Essential Comic Supplies

A couple cool gray copic markers, white gel pen, mechanical pencil, g-pen and maru pen

I’m breaking away from the usual talk about the digital realm to list my essential supplies for making my comic, A Fool’s Deception, and where you can buy this stuff online.

1. G Model Pen Nib

I’ve tried micron felt tip markers and many others like them but nothing beats a G-Pen nib. Truly the Cadillac of comic supplies. They can be hard to get used to at first but the pay off is a beautiful range of line weights and more dynamic line work.

2. Maru (round) Pen Nib

A favorite of Shoujo Manga artsists, the maru pen makes consistent thin lines. You can use it to slowly build up a big line or use it to show wispy soft hair. It can be used to make the background all the same thin line weight, while making your characters super dynamic with the G Pen. Strangely enough, this is the one Nib that I’m having the hardest time with. The ink dries up too quickly on the nib and I end up scratching the paper!! I might try some different brands to see if there’s one that works better with me.

This person is truly a master of the maru pen:

3. Pen Nib Holder

Now that you have the nibs, you need a holder. There is nothing better than the Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder. The ergonomic grip makes it easier on your fingers, especially if you’re like me and have and always have a death grip while drawing. I’m trying to stop that….

4, 5 and 6. Ink

So far, Deleter is my favorite, because of it’s quick drying speeds and the ability to withstand my eraser. The Tachikawa ink became dull after erasing 🙁 Since the Deleter 4 black ink is water and alcohol-based marker proof, you can use watercolors or Copic markers to color your artwork once you’ve erased your pencil draft.

The white ink is good for making corrections or adding a little flair to your comics. If you’re making corrections, once this white ink is dry, you can use black ink on top of it. I’ve also seen the white ink used to draw hair strands and highlight accents. In clamp comics, they just splatter a bit of white ink on their pages to add character.

If you just don’t have time for nonsense like, using a brush and white ink, you can also use a white gel pen to make quick corrections. This one works like a charm:

7. Paper

This paper is about the same size as computer paper and will give you the cleanest lines ever with no bleeding. It’s sturdy enough for several erasings, white ink, carrying around with you on a clip board, water color, alcohol-based markers, and other abuses I’ve probably not discovered yet. High quality sketch paper will seem mountainous in comparison. There is a larger size and a version with a manga template for professional work, but the large version is too big for my scanner and It’s not like I’m going to submit the stuff I make to Shonen Jump.


INTRODUCING THE AMAZING Uni Alpha Gel Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil!!!!!!

Seriously though, for as long as mechanical pencils have existed, I haven’t been a fan until I met this beauty. The Kuru Toga line of pencils rotate the led every time you pull your pencil off the paper. That way the led wears down evenly as you draw/right. I rotated my pencils all the time as I used them and just accepted that as the way of life. NOT ANYMORE. I’ve ditched my fancy Mitsubishi drawing pencils for just this one mechanical pencil and I’ll never look back.

9. Smudge Guard

I have several of these laying around the house now. I use them for drawing digitally on the Cintiq and for paper. Keeps your hand clean and stops your hand, which is made for grip, from dragging on your work surface and MESSING EVERYTHING UP. I have especially sweaty hands when I get into my drawing and without this guard, my paper gets wet and warps or my tablet looks like a it ate a hamburger while I was away. It’s terrible.

I have a small hand so I got the S size, but you should check the measurement chart to see which one you should get. It also comes in many different colors but I would avoid black. You’ll lose it almost immediately.

10. Eraser of the gods

I wouldn’t say this was necessary, but I thought I should let you know I found this eraser to be super effective on the toughest pencil marks while not erasing my Deleter ink. This eraser made my art class a lot easier.

11. Other eccentric stuff…

This is where things get weird, but I assure you, my workflow will come to a grinding halt without these things.

11.a. Nice socks because my feet get cold while I work.

11.b. A white foam roller because I don’t want to go back to Physical Therapy. Roll around every which way on this for a good back massage.

11.c. A pet you can shower with love when you just need a break. I recommend cats because if you give them a cat tower near your desk, they’ll stare at you condescendingly, until you finish your work. You can get your revenge by giving them hugbies. They’re also low maintenance (only true if you get a shorthair).

If there are any supplies you can’t live without, let me know in the comments!

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Serving up your Webtoon

Wouldn’t you like to view your webtoon online and on your phone, just as people will be seeing it when you upload it to webtoons or other long-form comics? I put together a simple php script and css stylesheet to do just that!

First thing I do is export my comic pages from clip studio.
Then I upload it to my site, which supports php, using ftp into an images folder.

Here is the php and css you’ll need:

Here’s what it looks like on my ftp (I renamed mine fools.css):

Hope you find this useful!

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[Tutorial] My Essential Clip Studio Shortcuts

Rotating the Canvas

If you’re familiar with drawing with physical paper, I bet you naturally turn the page while you’re drawing. That’s because you probably have a steadier, more confident stroke at that angle. Luckily, you can setup Clip Studio Paint to give you the same advantage as you draw digitally.

We first want to assign a key or set of keys to the rotate action in Clip Studio and then change the Wacom settings to that key.

Go to File->Modifier Key Settings

In this menu you have a lot of custom options available for any modifier key sequence you could think of. I decided to use Ctrl+Shift to Change tool temporarily to the Rotate tool.

Since I rotate my canvas enough to give anyone watching motion sickness, I added the modifier to my pen for easy access.

Open your Wacom Tablet Properties

If you don’t already see the Clip Studio logo in the list of available applications, I recommend adding it. With Clip Studio open in the background, click the plus sign on the right of the application list, select CLIPStudioPaint and hit OK.

In the screenshot above you can see I changed the setting for my top pen rocker-button to the Modifier… Shift + CtrlNow all I have to do is press and hold down on that button and drag on the canvas until I have the right angle.

Flipping the Canvas Horizontally

If you spend enough time looking at your artwork one way, I’m convinced your brain starts ignoring obvious mistakes. One way to trick your brain into looking at the same artwork as something completely new – getting a new perspective – is to flip the canvas horizontally.

Go to File–>Shortcut Settings
Navigate to View–>Rotate/Invert–>Flip Horizontal
Double click on Flip Horizontal and type whatever shortcut you want. I went with Ctrl+H since that doesn’t seem to be used for any other shortcut.

I like adding shortcuts I use often to my tablet buttons. To add it to yours,  first open your Wacom Tablet Properties

Pick a button on your tablet to assign the Ctrl+H needed to flip the canvas. In the dropdown menu, select keystroke… Add the sequence you picked, give it a name and hit OK.


Do you have a Shortcut setting you couldn’t live without? Let me know and I can add it to the list.

Here are some more you should checkout:


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