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SYAC - Tools of the Trade by TomPreston SYAC - Tools of the Trade by TomPreston
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There are a lot of books which will tell you what tools you NEED to become a great comic artist, things like brushes and ink pens and the special sized comic paper and blue pencils and kneaded erasers and photoshop and large scanners etc etc...

But the real truth is, it doesn't matter WHAT you use, it's HOW you use it. One of the most famous Graphic Novels, "Maus," was done primarily on extremely flimsy and cheap paper. Of course, if you want to work for a major company like DC or Marvel, there are some things you DO have to follow... but if you're making comics for yourself, it's really anyone's game when it comes to technique providing the end result is still the same.
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Kreiser Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 FILL BUCKET RULZ!!!1!!!!1111!!!
chochi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I don't get the joke...It's that he's using outdated tools compared with yours?
DaggerXIV Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tom is using the shitty tools, while the artist one uses good materials.
For a professional, using good tools is important to get certain results on a piece of art.
SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to this! Use what you like and can afford. Use what you have.

I like using Prismacolors on Strathmore paper, but frequently use whatever pencil I have on hand with whatever paper is nearby. I love ArtRage, but have used Paint.Net. In high school, I did some cool stuff with cheap ballpoint pens on the backs of worksheets. The best artists can even use limitations to their advantage.
DaggerXIV Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not for certain commissions. 
SweetLitterBox Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I use whatever I can get my hands on. Can't go wrong with that tactic. :)
RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your comics! I use wacom and ps. I also love normal pens and copy paper. :)
DragonAllons-y Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Art tools I use for drawing are:
Sketch pencils
Pink eraser
Micron Inking Pens
Sakura white gelly roll pen
Copic Sketch markers set C
Color Pencils
Crayola color markers
Cardstock paper

Cool drawing though :)
Seraphsword-Seraphs Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My tools of the trade:
A really cheap and suckish hand sharpener
A pencil
An eraser
A box filled with colored pencils
Notebook paper
A black ink pen(that you can get cheap at an office supply store)
EmmaLeUnicorn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If my memory serves it was done on typewriting paper with a ordinary fountain pen. 
Still a better comic than most could do with all those fancy tools.
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