The Tools Artists Use

Steve Scott

Posted on April 02, 2013 | Comments

Steve Scott is an animation director and illustrator based in London.

Sushi Train, by Steve Scott

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

Well my favourite drawing tool is probably my computer attached to a Wacom tablet. I love the flexibility of Photoshop and Illustrator and its ability to surprise me. I love being able to grade and colour a drawing in Photoshop. The ability to try out different colourways fast and simply.

I also have sketchbooks littered around the house and tend to use either a brush pen or a clutch pencil to doodle away on, scribble ideas and draw people off the telly.

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

I usually scribble an idea into a sketchbook, before re-drawing in Photoshop.

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

The Visitor, by Steve Scott

I'm a great believer in whatever is around. So I usually buy cheap sketchbooks. I feel less hung up about making marks if it's cheap paper. As long as it doesn't bleed when some ink hits it I'm fine.

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

I use mainly Photoshop these days. I used to use Illustrator exclusively, but over the last few years I've got bored with it. It just started to feel a bit tedious creating an image. I much prefer Photoshop for its ease of use and its directness. But they both have their uses and it really depends on what the image requires. I tend to have a batch of brushes I use over and over again. I'm also intrigued by Manga Studio. I tried a demo of this last year and it has a beautiful brush line.

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)?

Are We There Yet?, by Steve Scott

I think the computer is incredibly useful. Great for showing work, and making contacts across the world. I've had emails from all over the world from clients and people who just like the work. It's obviously a great research tool. So if I need to draw an iguana, I know where to get my references from! I think in terms of dealing with clients it's essential. Being able to quickly update and react to demands or even, as I did last night, a midnight Skype call from a client in Australia while I was in my pyjamas!

Thanks Steve!

You can find Steve Scott online at his portfolio site, on his blog, on Twitter (@SteveScott2000), and some prints of his work can be bought in his online store.

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