The Tools Artists Use

About the Site

The Tools Artists Use is run by Bill Turner.

A couple of years ago I came across the site Comic Tools where the weblog author would ask various comic artists about what kind of tools they used to create their artwork and comics. I found this fascinating, being a bit of a pen and notebook nerd myself, and was disappointed when the interviews of artists stopped.

An Illustrated Life
An Illustrated Life
Edited by Danny Gregory
Fast forward to December of 2008 and I picked up the book An Illustrated Life where the same types of questions were being asked of artists of all kinds. Although almost all the art in the book was focused on the notebooks of the artists featured, it showed me how many ways an artist can express themselves with a wide variety of tools.

With the Comic Tools weblog now focusing more on comic art tutorials, I felt that a site focusing on what's used in creating art was missing. Plus, I want to include artists of all kinds and not just comic artists. I'm always curious what types of pens or paints or paper that other artists are using to create their art. Whether the artist is a self-taught notebook doodler or a RISD-trained professional illustrator, the process of creating art fascinates me.

Oh, and me? I mainly draw in my Moleskine sketchbooks with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, or my Lamy Safari (extra-fine nib). :-)