EDIT :: Changed the layout a bit to make it look more pleasant to the eye
A guide to the art materials that I use for drawing miniatures.
My 0.3mm mechanical pencil looks like a Sonic Screwdriver!
Including a preview to my newest project ;D
Firstly: I got into Doctor Who just recently. Just finished watching season 4. And may I say I love this TV show to bits!
Guys, I'm sorry I'm not around much lately. I'm not doing well, but I try to keep as active as possible @ deviantART... (:
Hope you are well. Cheers.
In short:1. drawing boardI bought this board when I wasn't sure I needed it, but boy am I glad I got it after all. It has a flat and smooth surface, which makes drawing on any type of paper super comfortable. It's from the brand Faber Castell, in case you're interested.2. 0.5mm mechanical pencilsFrom up to down: 3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 4H. B means it got a soft (dark) lead, while H is hard (light). Before I got my 0.3mm mechanical pencils, I used these to draw details. Now I merely use them for shading and basic layers!3. tissueUsed for shading, albeit teeny tiny spots since tissues are commonly used for shading large areas rather than small areas.4. cotton padAlso useful for shading. Doesn't leave ugly marks behind but only usable for mid-large areas.5. Q-tipUseful for shading small areas.6. tortillionUseful for REALLY small areas (and yet still too big for blending most of the facial features).7. needleThe needle is being used for adding white highlights by dipping its tip into the liquid of the gel pen. That way I can make the smallest possible highlights which aren't achievable with erasers.8. mirror...and my hand! I use a mirror to check my drawings for proportional mistakes. If you don't know what I mean, try checking your own drawings with a mirror. ;D9. magnifying glassA.k.a. Adam, the magnifying glass. The day I bought this useful tool to magnify the details of my drawings, I met a sweet salesguy who looked JUST like Adam Lambert.10. frameTo measure the size for my drawing area. I bought a small square frame which I want to use for this particular project. As you can see, I will make a total of 9 little drawings for this project!11. drawing paperExtra smooth drawing paper which is actually printing paper that is usually being used at the office. I got a whole pack of 400 pages for €3. Aside from the Hahnemühle sketchbook paper that I normally use, this type of paper is my favourite to use!12. rulerTo measure the little frames for my drawings.13. pencil eraser/brushAn eraser in the shape of a pencil/brush that I use to get rid of unwanted outlines. The brush can be used to wipe away erased parts.14. gel penTo be used with the needle, to create teeny tiny wibbly wobbly highlights!15. 0.25mm finelinerOnce the drawings are finished, I use a fineliner to trace the mini frames.16. kneaded eraserUseful for any kind of erasing. I prefer to use a kneaded eraser to create highlights and to smoothen skintones.17. blue + red pencilsNot 2 regular supplies for drawing miniatures, but I do need them for this particular project. You'll see once the drawing is done!18. regular eraserTo erase... regular stuff. One swing with this eraser and my entire miniature portrait is gone. *lol* Need to be CAREFUL.19. small brushSo since when does drawing require painting too? Never!
Brushes are excellent tooks for blending as well. The softer the graphite (= B pencils) the easier it will be to blend. I like to use these for blending backgrounds and skintones.20. small sharp brushSame as #19, the small brush. Except this one can blend even smaller parts!21. 0.3mm HB mechanical pencilFor adding teeny tiny dark details.22. 0.3mm H mechanical pencilFor adding teeny tiny mid-dark details and shading.23. 0.3mm 2H mechanical pencilFor shading... teeny tiny parts.
-----------------Watch my other tutorials here!
1. Eye tutorial
2. Nose tutorial
3. Hair tutorial
4. Shading & Blending tutorial
5. Drawing Progress tutorial
6. Detailed Hair part 1
7. Detailed Hair part 2
8. Editing Drawings
9. Drawing Materials
10. Male Lips tutorial
11. Female Lips Tutorial
12. Proportions Tutorial
13. Sketch to Group Image tutorial