Thursday, May 1, 2014

Top 5 Art Supplies Used By Comic Book Artists

(5)  Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser - Latex-free plastic eraser delivers practically residue-free erasing. The eraser waste twists itself up into long strands that can be easily removed. Plastic material is phthalate-free and latex-free. Eraser comes in a handy slide sleeve for convenient handling.

(4) Strathmore Bristol Board - Created specially for the comic, cartoon and graphic novel industry. Smooth is ideal for both traditional and specialty pen & ink tools and markers. Acid free, 100lb paper.

(3)  Pentel Graphgear 1000 (or 500) - Finely chiseled metallic grip inlaid with soft latex-free pads. Dual-function pocket clip releases heavy spring mechanism to retract tip. Sophisticated brushed metal barrel. Writes crisp fine lines of consistent density.

(Notable artists known to use Pentel Graphgear include Bernard ChangJim Lee, and Humberto Ramos)

(2.5)  Staedtler Lead Holder This lead holder from Staedtler takes all 2 mm leads. It features a long finger grip, pocket clip and lead pointer in the top. A super-lock clutch formly grips the lead to eliminate unwanted movement.

(Notable artists known to use the Staedtler Lead Holder include Jim Lee and Adam Hughes)

(2)  Copic Sketch Markers - Scores of anime, manga and comics artists prefer Copic markers because of their ultra-blendable, low odor, alcohol based inks. Unlike water-based inks, which tend to peel and oversoak the paper while blending, Copics mix on the surface to deliver the wonderfully rich blends they're known for. This outstanding performance has distinguished Copic markers as the celebrated coloring tool within professional, semi-professional and hobby circles alike.

(Notable artists known to use Copic Sketch Markers include Adam HughesJoe Benitez, and Humberto Ramos)

(1)  Sakura Pigma Micron Pen - When accuracy, minute details and preservation count, the unparalleled archival quality of pigma micron pens makes them everyone's first choice. It has achieved universal appeal and is carried by technical professionals, comic book artists, cartoonists,  and illustrators alike. Features archival quality ink for use in acidfree environments, chemically stable, waterproof, fade resistant, no smears, feathers or bleedthrough on most papers.

(Notable artists known to use Micron Pens include Jim Lee, Bernard Chang, and Marcio Takara)

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  1. Would you also now what kind of white pens they use for highlights?

    1. Signo Uniball White Pen ( is a pretty common one.