Recourses for traditional illustration //

Resources for traditional illustration

As much as I love digital illustration, there is no better feeling than creating something on paper and experience how the materials interact with each other. So, in this post I want to share my resources for traditional illustration.



For paintings and illustrations where I am planning to use lots of watercolor the best paper is quality aquarelle paper. Especially the watercolor paper by Hahnemühle belongs to my essential materials. For test illustrations or color testing I also use watercolor paper by Malzeit. In addition to watercolor paper I use illustration paper by Bristol for illustrations made with little watercolor, markers or colored pencils. To sketch or train calligraphy I also use the Moleskine Art notebooks.


Probably the most important investment is a set of high quality brushes. All my brushes are Da Vinci watercolor brushes in different sizes also real hair and synthetic. They are quite expensive but it definitely pays! Already in my shopping cart is a watertank brush by Pentel.

Pens & Nibs

Drawing and writing with nibs and penholders are one of the most amazing parts of illustrating. For a rough look and feel I use bamboo pens which are very inexpensive. If you want to use nibs for penholders, there are so many different ones, you just have to try which one you like most. For calligraphy I like the Gillot 170 nibs, as they are very flexible.

Markers & Pencils

Sketching is an important part and I only use Faber Castell pencils and mechanical pencils. Also my colored pencils are Faber Castel (Art Grip Aquarelle). For fashion illustrations there is nothing better than using markers. I usually use Copic Sketch markers. They are available in over 350 colors and shades.

Watercolors & Inks

For aquarelle paintings I use Schmincke Akademie Watercolor set and Schmincke Aerocolor Airbrush colors. All of my inks are by Rohrer & Klingner. I use normal black writing ink and black drawing ink. My favorite inks by Rohrer & Klinger are their antique drawing inks. The colors are absolutely to die for!

Art Supply Shops

I like shopping at local shops. Each one is special and the staff is usually very friendly and helpful. I recently discovered that the paint shop (Farben Klotz) in our neighborhood has an entire second floor with art supplies. They have paper and sketch books and a huge number of vintage pen nibs! There is also Schachinger in Munich and they sell art supplies since 1877! They have been the official purveyor to the royal Bavarian court. It gives you such a special feeling to shop in there! So my recommendation is to google for local art supply shops first. Some bigger art supply chains also have local stores like Boesner and Gerstaecker in Germany.

There are some supplies though you can’t find in local shops. I occasionally shop at Kunstpark for general art supplies, Kallipos for nibs and Coliro for their amazing pearl colors.

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