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suggestions for materials

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by BenJonesDesign, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. BenJonesDesign

    BenJonesDesign Active Member

    Right, after deciding to get myself back on track with illustration and to take it seriously, I've already looked into good books for progressing my skills and now I want to look into what materials are best for each type of illustration, what materials are more affective. The following is what I currently use:

    Cartoon (comics) - Pencil, ink, touched up in photoshop / illustrator
    Fantasy - Pencil - Gouache - photoshop
    Landscape - Water colour, Gouache (Gouache preferred)
    Portraits - Water colour, Gouache (Gouache preferred)
    Sketch - Pencil

    What materials do you use, or in my case what should I be using instead?
     
  2. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Mac, black fineliner, Photoshop/Illustrator/Freehand, wacom tablet, blue lead sketch pencil, trace pad, sketch pad/paper, black pencil, low tak tape, lightbox, scanner (A3 is good), scalpel, printer, sorted.

    Markers, soft coloured pencils, watercolours, brushes, ink pen on standby.
     
  3. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    :up: Pretty similar, except I don't use a lightbox so much.

    I'd be lost without at least two thicknesses of fineliner. Mechanical pencils are great, especially with blue lead for roughwork (though it tends to snap a lot - be light with it). Tracing paper is great to work with too for doing linework.

    It's all about trying things out and seeing what works for you and the style you're working in, try a bit of mix & match. Hell, I've had some nice results even with a Bic biro.
     
  4. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I love layout pads as they're much cheaper than trace.
     
  5. ralphsaunders

    ralphsaunders Senior Member

    Brain, moleskin, pencil.... I want to get back into using layout pads again... so useful for doing logos.
     
  6. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I get Goldline layout pads from Ebay and the local art shop (when they have them) and pay between £3-£4 per 80 sheet pad.
    I find that I treat them less preciously than trace which allows me to flow and develop better and care less about mistakes which I tend to do with expensive trace.
    Plus I find that pencil doesn't smudge as it does on trace.

    I have the same problems with Moleskines.
    I just like em too much and don't like to spoil them so I just use basic copy paper.
     
  7. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    What is a 'Moleskine'...?
     
  8. ralphsaunders

    ralphsaunders Senior Member

  9. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    So it's a posh note pad.

    I get mine at this outlet....

    www.asda.co.uk
     
  10. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    My rough work is often done on basic cheap-as-chips copy paper, then use trace. Layout pad is fine but I tend not to use it for much rough work.
     
  11. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Yup, cheap as chips paper for sketching out.
    I've a whole load of the stuff in front of me now as I type.
    A nice trace pad is however costly and I find myself using every scrap.

    I have a Wednesday deadline on a job...but the PS3 is calling....

    ....hhmmm.
     
  12. BenJonesDesign

    BenJonesDesign Active Member

    thanks guys, I'll have to take your advice on the cheap paper part, mind you after being in Hobbycraft you can sure get some bargains in there at times.
     

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