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Isn’t it wonderful to be related to art and to be able to put life into pictures? No, it’s not interesting. It’s fascinating! A cartoonist makes comics books, sketches for storybooks, and designs cartoon characters for movies and plays.

But would it be possible without being equipped with the best drawing tools? Definitely not. Just like every warrior needs his weapons to win wars, every cartoonist needs the right art supplies to make art.

Speaking of art supplies, here’s a list of some of the most essential art supplies every cartoonist must have to bring his, or her, art to life!

 

Drawing Paper

A drawing paper is to a cartoonist what a playground is to a footballer. It’s where his ideas come to life. Papers come in various qualities, sizes, and shapes.

Not only can you find them as loose separate sheets but they’re also available as sketchbooks.

 

If you have the habit of drawing on an easel, you may require large sheets otherwise, sketchbooks are more handy and manageable. There are various types of papers specified for various kinds of arts.

 

The most popular kind of paper among cartoonists is the Bristol paper. It’s available in two types; one is pretty smooth while the other is a little rough.

The smooth one is ideal for working with pens and paints while the rougher one is more suited to being held with a firmer grip as you work with a pencil.

 

Pens

Have you succeeded in creating what you intended? Are you looking for something to make it permanent and give it a final touch? Do it with a pen.

There are various types of artistic pens used by cartoonists, such as refillables, brush pens, fine-nib pens, fountain pens, and many others.

 

You can choose any one of these depending on the type of art you are pursuing. Inking the outline of a sketch requires fine and thinner nibs but, if you want to fill the spaces, or create shadows and other inner structures, you may want to go with a broader nib pen.

 

Brushes

Filling colors in your drawings and sketches is vital to bringing them to life and narrating the story you’ve had in mind all this time. Choosing the right brush is like choosing the right weapon before going on a battle.

 

Would you want to choose the wrong weapon and risk your life? I don’t think so, so choose wisely. There are various types of brushes available in the market; each with its unique features and purpose.

Some of the most popular brushes are round, flat, bright, Filbert, Fan, Angled, Mop, and Rigger brushes, etc.

 

Books

It is always a wise choice to do proper research before you begin doing something and being a cartoonist is no exception.

Therefore, if you are new to the world of art and have recently developed this passion for drawing and sketching, you might want to look at previously made masterpieces by experts.

 

Especially if you are aiming to choose sketching as a profession, pieces of art from well-known artists can be great for understanding various concepts and forms of art.

Comics books can help you get on the path to formulating your own stories using fictional characters. So, don’t feel shy and get yourself equipped with these books.

 

Ink

The market is flooded with various types of inks and it often becomes difficult to choose the right one. Your choice of ink is mainly dependent on the type of pen you are using.

For instance, refillable pens often use cartridges whereas various artists prefer natural style permanent inks.

 

Conclusion

If you are a beginner in drawing and sketching, always start with pencils and then proceed towards making it permanent.

For sketches, we prefer a bit of rough paper to give your pencil a tight grip, but if your main concern is filling it up with paints, it's okay to be inclined towards smooth sheets.

Make sure you go through sketchbooks and drawing guides to have a better understanding of what you are doing. So, go ahead and get yourself equipped with all the necessary art supplies before you start working on your masterpiece. Happy sketching!

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