NOW IT’S TIME FOR: HOW DOES THIS GET MADE?
Sorry about the low-quality photos. I would have used a real camera, but I am visiting my mother and have installed a temporary studio in my childhood bedroom, and you know I’m telling the truth about that because only a 13-year-old would have picked out that wallpaper.
Shown here, at very low resolution, are all the tools I use to make a page of NERVENKRANK:
Cup of clean water
Blue painter’s tape
—Light, medium & dark shades
—I use this for roughs; it is extremely cheap
—Contains most of my reference photos
Arches watercolor block
—9x12” 140lb hot press
—This is where final pencils and inks happen
Watercolor brushes, size 00
—I do my linework in these
—For applying masking fluid
—For drawing panel borders
Watercolor brushes, misc sizes
—I use this to cut finished pages off the watercolor block
—Palette knives also work; X-Acto knives are too sharp
Copic pen, size 0.7
—I letter with this
Dr. Martin’s Bombay Black India ink
—This is the only black ink I use, ever, no exceptions
Watercolor brushes, large
4 pre-mixed ink wash tones
—These are made from Dr. Martin’s ink and water
Jar of Windex
—Did you know you don’t have to buy that expensive blue cleaner they sell at Blick to get India ink off your nibs and brushes? Windex works great!
In future posts I’m going to go through my process step by step.