Tools & Materials

cup of pencils and pens The Japanese have a saying, “Koubou fude o erabazu,” which means, “A koubou is not particular about his tools.” A koubou is a master calligrapher, a person who creates beautiful kanji with a brush and ink.

The idea here is that a real craftsman can create great work even if his tools are sub-par. While true, not having the right tool can be frustrating, and good tools can make your work go faster and easier, plus the final results may be better. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the artists’ toolbox, including specialized items useful to manga artists and animators.