Arno from the comments section asked me about my drawing tools and I thought I’d post a scan of some of the things I use to create my comics.
I use a variety of tools, combinations of which differ with the kinds of projects I do. From the top, the first thing there is a Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 given to me by illustrator/inker John Beatty, and it’s one of the best brushes I’ve used. It’s perfect for fine detailing to delicate cross hatching. (Thanks John!)
The next one is a beat up brush I use for blacking out large areas.
Next is a Hunts #102 quill, which is the favorite tool of a lot of inkers, and I’ve used it myself numerous times, specially when I’m inking Whilce Portacio. The flexibility of the nib allows you to make very fine lines as well as thicker lines. Used a certain way, you can make thin to thick lines in just one stroke.
Next is a Penesco quill I found being sold for cheap at a local school supply store. It doesn’t give a fine line as the Hunts 102, but I like it for the thick lines I’m able to do. And I LOVE thick lines, even as a lot of artists don’t.
Next is a standard Speedball pen, this one is a B3, I think. Like I said, I love thick lines and this allows me to create them, as well as fill out black areas.
Next are a couple of UNI drawing pens, which is my favorite tool at the moment. They come in a variety of thickness from 0.1 to 0.8. This is what I use to draw ELMER almost exclusively. I also used this to draw Humanis Rex, and I’m also using it to draw Dr. Rizal.
Next are a couple of ROTRING technical pens, which come in a variety of thickness from 0.1 to 1.2. I used this a lot in my inking, specially inking Leinil Yu who likes to see clean, consistent linework that a techpen could give. I’m familiar with the techpen because it’s been the tool I’ve used the most throughout my years as an architecture student and as a licensed architect. Having been so used to it, I managed to use it to my advantage in comics, making it do things that it wasn’t supposed to. I use a 0.3 tech pen to letter Elmer.
My favorite drawing pencil has been, and always be, the #2 Mongol pencil. Although I prefer the “For Kids” Mongol because they’re thicker and easier to grasp.