There are a lot of new art supplies that I've tried and loved over the past year that I just wanted to share!
•Copic markers. I was getting bored of my color pencil illustrations, and I got turned on to Copics from various artists on youtube. Since they are so expensive, I only started out with a few, and I currently only have about 10 of them, but I love these markers! I like how they have their Ciao line, which are cheaper, smaller, and great for beginners! I prefer their 'sketch' markers because one of the sides is a brush, as opposed to their 'original', which doesnt have the brush option. I'm still experimenting with them, and want to get a ton more colors, so I will be talking about Copics a lot more in future posts.
•Sharpie Pen When I first started using copics, I was having a problem with my pens bleeding into my markers, and mostly when I used the pens first and put the copic on top. After trying several brands, I found that these Sharpie pens didn't bleed! There are still a bunch more brands I want to try out, but for now I'm sticking to these whenever I use my Copics!
•Staedtlet Triplus Fineliner pen. These pens are awesome! Not so good to use with Copics, as they tend to bleed, but these are awesome for pen drawings, or if your using color pencils. This is my go-to pen for when I'm not using Copics.
•Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen. These are awesome to use as a highlighter when working with either Copics, or color pencils. They take a minute or two to dry, but def worth it for their effect!
•Crescent Rendr sketchbook. When bought my first few Copic markers, I also bought this because it had awesome reviews. I love this sketchbook! It's no show thru technology allows you to use every single page! Now I've only used markers in the book so far, so I cant say whether or not it works with other media, but it really does live up to it's standards, and I will continue to repurchase this for when I'm using markers! The only thing I have to say about this book is that is claims to have a 'lay flat' binding which eliminates the 'bump' you get in most sketchbooks when you try to use both pages, however it doesn't lay flat, and I still get that 'bump'. However for me this is a minor inconvenience that wouldn't stop me from purchasing again in the future.
This is all for now. I'm currently in the process of trying out some new products that I will share in a future post!