I often get asked about the materials I use for making drawings, so I thought I'd share them all in one post.
I start every drawing in pencil. I've had this blue mechanical pencil for at least 15 years. I go over the drawing again in pen, then I go back and erase all the pencil lines. Staedtler erasers are the best: they get pencil marks off easily without having to rub the crap out of the paper. Other white erasers seem the same, but they don't work as well.
I use Sakura Micron Pigma pens in various thicknesses. They're the only ones I've found to be truly waterproof. Here's the thing: I brush on the watercolour paint after I draw the outlines in pen . Other pen brands tend to smudge when I do this, despite their claims of being waterproof. When I need thicker lines I use Staedtler permanent pens, Fine and Medium points, like I did on this drawing.
For watercolours, I use small tubes of Winsor & Newton and Holbein. I like both brands. I don't use much paint, so some of these tubes have been with me for over 10 years. (On very rare occasions I use gouache, which I haven't included in this photo.)
These are my paint palettes. I started out with one round one, then got another, then another. I like the metal ones better. I leave the paint to dry when I'm done. That way I can reuse the colours I've mixed next time by just adding a bit of water.