Gift guide for illustrators & hand letterers

Friday, December 23, 2016

It's the season to be jolly and the season for gift guides! As I love making lists I had a lot of fun putting together this gift guide for the illustrators, graphic designers and hand letters in your life. Or people with aspirations in that direction. Or, you know, just generally the creatives in your live.

Art Supplies

It shouldn't surprise you to see some brush pens on this list. I already wrote a review about the Pentel Colour Brush and the Kuretake Brush Pen, which I both really like.

Pentel's Colour Brush (€10)
Pentel Pocket Brush (€13)
Ecoline Brush Pen (€25 for a set of 10)
Winsor & Newton Golden Calligraphy Ink (€8)
Kuretake Watercolor Paint (€36)
Lightbox/Tracing Pad (around €80)
Holbein Gouache (€52 )
Kuretake Aquash brush pen (€10)


A lot of these books are also on my wishlist, but some of them I've borrowed from the library before or I own them.

Books on typography & hand lettering

Sketching, drawing & illustration

Inspirational books

Paper & sketchbooks

  • A6 Ebony sketcbook by Daler-Rowney - Small enough to take everywhere with you and the paper is perfect for sketching and working with ink. I haven't tested it with watercolour though.
  • Tracing paper - because it's always interesting to have at hand
  • Leuchturm or Moleskine dotted notebook - no lines or grids, but dots. They're easy to ignore during freehand sketching and vital when doing typography or logo sketching.
  • Fabriano drawing paper - I prefer the 160g/m and the 200g/m paper for sketching, doing lettering or water colouring.
  • Seawhite sketchbooks - Seawhite is my favourite brand of sketchbooks. I just love the feel of their paper.

 Subscriptions & Apps

  • Scrawlrbox subscription - By subscribing to Scrawlrbox you give someone (or yourself) a monthly box with fresh drawing supplies, ranging from markers, pencil, papers, some artwork and a monthly art challenge. (£15/month)
  • Skillshare is (apart from YouTube) my favourite place on the internet to learn new things. They have an enormous collection of courses, covering things from how to start drawing cartoons, to hand lettering, making videos or how to be more productive. ($12/month)
  • Kyle's brushes are widely renowned in the illustrator community. Adobe even considers them the best brush sets you can get for Photoshop. So if you're looking for a gift for someone who's into digital illustration, this might be the perfect solution!
  • If your intended giftee has an iPad (Pro), you can always give them some (or all) of these apps: Procreate app, Amaziograph app, Astropad

Voila, if you still don't find a present for a creative in your life, it's not because I didn't give you enough options. ;) What would you give to creatives you know? Or what's on your own wishlist?

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