Essential Art Supplies

Essential Art Supplies you can’t do without!

Have you ever wondered what tools I use to create my artwork? Guess no more! Here’s an essential art supplies list ranging from sketchbooks to copic markers and coloured pencils that are my absolute favourites to use (along with convenient links of where to find them).

I’ll be constantly adding and revising this list as I go, so feel free to check back in to see any new additions. Contact me for more information if I haven’t listed a medium I use that you want to know more about. Happy reading!


I tend to buy Moleskin Set of 3 Plain Cahier Journals (Kraft Covers). I feel like they are the the most bang for your buck and super easily to take with you on the go.

However I must stress that I use these FOR SKETCHING ONLY (i.e.: no watercolour, inking, etc) as the paper in these books are far too thin for that!

TIP: Use a bit of hairspray on your completed drawings to make sure your pencil/charcoal sketches don’t smudge. Spray lightly to avoid soaking the paper and destroying your work!
Essential Art Supplies Moleskin Sketchbook
Snapshot of my Moleskin Sketchbook


Essential Art Supplies that I just can’t live without are my copic markers. Before this I used oil paints and photoshop (digital illustration). Copic markers are ridiculously easy to use and fantastic products to Learn How To Colour.

Anime Skin

I use these colours for my Chibi drawings:

  • E0000 – Floral White (Base)
  • E00 – Cotton Pearl (Blending)
  • E02 – Fruit Pink (Medium Shadows)
  • E11 – Barley Beige (Shadows)
  • E33 – Sand (Shadows)
  • R20 – Blush
Chibi Ren Merfish
Chibi Ren Illustration using my Anime Skin Copic Marker Set

Realistic Coloured Skin

And these are for rendering more realistic drawings:

  • E50 – Egg Shell (Base)
  • E0000 – Floral White (Blending)
  • R0000 – Pink Beryl (Blending)
  • R00 – Pinkish White (Blush, Around Eyes)
  • R11 – Pale Cherry Pink (Lips)
  • RV00 – Water Lily (Lips)
  • RV14 – Begonia Pink (Lips)
  • BG0000 – Snow Green (Shadow/Lower Face)
  • BG000 – Pale Aqua (Shadow/Lower Face)
  • E33 – Sand (Darker Skin Areas, i.e.: Eyelids)
  • E15 – Dark Suntan (Around Eyes)
  • W1 – Warm Grey No.1 (Shadow)
Princess Leia Illustration Progress
Illustration of Princess Leia using my Realistic Copic Marker Set


I’ve found Prismacolor Premier Coloured Soft Core Pencils (72 Pack) the most comfortable and easy to blend.

Masked Girl Illustration
Masked Girl artwork created with Prismacolour Coloured Pencils


I know I have this under my Essential Art Supplies List, but it *kind of* fits? I use Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter for all my illustrative painterly work. For vector (chibi) artwork I use Adobe Illustrator.

I know what you really want – my basic digital colour palette! Obviously this would change constantly depending upon the mood (colour theme) of the drawing. Here’s the base colours I tend to use the most:

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