Here I listed all the tools that I use for the FSketcher fashion drawing tutorials and for my own artwork as well. I categorized them into primary (for a complete sketch), secondary (for web-publishing) and complementary (for an extra twist) sketching equipment.
The best type of paper when working with markers is a bleed-proof marker pad. It helps to keep the edges of colored area sharp and gives neater look to the final work. Usually, you can buy a marker pad from the same brand that produces markers, or you can easily find it in an art shop. You can also use paper dedicated to comic artists. It also has very smooth surface and goes pretty well with markers. Finally, you can still draw on regular printing paper. It is more difficult to render certain textures on it, but this type of paper is much cheaper and easy to find (I use it quite often).
Here are my personal favorites
For a draft sketch, I use a mechanical pencil with a 0.5 nib. You will also need an eraser and a sharpener for pencils.
Professional markers give consistent solid color, last longer and they are much easier to use due to their steady flow of ink. In FSketcher fashion sketching tutorials I use Promarkers, marker pens produced by Winsor & Newton. Both Copic and Promarker are more expensive than the majority of alternatives. You might find a cheaper option in your local art store. Even though you might give up some super-quality, some cheap markers perform pretty decently and it is possible to make great sketches with them too. Check this review of the best markers for fashion drawing to find out more about different brands and to choose the right one for yourself.
You can pick the Promarkers by color name on Amazon.
Check my list of top 30 most used Promarker colors to start building your marker collection.
If you want to get the best result, you have to invest in good colored pencils. Especially if you draw with pencils only, you have to think about getting an artist quality set of colored pencils. They are a bit pricey, but they give amazing velvet texture and rich color. Moreover, you will use them for a long time. I give my preference to Caran D’Ache, Prismacolor, and Faber-Castell brands. Don’t even think about going to toys department and getting cheap pencils for kids. Those are just useless for art.
Here is the set that I am currently using for my illustrations
To outline a figure and to draw details I usually use black fine-line pens. Different nib sizes let me show various outlines, textures, and patterns.
Recommended options are
If you want to publish your work online, no matter if it is a piece of your web portfolio or an Instagram post, to look more professional you’ll need a clean and sharp image. In order to turn your sketch into a high-quality digital image, you will need an HD-scanner (I use Canon LiDE 120) and an image-editing software, such as Photoshop. For posting on Instagram you will also need a smartphone or a tablet.
If you want your designs to literally shine, you can use glitter, sequins, crystals, etc. Keep in mind that for a certain medium you will need some glue.
In order to save your time, it is a nice idea to prepare templates of models standing in different poses a la “croquis”. A lightbox will make it much easier to trace those templates later. It will also be handy if you decide to turn your illustrations into animation. If you don’t want to buy a lightbox, you can use a window during the day in the same way. If there is any glass table in your place, you can put a source of light underneath it.
Last but not least, if you want to draw digitally (which is a great idea), you will need to get an artistic tablet. Why won’t you just draw using your mouse? In order to display natural brush strokes on the screen, the system must understand how hard you push on your pen. It’s called pressure sensitivity and a stylus in comparison with a mouse has it. Currently, I am working with Wacom Intuos for under $100. For drawing fashion sketches, it is just enough. At the beginning, you might feel weird since on Intuos you draw on the tablet looking at the screen of your computer (the second tablet below👇🏽). When working with Cintiq (the first tablet) you draw directly on the screen, so it feels a bit more “normally”.
Here I have covered most of the equipment that I use when I create my works. Time after time I use different media, such as watercolors, crayons, feather, ink, plants, fabrics, etc. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.