Decided to do a “my tools” section for all the technical questions. Will update this post with my current favourite tools changes.
COPIC Multiliner SP from 0.2 to 0.7
I used these fineliners to do the lines on many pictures - especially these with thick lines or done on textured paper (pen and ink can’t be used then). I like the sturdy metal case, waterproof ink and replaceable tips. These multiliners draw a nice smooth, black line but can also give interesting textured line on rough, watercolour paper.
ZiG MANGAKA FLEXIBLE F and M
I like to use the Japanese brush pens, unfortunately most of them have non-waterproof inks of marker-like nibs. This one combines good brush nib available in two thicknesses with waterproof ink. The nib provides good flexibility and control balance with really fine line finish if needed. Also small in size and relatively cheap.
Mitsu-Bishi HiUni from grade F to 10B
I tried a lot of Japanese brand pencils and like all of them but for me the Hi-unis are the best (closely followed by TOMBOW). Now my main pencils. I love the silky feel and dark line they give. Because of that they are widely used in Japanese animation for drawing the animation frames. Japanese pencils generally feel a lot softer than European pencils of same hardness.
STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph grades 6B, 7B and 8B