The Tools Artists Use

Miguel Co

Posted on April 12, 2013 | Comments

Miguel Co is an illustrator based in Philadelphia, PA.

Kait, by Miguel Co

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

Graphite is my all-time fave. I currently use a Sumo Grip (.9) mechanical pencil because it doesn't break on me every 2 minutes. I also recently acquired a Cintiq, which is extremely helpful for sketches.

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

I use Photoshop to color my drawings for several reasons:

  1. I love drawing with graphite pencils, and I don't like painting over top of them because they will always be gray.
  2. It's easier to make value decisions and color adjustments.
  3. It's cheaper, cleaner, faster
  4. I'm a horrible painter

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

A Time to Rest, by Miguel Co

I tend to mix things up. Sometimes I like to draw on clean, smooth paper, sometimes the more folds it has, the better. I do love me some toothy papers though.

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?

I used to draw more before I colored, mostly because I've been drawing with graphite all my life, and only using digital for several years. Now that I'm a little better, I end up doing more on Photoshop. It is doubtful that I'll go purely digital anytime soon.

Thanks Miguel!

You can find Miguel Co online at his portfolio website, on his Tumblr blog, on Twitter (@MiguelCoStudio), and prints of his work can be bought on his Society6 page.

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