The Tools Artists Use

Anke Weckmann

Posted on May 22, 2009 | Comments

Anke Weckmann is a freelance illustrator living in London.


What are some of your favorite drawing tools (pens, pencils, markers, drawing tablet, all of the above)?

I usually draw my work with black pens, and I always try new brands or types that I see.

For rough sketches I have a love of pencils, I like colourful and sparkly ones, just because it's more enjoyable to draw with pretty pencils.

If you have a wide collection, how do you decide on which to use on a particular drawing, project, or day?

If it's a commission then I'll draw with black ink pens. If I'm doodling in my sketchbook I use all kinds of pens.

If you prefer pens, is there any particular brand, color, or type of ink you like best?

I love Uni-Ball pens because they're really black and they're waterproof, so you can paint over them with watercolour without smudging.

How do you like your color? Watercolor? Acrylics? Oil? Colored pencils? Markers?

I use digital colours for most of my illustrations. Occasionally I use a bit of watercolour. I do like coloured pencils and markers, but I mostly just use them in my sketchbooks.

If you do use paints, inks, pencils, or markers for coloring, are there any in particular that are your favorites? Do you prefer travel sets of paints to a full set?

Schmincke watercolours are wonderful, I think.


Is there any particular type of notebook or drawing pad you prefer? Or does any scrap of decent-sized paper work in a pinch?

I use a paper with a light texture, which is meant for drawing and watercolour.

Do you ever do any kind of post-processing (like adding color in Photoshop or similar tool) to your drawings?

Yes, I usually colour my illustrations digitally.

Have you ever tried a new pen (or paper, etc) from reading about it, or seeing the results in another artist's work?

I think mostly I try new things because I see them in the shop.

Do you have anything you use out of the ordinary for making your art?

I don't think so.


I asked about post-processing on a computer, but do you think the computer is a helpful tool for making art? Whether it's looking for inspiration online, or using it to build a weblog to promote yourself and your art, do you think a computer is necessary, helpful, or a distraction (or all of the above)?

I love the computer and the internet. Without it, I couldn't work in the way I do. I'm sure I could create my art without a computer, but it's become so essential for communication, sending work, making contacts, research / reference material, promotion etc.

Of course it can be distracting, but I think I'm quite lucky that once I work I find it easy to focus completely.

Thanks Anke!

You can find Anke Weckmann online at her portfolio website, her weblog, Flickr (miss linotte), on Twitter (@Linotte), and her art and crafts are available to purchase online at her Etsy shop.

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