So your child started to draw Anime / Manga, and you as parents, want to support this creative passion.
In this post I will introduce tools that are great for beginner-level, aspiring artists!
All the recommendations come from my personal experience.
Before we start …. I think it’s great to start “simple”, in the beginning. You don’t need to buy expensive digital drawing tools.
Let’s start from paper and pencils.
I’ve been using a Pentel mechanical pencil. Twist-Erase 0.7mm , HB
Why I recommend
Good Grip- where you hold the pencil is covered with rubber. The rubber is also soft on your fingers. You don’t get tired nor hurt holding the pencil for a long time.
0.7mm thickness (lead) is perfect. it’s not too think nor thick, easy to draw good lines.
HB is just right darkness
I never use its eraser part. In fact, I’ve lost the eraser but don’t bother because its eraser isn’t that super important part.
I recommend using mechanical pencils than regular pencils, it’s because you can keep the same width stroke.
By far, the BEST eraser is this Japanese eraser made by Tombow, a popular stationary company.
I’ve been using this MONO erasers for nearly 35 years. I’ve used other erasers, with high reputation ones but nothing can beat MONO. Your child is going to be pretty happy about them.
I bought Pentel Color Pencil 24 set – been happy with them.
TIP: when you buy color pencils make sure that contains Skin colors.
I strongly recommend to buy your child Copic Markers, if she’s into drawing and coloring. They are the best – in many ways – coloring markers.
I have a whole entire article of Copic Markers, please visit the page.
You can read my reviews about Copic Markers!
Kent paper is common to be used for manga drawing in Japan. Also this paper works great with Copic Markers.
If you just draw, sketch, everyday casual drawing – then printer papers are just fine. I use them all the time, too. (no glossy surface.)
Outliners are used for tracing the outline after the sketch is done.
There is a whole set of pens here, sometimes you may want to try different strokes to give different feelings. (strokes make difference on the look of the drawing – a lot!!)
So these are the basic manga drawing tools! I hope this article helps you to choose what to buy 🙂