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Student General Artist
I use Wacom and Faber-Castell too! And Photoshop on ocasion :)
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:iconminagi-mikoto:
Minagi-Mikoto Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Very nice and helpful. Thx. :)
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starlake9625 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful!!!!!
thank you 4 sharingHeart Heart Heart 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016   General Artist
Very helpful indeed! Though I don't use light tablet, instead I keep a small mirror in my workspace for corrections. So I guess life does have a "flip image" option :D
Also is there any program other than Photoshop that uses CMYK mode, which is essential for printing? As far as I know Gimp and SAI don't use CMYK, only RGB, so I was curious if there's any alternative for PS.
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:iconannehersel:
AnneHersel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a doubt, do you draw the sketch in paper and then you complete the drawing in digital?
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:iconshakey-shake:
Shakey-Shake Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Miss, I have a question about the traditional drawing, Did people used Hb-B6, What pencil they used the most?
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional
I don't understand, you want to know which one I use most? or people in general?
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Shakey-Shake Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In Traditional, I think people in general.
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional
I don't really know about other people's habits, sorry. I use H, HB, and 2B most.
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Shakey-Shake Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, Thanks for reply, I will tried my best to draw stuff. :)
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aevrynn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Artrage isn't completely free though like they have a free demo but you can't do everything with it. The full version is still quite cheap, like 40-50€.
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RainbowDash1235 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for putting this up so I'll know what to buy!
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IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015   General Artist
I never heard about hair dryer artistic use before, but it's a great idea! :clap: 
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ArtisticaKreativa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm an artist leaning toward the beginning side, and don't really have a distinct "style" or prefer to create anything specific. What digital art program/software would you recommend to artists like myself, which is reasonably priced or possibly free?
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aevrynn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and also would 100% recommend getting a tablet. Drawing with a moise is nigh impossible tbh. :XD: (Some people get decent results but I don't know what kind of black magic they use)
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aevrynn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(I am by no means an expert but since this is about free programs you can just try them out, and as the original poster of this tutorial hasn't responded sooo)

Gimp is kinda annoying, the user interface is just. Idk. Weird. Not user-friendly. It's okay if you know what you're doing I guess. I use it for pixels only.
The other free program I've tried is Krita. Since the program I use doesn't have that many brush options it was quite overwhelming as there seemed to be soooo many of them but it seems quite decent for a free program.
I personally use Artrage, I think they have a demo version and it's not that pricey anyway. Has a really different looking user interface than pretty much anything else I've seen (they're all quite familiar, after all), but quite easy to use. It's just annoying because everything is so different from other programs, it can be hard to apply the same techniques using it. (Also tutorials, if a tutorial is for sai/photoshop it might be hard to apply) It has some really nice things other programs don't so it's worth the pain imo. :XD:

Also, SAI is quite cheap, like 30$? Might be wrong. Maybe it was during a sale. But still. Cheap. And you can try it out for a month for free. (Not sure if you can do everything though) But a lot of artists use it so I guess it has to be good. Personally haven't tried it out.
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Simply-Nouo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't switch because I've used GIMP for years :P
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:iconaevrynn:
aevrynn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose Gimp can be fine if you're used to it but I most certainly am not. :'D
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Simply-Nouo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense, isn't worth the effort unless ur broke I guess :P
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ArtisticaKreativa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, this really helps! And thankfully I have a tablet, I've just been looking for a good program since the one I am currently trying to use is, not great. Again I really appreciate it!:3
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aevrynn Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad to help. :)
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:iconartisticakreativa:
ArtisticaKreativa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just looking for something solid and practical, which I could "grow into" as I develop my skills (if that makes sense)
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emilee1404 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey ArtisticaKreativa! I'm also a novice that is trying still to draw with a mouse! But from what I've heard, you should TOTALLY get a tablet! I, on my mac, use adobe flash cc a LOT and find that preeetty good. 
I've also heard Firealpaca recommended quite a bit.

I'm considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (9.7"), but I'm also looking at the outdated HTC Flyer (7").
As for Wacom tablets, I've heard a LOT of good things about them!
Just a couple tablets that you might want to look at!

Could you be so kind as to let me know if you find any tablet you like? Thank you!
(I'm pretty much in your situation)
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ArtisticaKreativa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankfully I do have a tablet, Wacom Bamboo, I'm not sure what specific model though. I haven't downloaded a decent digital art program yet, so......I can't give you a solid opinion about the tablet, once I do I will be sure to tell you! Thank you for sharing, as a beginning artist it really helps!
:3
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HitMeWithBrokenLeave Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you use the black watercolor for inking?
If not what would you recommend? I've tried
Syria Ink i think it's called but it messes up my
metal calligraphic pens :(
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional
I use deleter ink, if I ink traditionally. the pen nibs are made to withstand that ink, so it works really well.
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HitMeWithBrokenLeave Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh okay! Thanks so much :D
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:iconpxar:
pxar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what size brush lineart do you use? (in paint tool sai)
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional
it depends entirely on the image I am working on. Usually I use 6, 9, 12, 14 or 20.
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smartwhitefang Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
i need some of this stuff
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sonicluke Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Cool :)
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Since you are looking for a good marker and watercolor paper, (as was I until recently) check out Canson's  Edition Drawing paper. I know it says 'drawing' but it takes watercolor and marker great. color pencil too. it's 153.6 lb / 250 g weight. 9 x 12 inches. Also sold in big sheets.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional
thanks for the suggestion! I do love canson, they make good stuff. :)
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:iconmagr:
MAGR Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
I love when pro artists do these lists :D
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:icontheluckydeviant:
theluckydeviant Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hey,Krita is another free drawing app for anime themed arts!
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togepi1234 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student General Artist
And when all else fails, a pencil and paper will always keep you distracted XD
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Traumkratzer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Super! That is very helpful and offers a lot of insight about the material.
Plus, it encourages us all to look for the best way, we ourselves can get out the best work.
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