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[Tutorials] Tools of the Trade

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Hey gang!

After a few requests from our readers for tutorials, I'd like to kick start our series with some of the very basics!

Some of you may also remember our previous tutorials:
Part I
Part II
Part III

This new series will have a lot of updated information as things have changed and streamlined since then!

Traditional Tools o' the Trade
These are my traditional tools of the trade!

Since Chapter 17, I moved from working on bristol board (as mentioned in our previous tutorials) to 8.5" x 14" legal-sized printer paper. Aside from being cheaper, I could also print my templates directly to paper to save me the step of drawing it by hand. By virtue of it being cheaper paper in general, I don't worry about making mistakes. It's also easier to scan and piece together!

Although I have a Cintiq and do most of my work in Photoshop, I still prefer having everything laid out on paper. This keeps my proportions and composition in check.

1) Sanford Col-Erase Pencil: Light Blue #20512-5020
- I have TONS of these pencils on hand. In fact, I buy them in the dozen because I go through them quickly. They are dark enough for me to see when I work, but light enough that I can easily draw over them. Because I scan my work and adjust in Photoshop, by making adjustments I can drop out my blue with minimal work. (I'll detail that step in a later tutorial!) I prefer these over the Non-Repro/Non-Photos blues - use those only if you are planning to use a photocopy machine.

2) Sanford Turquoise Lead Holder
- Technical drafters and architects might recognize these turquoise barreled, mechanical pencils. They hold lead like a mechanical pencil, but the lead is thick and requires sharpening (which is what the special, blue barreled sharpener is for.) The lead refills come in packs of 12. I have HB lead in one and 2B lead in the other.
Depending on my mood, I switch between these lead holders and mechanical pencils with 2B lead. I still prefer wood pencils, but I sharpen my pencils so much, I get shavings all over the place.

3) Tombow Mono Eraser
- Hands down, my favorite eraser brand! They're soft and erase away pencil marks easily.

4) Pencil Sharpeners
- I prefer ones made of metal versus plastic, but I like this particular brand because they click to different point sizes. :D I purchased mine at a local Japanese stationary shop.

5) Design Kneaded Rubber Eraser

- I've recently started using these again as of late to help clean up my work. Many art students might recognize these erasers. They feel like putty, but do a great job at cleaning lead and graphite without the scrubbing. When the eraser gets dirty from use, just knead the eraser to clean! One lasts a very long time.

...and that's the basics! It doesn't always take fancy and expensive tools to get started! In my later entries, I'll be detailing my work process! Stay tuned!

Full disclosure: The links provided in this entry lead to online shops that I both use to buy my tools and love to shop at. Purchasing items from these shops through our links in turn helps nemu*nemu! Happy shopping!

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