Moro and Maru Inked, material talk

Recently had been watching xxxHolic Kei love it, recommend it ^^ nice catchy opening/ending tracks too :D I was reminded I wanted to draw these 2 little characters for a while now so here they are! Image is slightly processed on photoshop to give it the colour tinge ^^

I have been ask on a few occasions what kind of paper/pen/pencils/materials do I use.
I personally do have a few preferences, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to try out different/new materials when we do not have our actual tools at hand :)

When I was in my teens, I had also tried stuff like the fancy G-nibs — they were really difficult to come by at the time and a fellow artist gave me a few ^^; (G-nibs is the kind which you need to dip into an ink pot, and you end up dripping a splash of ink on your almost finished work and you bleep bleep bleep :P). Also gotten expensive Manga drafting paper but unfortunately with the latter I couldn’t bear to use it (so wasted some money ^^; ) Also bought screen tones, but with the ease of computer, those quickly got phased out ^^;;;

I started drawing when I was still a student (meaning not a lot of money to throw around) so I eventually picked up some tools and materials which I felt that are affordable and good :)

So below as listed is my usual weapons (LOL) based in when I live in Singapore, cost varies quite a bit in Canada ^^;

Pencil: 2B 0.5 mechanical pencils (no real preference for brands)

Eraser: Mono erasers (have not found any other brand which beats how good this is)

Pen: Pilot Drawing Pen or Pigma Micron the latter is more expensive ^^; I usually use 0.3, 0.5 is good if I want to colour some parts black. These pens are pretty long lasting :)

Paper: 80g photocopying paper (any thinner ink tend to bleed, and paper is kinda “see thru”, any thicker is nice but more expensive)

I use watercolour occasionally even tho I colour with the computer a lot these days. It is always good to practice without being reliant on “control + z” ^^

Recently I forgot to bring a sketch book/paper to the shop I work a day per week, so I bought a couple sketch pads from Daiso, unfortunately one of the sketch book’s backing started to warp after I took it out of the plastic bag which contains it (not sure if it was cos it was too humid?) ^^; I drew the above Fan art in it, started inking it, the good thing is it does not bleed (bleed= ink spread out on paper giving a fuzzy edge). But it was fine for sketching down ideas during slower hours of the day ^^

If I have an idea I want to put on paper and have no paper, I’ll grab other stuff to draw on. I used to draw a lot on the back of my hand to remind me stuff to do or ideas I had ^^ (but that got a bit unsightly :P sometimes napkins work for jotting down ideas :3 And of course I know a lot of us like to draw on our textbooks when the lecture started making us nod off ^^;

An example of a sketch of an idea by my hubs on a napkin (LOL)

So now that you have read up to here, if you like drawing, do you have a favorite weapon/medium of choice?