I wanted to keep in sync with Deb's and Roz's posts so I decided to blog about my favorite supplies or tools to work with.
As you might know, I usually work with watercolor first and then finish my work digitally.
My favorite watercolors are Yarka St. Petesburg. They have the yummiest brightest colors I've ever seen in watercolor.
As for watercolor paper, my favorite is Arches hot press.
For cold press I like Lanaquarelle, it has a really nice texture to it. Not too rough not too smooth, just perfect. I work with blocks. I take each page out and work on it. So why do I buy blocks you might ask? Because, and this is very sad.. (I can pause if you'd like to go look for some kleenex), there is no good watercolor paper available in this country.
I told you it was sad! So, I have to buy mine when I visit the US. You can imagine the weight of my suitcases when I travel. Fun stuff. Blocks are easier for me in that way.
I transfer my drawings using a light box. I used to have this one:
It has a good thickness, the other was way too thick and it's uncomfortable to have it on top on your desk while tracing. This one is pretty lightweight and has a handy indentation for keeping my pencil and eraser too.
I cannot live without my lapdesk. I sketch all my books on it and always on my couch or bed. I like to be really comfortable at the thinking stage. These lapdesks have a soft beanie pillow on the other side.
They make great nap buddies too.
What? Those are good for creativity. ;o)
Of course, I can't forget my lucky cat that I got in Japan Town in San Francisco. He has been very good to me. If you don't have one, you have to got out right now and get your own lucky cat.
For working digitally I love this Apple 30 inch monitor. It's huge! Actually it belongs to my hubby, he got it as a birthday gift from all his best friends. I keep hinting my best friends I want a Cintiq, but I don't see any movement there.. ;o)
I use Photoshop. I have two favorite tools in PS too. My favorite has to be the "undo" button of course. Nothing beats that!
The other is the stamp tool. I love it because it lets me keep my real watercolor texture.