Thursday, August 22, 2019

Making Comics and Intermediate Comic Classes Fall 2019

I'm so excited to offer TWO comic classes in Nashville this Fall!  Both are six week classes designed to help comic artists learn new skills and make a finished, printed, and assembled minicomic or zine to exchange at the end of the six week class.  

Making Comics is an introductory level comics-craft class great for anyone 13 and up that teaches the basics of planning and creating a comic.  This class is great for those interested in making their first comic, or interested in continuing their comics journey in a class setting.

Intermediate Comics builds on concepts and skills taught in Making Comics and covers additional topics such as adding color or tone to your comic pages, scanning and digitally correcting your pages, laying out your comic, and printing your comics.  In Intermediate Comics, I'll provide students with class tech access including a limited number of tablet computers, access to a large format printer, and scanner access.

Sign up for Making Comics
Sign up for Intermediate Comics

While students are requested to bring their own sketchbooks and invited to bring materials they'd like to experiment with, Nashville Community Education and myself provide all needed materials, and I work with students on a one on one basis in class and online to help them accomplish their comic goals.

Classes are open to anyone 16 and up to take on their own, or for 13 year olds to take with a parent.  This could be a great class to take with a friend, a family member, or your partner!

Both classes have open enrollment right now, and Nashville Community Ed offers scholarships!

Making Comics
Students will learn how to plot, plan, and prep an eight page mini comic, on the topic of their choice. Learn how to make daily journal comics, create recipe comics, or tell a short story in this immersive class. No drawing skills necessary - artists of all skill levels are welcome. Materials are provided. A final class on March 7 will meet at Wake Up Comics inside Groove Record Store for a comics and zine exchange! 
Note: Open to ages 16+ (no parent necessary) or ages 13+ if a parent registers as well! 
Check out the syllabus for this class here
Sign up for Making Comics

Brand New!
Intermediate Comics
Interested in taking your comic-making experience to the next level?  Intermediate Comics expands on concepts taught in Making Comics, and provides materials that more experienced students will enjoy. Students will develop or hone their own comic art style, experiment with digital art processes, alcohol markers, and watercolor, learn how to letter and layout their comics, and have access to a large format printer and scanner during this class. Class ends with a joint zine/minicomic exchange shared with the Making Comics class.
Intermediate Comics is for artists who have already taken Making Comics, or comic artists looking to expand their experience.

Check out the syllabus for this class here!
Sign up for Intermediate Comics

Learn more about my Nashville Community Ed classes!

The Zine Exchange

The above video was shot at our Zine Exchange, held at The Groove in East Nashville, after class officially ended.  NCE Fall 2019's Zine Exchange is still in negotiation, but I will announce a location soon!  The zine exchange is an opportunity for students to exchange their finished zines and minicomics and celebrate six weeks of hard work with friends and family!  Open to the public, food and non-alcoholic drinks are provided!

Zines and Minis Made by Making Comics Students

For Making Comics, layout and printing are handled by me, zines and minis are assembled by students in class.  For Intermediate Comics, I teach students how to layout their own zines, and we spend time in class printing and assembling copies.  Any zines/minicomics that are not finished in class are finished by me, so all students with a complete zine or minicomic will have something for the exchange.  Students don't need to worry about printing or printing costs-this is covered by the class fee.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Kara in the Bromeliads

Saturday, I finished this watercolor illustration of Kara, lost among the bromeliads.  It'd been sitting on my drying rack, first as bluelines, then as pencils, for at least a couple of months, along with the rest of the huge stack of half-finished art that's been piling up.  

During the day, I've been working on Naomi's bonus chapter for 7" Kara Volume 2 and using my evenings to wind down and paint.  At first, it was used specifically for Volume 2 materials- the cover, title page, page border illustrations, cast of characters page.  I decided to sneak this one and her sister piece (Kara in elephant ears) into the mix.  I have no book-specific use for them yet, but I wanted to paint something a little different in the evening.

HB Pencil
Mix of watercolors- Winsor and Newton, Daniel Smith, Mijello, Holbein, Sennlier
Mix of watercolor pencils- Derwent Inktense, Supracolor II

The sketch was a doodle to keep my hands busy while I was in Luling during Christmas.  Internet is poor there, and the lighting is bad as well, so it's a great opportunity to do digital work.  A lot of my Kara illustrations fall into the same trends- close up, lost sense of scale, limited background, upbeat.  I wanted to do a few illustrations that changed that and gave me more material to play with when promoting 7" Kara. 

watercolor illustration, watercolor art, kidlit art

This isn't my favorite piece by far.  It's overworked- the bromeliads are way too dark, I lost a lot of the freshness it originally had.  The bromeliads are also too rendered and tight- they feel stiff and formal.  This piece isn't fun, it isn't lively, and while it does convey a feeling of being lost, the stakes are lost.  I struggled with the paper as well- I used Blick Premier cottonrag paper, removed from the block to run through my printer, and for some reason, it handled really poorly this time.

But none of that actually matters-not really.  In three months, these flaws won't really stand out to me, and while it will probably never be my favorite piece, it's passable and serves a purpose.  Sometimes you need art you can share while you're in the middle of a new comic chapter.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

God Save the Zine!

10 years of Zines and Minicomics

What are Zines?

  • Small, self published, often self printed, generally self assembled booklets.
  • Zines (zeens, not z-eye-ns, short for magazine) can be just text, text with a few illustrations, illustrations with a little text, just illustrations, comics, or a combination of all the above. 
  • Zines can be personal, political, recipes, how-to's, essays, short fiction, poetry, comics, or all of the above.
  • Zines can be the work of a single person, the contributions of a collection

Recently the term 'zine' has been co-opted to mean fandom based anthologies with multiple artists, Kickstarted and printed in a perfect bound format.  The term 'doujin' is really more fitting for that sort of project, as zines are really more of a small scale, DIY project that anyone can tackle, and is intended to be a product of the masses, for the masses.

Who are they for?

Anyone.  There are all sorts of zines, on all sorts of topics- if you search hard enough, you will find a zine that appeals to you.  And if you can't find one- you can MAKE one.  Zines can be for stay at home dads looking for easy recipes on a budget.  Zines can be for rugged outsdoorswomen who want to share their knowledge of field medicine and foraging.  Zines can share political beliefs, or the history of a particular cause.  Zines can be a how to guide for kids looking to start making their own zines, or a manifesto on the importance of voting for 20 somethings who can't get off from work on Election Day.

Who makes zines?

Anyone can make a zine- that's the beauty!  If you've got recipes you want to share, a trip you'd like to memorialize, a political viewpoint you want to disseminate, knowledge that should be preserved, short stories that need a home, mini comics that you'd like to see in print- you've got content for a zine!

What's in a zine?

While there are a variety of ways to manufacture your own zines, my favorite method is the simplest- 8"x11" sheets of paper, folded in half to make 5.5"x8" booklets.


Japanese mulberry paper cover, with block printed text, stab binding

I like to use a heavier stock for my covers- usually cardstock, but you can use almost anything- modpodged cutouts and ephemera, handmade paper, fancy scrapbooking paper, a carefully designed and printed cover- it's up to you!

You can even screenprint, risograph, or block print your covers!


One sheet of paper will generate four pages of zine.  If you wanted to print and bind an eight page comic with a wraparound cover, that's three sheets of paper.


Again, this could be almost anything.  Can't draw, but want to include art?  How about collage?  Prefer to work digitally?  Not a problem at all.  The focus on zines isn't the most polished content- it's getting the content out there, in a way that's sustainable and affordable for the creator.

This can be in black and white, color, or a combination of the two, but keep in mind that color greatly increases the price to print.

Personalization and Decoration:

Ideas to get you started:
  • Travelogue zine/minicomic that includes ticket stubs, photos from places you've visited, sketches, and journal entries.
  • Inktober illustrations collected into a themed zine
  • Mermay, Magical Girl March, March of the Robots, World Watercolor Month themed zines
  • A how to zine for a craft or hobby you enjoy (sewing, fencing, foraging)
  • A collection of family recipes to pass on to the next generation
  • Information about self care such as useful stretches for artists

How do you make zines?


You're going to want to design around the format of your page.  For our example, we're still talking about the 8"x5.5" booklet.

If you're working digitally, you can either design individual pages (8" tall by 5.5" wide) or you can design as spreads (8" tall by 11" wide).  If you're working traditionally, it can be really helpful to work on pages that are the same size as your finished book, or that work along the same ratio.


If you work digitally, your zine is already digitized!  If you work traditionally, you have a few options:

Home scanner- scanning your pages at home

Don't have a scanner?
Bring to the library and request that they scan it for you

Bring to a copy shop, pay them to scan your pages

Take photos of your pages/graphics using a smart phone- aim for clear lighting with no cast shadows- natural light outside works well!


You CAN collate zines by hand, but I prefer to use Adobe InDesign or Affinity Publisher to help with collating and printing.  I have a tutorial on laying out zines and minis using Affinity Publisher here!


Many artists print their zines at copy machines or copy shops such as Staples or Kinkos.  I hate waiting around Staples for three hours, so I purchased an inexpensive duplexing toner based printer to print minicomics at home.

Helpful Materials:
Cardstock (white)
Cardstock (Colored)
Copier Paper
Kraft Paper 




Saddle Stitch

Assembling minis using a longarm stapler in my Making Comics class 

Longarm Stapler
Saddle Stitch Stapler

What to do with zines?

Selling Minicomics and Zines at A2CAF 2019

Sell them
Indie comic cons
Library conventions
Anime cons
On Consignment
Online- physical copies
Online- PDF copies
Sell on consignment through record stores, local bookstores, gift shops, boutiques

If you have questions about selling zines and mini comics, check out How to be a Con Artist!

Zine exchange for Making Comics, Spring 2019

Give them Away
Give them to friends
Give them to family
Hand them out to strangers
Put them in Little Libraries
Host a zine exchange- in person or by mail

Leave them places
Dentist Offices'
Hair Salons
Dr's Offices
Bowling Alleys

Recommended Materials to Get Started:

Copy Paper
Colored Cardstock
Bone Folder
Long Arm Stapler

Useful Resources:
Laying Out Your Minicomics and Zines
Sea Lemon- Bookbinding
How to Make Your own Minicomics
Zines are Power-Twitter Thread
Cool Minicomic Format
Analog Self Publishing

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fun in Breaking Format

Don't adjust your picture- the image you see is correct (unless it's broken up into weird pieces, then no, it's not).  This strange format was inspired by an equally odd sample of Grumbacher watercolor paper I received in an Artsnacks.

The paper itself is pretty mediocre- soapy the same way Winsor and Newton's first watercolor paper was, probably too much surface sizing.  I used Da Vinci watercolors on it- these are some of my favorite professional watercolors- and even they look a bit amateur on the paper, as they never actually soaked in.  But this isn't about the paper, it's about the format, and how much I enjoyed playing with an unusual aspect ratio.

Shaking things up and changing format and ratio can be inspiring!  By working on an inexpensive sample, it gave me a chance to doodle and play- important hobbies for an artist.

What do YOU do to add inspiration and innovation to your artistic routine?

For the curious, there's even a tutorial for this piece on my channel, where I walk you through it step by step.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Strathmore Illustration Board and Watercolor

Watercolor on Strathmore Illustration Board

Generally, when I do watercolor illustration, I go for watercolor paper.  I use both cellulose and cottonrag, and my tastes are pretty cheap- I like Canson Montval for most Kara pages, but will burn through cotton rag for unbox and swatches and field tests.  I also like mixed media paper, particularly if I'm using alcohol markers with my watercolors, and I really enjoy using it for inking.  Up until this test, I'd never afforded myself the opportunity to try illustration board.

Illustration board is a heavyweight art board and is often comprised of two elements, usually a drawing, mixed media, or watercolor paper attached to a thicker board, sometimes chipboard.  Its intended to be structurally sound enough to not require stretching or futher support.  Strathmore Illustration board comes in several different types, all within their 500 series range- Lightweight Vellum, Heavyweight Vellum, Heavyweight plate, and Heavy Weight Vellum (for wet media).  All of their illustration boards use cotton fiber mounted to archival boards in varying thicknesses.

While I generally love Strathmore papers (particularly their bristol boards and their toned papers, but I also really enjoy their mixed media Visual Journals and mixed media papers), I avoid using it for layered, detailed watercolor art.

This piece originally started as a much larger sheet of Strathmore Illustration board, which the kind folks at Jerry's Artarama here in Nashville cut down for me.  I went for 12"x9" as the main cut, as that and 8"x10" are the sizes I use most frequently.  I honestly can't remember which type of illustration board I went for- I assume I weight for heavyweight vellum for dry media, as the texture on this paper isn't really suitable for watercolor.

Originally, I was going to treat this as mixed media- Copic markers and watercolor, but I wanted to do something with soft blends for the clover.  I may do another piece using alcohol markers to see how well they handle on this paper.

If you like soft blends and transitions, Strathmore Dry Media illustration boards are not for you.  As you can see from the 'gradient' in the sky- I had difficulty getting smooth transitions between shades and colors.  I didn't really struggle much with this paper, beyond the inability to blend out as desired.  It accepted the watercolor decently well, I had no issues with buckling, and the paper itself did not pill.  Colors went down bright and saturated and it was easy to ink on.

Looking for something that accepts watercolor?  Awhile back, I reviewed Canson's Montval Artboard!  Possible follo

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Saturday in Nashville

This Saturday morning, I'm going to be repping comics down at the Cohn School as part of Nashville Community Education's Open House!  This event is free to the public, and is a perfect way to meet some of NCE's instructors and get a feel for their classes.  Some instructors will also have things for sale- I'm going to have comics, minis, and my brand new charms!

I'm going to have a standalone announcement soon, but this Fall, I'm offering two classes with NCE:

Making Comics
Intermediate Comics

Making Comics is a six week long introduction to planning and creating your own comic.  Intermediate Comics builds on that, and covers topics we weren't able to cover in Making Comics- figure drawing for comics, options for adding color, scanning and digitizing your work, lettering, and even layout!

Come learn about both these classes, and pick up a class by class breakdown, at the Open House!

After the Open House, I'll be at Plaza Artist Materials, teaching a three hour comic bootcamp!  We're going to learn about planning a comic, the basic process, and how to turn one sheet of paper into an eight page minicomic! 

We're going to provide the materials, but you're welcome to bring your own favorite comic making supplies!

Monday, July 15, 2019

My Favorite Drawing Tutorials

Here's a selection of some of my favorite drawing and art tutorials from my Youtube channel.  These have been carefully curated to further explore topics covered in my From Stick to Figure and Manga Madness classes at the St Charles Parish Public Library.  These are a great place to start if you're interested in learning how to draw your own comics, or are looking for great art tutorials.

Constructive Drawing/Drawing Basics

Think In 3D: Volumetric Drawing
Building a Figure Using Constructive Anatomy

Basic Figure Drawing/Figure Construction

Constructive Anatomy Demonstration
Sketching Silhouettes- Capturing Gesture and Movement
Constructive Figure Drawing Tutorial

Drawing Manga Faces/Cartoon Faces

Making Faces- Easy Drawing Tutorial
Drawing Fun Cartoon Faces: Expression Tutorial
Drawing Chibi Faces in Multiple Styles
Draw a Face Three Ways
Cartoon Face Turnaround Demonstration

Intermediate Figure Drawing/Figure Studies

Figure Drawing From Reference- Multiple Figures
QuickPoses One Month Figure Drawing Challenge
Figure Drawing for Comics
Drawing and Inking Workshop
Drawing a Head from Different Views- 360 Head Turnaround

Drawing Characters for Comics

Drawing Cartoony Figures
Figure Construction: How to Draw Cartoony Characters
Constructing a Figure- Child
Constructing a Figure- Woman
Constructing a Figure- Man
Chibi Drawing Using Figure Construction

Perspective and Environments

One Point Perspective: Improvement Hell
Intro to Comic Craft: You Need Perspective
Improvement Hell Challenge 2 Point Perspective

Comic Creation

Let's Make a Comic Concept to Scripting to Thumbnails to Roughs
Intro to Comic Craft: Thumbnailing Your Comic
Hourly Comic Day Demonstrations
Character Design in Colored Leads
Generating Thumbnails for Illustration
Intro to Comic Craft: Costume Design

Character Design

Character Design Walkthrough
A Little Princess- Character Design Prompt
Steampunk Maid Character Design Walkthrough
Night Terrors: Character Design Prompt
Lonely Kittens ?!: Character Design Prompt
Operatic Vampires- Character Generator Challenge
Don't Shoot the Messenger- Character Design Challenge
An Orange Flower in Fair Hair- Character Design Challenge
Anne of Green Gables- Cartoon Face Walkthrough

If you've enjoyed these videos, make sure you subscribe to my channel- I update at least twice a week, and I always have something neat to show or share!

Materials for Teaching Comics Classes

These are my preferred materials for teaching comic classes, and I think it serves as a great starting point for schools or libraries that want to offer comic programs.

If you enjoyed this post, found it helpful as a resource, and would like me to continue making content like this, head on over to Patreon and join the Artnerd community, supporting me in work like this!

Per Student

  • Pencils- I prefer mechanical pencils as we can switch out the leads- two per student
  • Non photo blue lead (can be wooden pencils, Col-erase,clutch pencil leads, mechanical pencil leads)
  • Graphite Pencils- HB, B (same as above)

Communal Must Have

  • Bristol board (11x17) or inexpensive watercolor paper (like Canson XL Watercolor) (students generally use about 8 pages from a 15 page pack)
  • 2 reams of printer paper (useful for printing class handouts, class materials templates, thumbnails, and roughs)
  • 1 Bottle of sumi ink 
  • 1 per student- Fine Line Pens- .5 and .8
  • Brushpens-1 per student- I'm a fan of the Sakura Pigma Professional 3 packs
  • 1 Jar Dr PH Martin's Bleedproof White ink
  • White vinyl erasers
  • Rulers
  • Nibs- Crowquill, G-Nibs, Spoon nibs
  • Nib holders

Classroom Requirements:

  • Projector or large monitor for presentations and demonstrations
  • Tables for students to work at
  • Small cups for ink
  • Paper towels
  • Access to a white board or mounted drawing pad for demonstrations

Also Helpful:

Per Student

  • Sketchbooks (students can provide their own)
  • Pentel Pocketbrush brushpens or other nylon bristled brushpens
  • Microns/Multiliners
  • Brush pens

Communal Materials

  • Additional bone folders
  • Additional long arm stapler
  • Nibs for class use (I have enough for 10 students)
  • Nib holders for class use* (I have about 10 I can share)
  • Brushes for inking
  • Drafting Brush
  • Access to tube watercolors, markers, other materials to add color or inspiration
  • Blue tape
  • Scanner
  • Printer or access to a Copier
  • Computer with photo editing software
  • Graphics tablets

My Product Recommendations:

Feel free to mix and match from these categories to suit your classroom needs, or contact me for a curated list.

Note:  On products with Amazon listings, I see a small bounty per purchase.  This adds no additional cost to your order, but does allow me to continue producing posts like this.  Blick and DollarTree listings have no such bounty.



Blick Studio Sketchbook
Various sizes
100 sheets each
Various prices on Blick

Strathmore Spiral Bound Sketchpads, 200 series
Various sizes
100 Sheets
Various Prices on Blick

Other Types:

Amazon Basics Copy paper
8.5"x11", 500 sheets
$6.69 on Amazon

Pacon Tracing Paper
9"x12", 500 sheets
$26.28 on Amazon

Art Paper 

Strathmore Sequential Bristol Board, 200 series
11"x17", 24 sheets
$12.22 on Amazon
$12.66 on Blick

Strathmore Sequential Bristol Board, Vellum surface, 500 series
11"x17", 24 sheets
$27.87 on Amazon
$25.03 on Blick

Canson Comic Book Art Boards
Pre-printed with non-repo blue lines
11"x17", 24 sheets
$23.70 on Amazon

Canson XL Mixed Media Paper
12"x18", 100 sheets
$24.95 on Amazon

Canson XL Watercolor Paper
11"x15", 30 sheets
$14.96 on Amazon

Canson Montval
10"x15", 12 Sheets
$14.90 on Amazon


Colored Leads

Pilot Color Eno, Mechanical Pencil Lead
Soft Blue
3 Packs
$6.77 on Amazon

Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil Lead Set
.7mm, 8 color set
$16.50 on Amazon

Papermate Clearpoint Color Lead Mechanical Pencils
6 count, 6 lead refills, 6 erasers
.7mm, assorted colors
$31.83 on Amazon

Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencil
Light Blue
Set of 12
$15.29 on Amazon

$1.09 each on Blick, bulk pricing available

INC Colorpoint Pencils
$1 per pack of 4
Min order- case of 24 packs 
$24 for 24 packs on DollarTree:

Note:  Just select one of these, or mix mechanical pencils and wooden pencils to suit your class' needs

Graphite Pencils

Amazon Basics Pre Sharpened Wooden Pencils
#2 Lead
150 Pack
$10.90 on Amazon

Pilot G2 Mechanical Pencil with Contoured Rubber Grip
36 pieces
$39.99 on Amazon
*these can be filled with lead of any hardness or color, so long as it's .7mm lead

Dollar Tree INC Side Cliques Mechanical Pencils
$1 per pack

INC Soft Scripts
$1 for 6
Sold in a case of 36 packs
$36 on DollarTree

Bic Velocity Max
12 Count
$18.99 on Amazon

Bic Velocity
12 Count
$9.13 on Amazon


White Stroke, box of 18
$10.49 on Jerry's Artarama
White Stroke, Box of 3
$3.29 on Jerry's Artarama

Mono Plastic Erasers, 10 pieces
$7.50 on Amazon
3 piece set
$5.05 on Amazon

Pentel Hi-Polymer Block Eraser
Pack of 9
$9.97 on Amazon

Pentel Clic Erase
1 Eraser wtih 2 Refills
$8.98 on Amazon
Pack of 12
$13.11 on Amazon

Note:  Just select one of these, there's no need to buy all



C-Thru Graph Beveled Transparent Ruler
$5.99 on Amazon

Westcott 12" Junior T Square
$4.55 on Amazon

Class Packs:

Safe-T 12" Clear Ruler
Pack of 24
$18.88 on Amazon

Safe-T 12" Clear Ruler
Pack of 24
$12.60 on Amazon

Classmaster 15cm translucent ruler
metric, shatter resistant
pack of 10
$4.99 on Amazon


Safe-T Blue Compass, classroom set
Set of 12
$9.95 on Amazon

Safe-T Bullseye Compass, classroom set
Set of 30
$31.86 on Amazon

Mr Pen 15 Piece Compass Set
Swing Arm Protractor (6"), Geometry Set for Students, Geometry Set for School, Divider, Set Squares, Ruler, Protractor, Compass Math, Compass and Protractor, Eraser
$9.99 on Amazon

9 Piece Drawing Template Set
$14.59 on Amazon


Everything listed here is waterproof and alcohol marker safe

Class Sets:
Sakura Pigma Micron Fineline Pen Artist Set- 59 pieces:
Contains Pigma: Brush (9 pc); Graphic: 1mm (4 pc), 2mm (1 pc), 3mm (1 pc); Micron 005 (8 pc), 01 (9 pc), 02 (4 pc), 03 (4 pc), 05 (15 pc), 08 (4 pc)
$79.88 on Amazon
$85.98 on Blick

Sakura Micron 05 Felt Tip, Pack of 8
$16.80 on Amazon
Packs of 6, various sizes, also available on Blick

Individual Sets:

Sakura Pigma Sensei Manga Drawing Set:
Pigma ink pens (0.3 mm Ultra Fine Plastic Tip, 0.4 mm Plastic Tip, 0.6 mm Bullet Fiber Tip, and 1 mm Bold Fiber Tip), a plastic eraser, and an illustration guide.
$12.04 on Amazon
$11.94 on Blick

Sakura Manga Comic Pro Set
8 Piece set
1 each pigma micron 005, 01, 02, 03, 05, 08, 1 each graphic 1mm all black, 1 each 0.7mm fixed sleeve mechanical pencil
$15.07 on Amazon

Sakura Pigma Microns, Set of 8:
Contains eight Black pens in various sizes, including 005 (0.20 mm), 01 (0.25 mm), 02 (0.30 mm), 03 (0.35 mm), 05 (0.45 mm), 08 (0.50 mm), Pigma Brush, and 1.0 mm Pigma Graphic.
$15.98 on Amazon
$10.49 on Blick



Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pens:
3 size set- FB, MB, BB
$7.11 on Amazon
$10.19 on DickBlick

Individual Sizes
Set of 2 pens
Various prices on Amazon: $7.11 on Amazon
$3.43 on Blick, bulk pricing available

Pentel Pigment Brush Pen Extra Fine
$6.50 on Amazon
Medium Tip
$5.93 on Amazon

Pentel Arts Color Water Brush Box Set
Black, Grey, Sepia, and waterbrush
$17.88 on Amazon

Not Waterproof:

Pentel Arts Pocket Brush
1 pen, 2 refills
$8.19 on Amazon
$10.86 on Blick
3 sets, 6 refills
$29.90 on Amazon
Pocket Brush Refills
12 refills
$9.90 on Amazon

Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen
Pack of 3
$8.35 on Amazon


Tachikawa G Nibs
$1.20 each on Paper and Ink Arts

Tachikawa Spoon Nibs
$1.79 on Amazon

Tachikawa Nib Holder
$7.98 on Amazon

Zebra Comic G Model Chrome Nib
10 Nibs
$7.94 on Amazon
20 nibs
$15.76 on Amazon
30 nibs
$23.18 on Amazon

Tachikawa Comic Pen Holder Set- 2 holders, pack of Zebra G Nibs
$18.99 on Amazon

Nikko Manga Nib Set
4 types
11 total pieces
$19.90 on Amazon

Deleter Manga Starter Kit
Nib holder, three nibs
$9.00 on Amazon

Speedball Nib Holder
$5.33 on Amazon

Standard Pen Holder
$.59 on Blick

Rubbing Alcohol
for cleaning nibs/removing oil from nibs

99% Isopropyl Alcohol
Pack of 2, 16FL oz
$9.99 on Amazon


India Ink
Note: India ink is not waterproof unless the bottle says waterproof.  India ink is not alcohol marker proof, regardless, as it is shellac based

Speedball India Ink
Quart Bottle
$12.66 on Amazon

Winsor and Newton India Ink
30ml, with dropper
$8.21 on Amazon

Sumi Ink
Generally not waterproof

Yasutomo Black Sumi Ink
12 oz
$14.26 on Amazon


Alcohol markers

Brush Tipped Markers:

Blick Studio Brush Markers
Individual markers:
$2.96 each on Blick
Set of 24:
$64.18 on Blick
Set of 96:
$199.16 on Blick

Copic Ciao Markers:
Individual Markers:
$3.59 on Blick
Set of 24:
$86.16 on Blick
Set of 72
$258.48 on Blick

Bullet tipped markers:

Arrtx Alcohol Markers
80 pieces
$59.99 on Amazon

Watercolor markers/watercolor brushpens

Arrtx Watercolor Markers
48 markers
$31.80 on Amazon

Arteza Real Brush Pens
96 colors
$69.98 on Amazon



MozArt Komorebi Watercolors
40 full watercolor pans
$24.99 on Amazon

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set of 12
$12.63 on Amazon

Dainayw Watercolor Paint Set
42 colors, compact
comes with brush pen
$16.69 on Amazon

Sakura Koi
12 color set
$14.99 on Blick

Tube watercolors can be portioned out into palettes, and are often more economical for class groups.  Really, only need 12 basic colors, can mix the rest

Recommended Colors:

Quin Magenta or Alizarin Crimson
Pthalo or Prussian Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Transparent Yellow
Lemon Yellow Hue
Dioxine Violet
Yellow Ocre
Burnt Sienna
Sap Green
Carbon Black

Recommended Brands:
Grumbacher Academy

Winsor and Newton
Qor watercolor



Graphics Software:

Medibang Paint Pro (Windows, MacOS, iPad, Android)

Krita (Windows, Linux, MacOS)
Recommended for school/libraries! (Windows only)

Pixia (Windows)


Clip Studio Paint (iOS, Windows, iPad)
Two versions:
Pro- $59.99 on Amazon
Ex- $229 on Amazon

Paint Tool Sai (Windows only)

Affinity Photo (Windows/Mac/iOS)
$50 one time license fee

mdiapp+SE (Windows)
Good software, but primarily not in English

Layout Software:

Affinity Publisher (Windows/Mac/iOS)
$50 one time license

For more in depth reviews of the software mentioned above, I highly recommend you read through Kabocha's reviews:  Kabocha also has a list of free drawing software that may be useful for your students.


Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet
Software included
$49.95 on Amazon

HUION 1060 Plus Graphic Drawing Tablet
$62.24 on Amazon


Brother MFC-J5330DW
A large format printer/scanner/fax that is ideal for printing bluelines and scanning full size comic pages.  This could be shared amongst teachers or kept in the library for common use.
$144.99 on Amazon

Please check out this post for my complete recommendations

Stand Alone Scanners

Large Format 
Epson Expression 11000XL (large format scanner- this is the one I've used for several years)
$3,514.24 on Amazon

Small Format
Canon CanoScan Lide 400 Slim Scanner:

$88.00 on Amazon

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Two New Classes for Artnerds

Hey friends!

As you guys know, I just finished teaching a series of six comic classes in South East Louisiana.  Two of these classes are brand new- From Stick to Figure, and Manga Madness are never before presented classes.  Between the two, there are over a hundred demonstrations and walkthroughs- these are pretty hefty presentations!

Cheat Sheet from From Stick to Figure

Cheat Sheet from Manga Madness

I know many of you would like to attend these classes but can't- that's why I'm sharing them with my Artnerds over on Patreon.  If you like my videos and classes, now would be a great time to join the community, so you get Backer Exclusive access to these classes, as well as all the classes (videos, handouts, and more) in my Making Comics class series.  There's a lot of really great stuff I share with Artnerds that's never released to the public, including printable monthly miniprints, a monthly wallpaper, monthly Patron sketchbooks, access to presentations and demonstrations, and early access to videos!  Your support on Patreon enables me to continue to dedicate time to updating this blog, creating new content for Youtube, and creating convention recaps to share on How to be a Con Artist.