The Tools Artists Use

Tiffany Bozic

Posted on December 30, 2013 | Comments

Tiffany Bozic is a self-taught artist currently living and working in Marin, CA.

Painting by Tiffany Bozic

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

I tend to gravitate towards the itty-bitty so I love my automatic pencils.

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

I enjoy acrylic paint the most. When I'm travelling I bring my watercolor travel set along although mostly I do not paint or draw outside my studio. When outdoors I mostly shoot photos to capture things that interest me to later inform my paintings.

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 Liquitex and Golden High Flow acrylic paint. I also love my Sakura Koi pocket field watercolor boxes. You can find them on Amazon for about $20.

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 love Moleskine watercolor notebooks for when I'm traveling. When I am in the studio I draw on anything.

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

Most often I paint on maple wood panel.

Painting by Tiffany Bozic

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


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

Over the years I have established a routine that works for me so I'm not paying too much attention to new tools like I probably should. I admire my friend Isabella who is always coming up with new creative approaches. She saves her cat's whiskers and makes them into tiny brushes! They actually work really well for painting long thin lines.

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

I use my hands. Is that out of the ordinary?

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?

Sometimes I bring my photos into Photoshop to play around with composition before I transfer the image onto wood. I can't say I enjoy working on the computer too much but it can be useful.

Painting by Tiffany Bozic

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 computers are amazing! Sometimes when I travel to places that are off the grid for a couple of months I miss the ability to research online. That said, I think it is easy to get distracted by emails and such so it's important for me to stick to a schedule and only allot myself a small window of time every few days.

Thanks Tiffany!

You can find Tiffany Bozic online at her portfolio site and on her weblog.

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