The Tools Artists Use

Luciano Lozano

Posted on March 19, 2010 | Comments

Luciano Lozano is a graphic artist and illustrator living in Barcelona, Spain.


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

Well, It's hard to say. I used to work mainly with a black marker and then scan it and work on the computer. But lately I'm using more and more black pencil and sometimes acrylics. I still use a lot the computer, which I think is a great tool. I always draw by hand.

I only have been an illustrator for 3 years so I consider I'm still learning and experimenting. I don't know yet whether this is going to be like that always. I'll tell you again in a couple of years.

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

I'm quite extremist. And normally I like to go from something to its opposite, so if I do a computer drawing, I tend to be doing something with acrylic. But of course It depends on the project. Newspaper illustration normally is more simple and more graphic.

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

I like black, and few colours within an illustration.

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

Either acrylic or computer. I love a simple black pencil.

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?

I prefer a full set, although I don't tend to use many colours.

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 like Muji notebooks. Any of them.


If you paint, is there any particular type of canvas you prefer? Do you like to paint on wood or any other materials?

I like canvas. Although I've just started.

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

With illustrations almost always. With paintings on canvas I leave them as they are.

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

Not really. Maybe the way it's used.

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

Not that I can recall.

If you create purely-digital art, what are the software programs you use? Is one used more than another?

I always use Photoshop. I think Illustrator is a great program but I've never used it for that yet.

If you work both digitally and non-digitally, which do you find yourself doing more? Is there a reason you would prefer one of the other? Is it because of the tools available in either space?

Digital normally. It allows you to change quicker and test whether It works before changing the layout, and if there are any changes from the client, It's easier to change them.


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 think it's totally necessary. The main point is to use it as a tool and not the final objective. That's what I think. That's why I always draw by hand. I like that the computer has this human touch that is so personal and make your work more unique. To look for inspiration and reference is great too. Before making an illustration I need to have a lot of references, and now this is really simple with Google. If you need to see how a van looks like you can do it like that and It saves you a lot of time. Also to promote your work is very helpul. Most people I work with I've never seen. I only know them in the digital world.

Thanks Luciano!

You can find Luciano Lozano online at his website/weblog and on Flickr.

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