Having the necessary drawing supplies is essential for cartooning. An arts and crafts store has a wide range of art supplies, but you don’t want to overdo it and buy too much especially — if you’re just starting out. So, when you’re setting up your drawing workspace, start with this list of basic cartooning tools and supplies:

  • Paper for doodling and sketching:

    • Scratch paper

    • Typing paper

    • Note paper

  • Paper for drawing finished art:

    • Vellum paper

    • Watercolor paper

    • Bristol drawing paper

  • Tools to prep with:

    • Ruler

    • Eraser

    • White correction fluid

  • Tools to sketch with:

    • Non-photo blue pencils

    • Charcoal pencils

    • Drawing pencils

    • Technical drafting pencils

  • Tools to use for final art:

    • Pigma Micron pens

    • Winsor & Newton #2 brushes

    • Waterproof black India ink

  • Adobe Photoshop