As a mangaka, you need to have precision tools for everything from your first draft to inking!
Acquire several kinds of pencils and mechanical pencils for pencil sketching.
Mechanical pencils: for precision work
Mechanical pencils, such as Criterium drafting pencils, have sharp points that won't blunt. They're perfect for meticulously creating a setting!
Paper pencils: should they have hard or soft leads?
For drawing features that need less precision, a normal pencil is better than a mechanical drafting pencil. There is little variation between lead diameters (2.5 mm) from one pencil to another, so it is the degree of hardness that counts.
Don't forget to have a pencil sharpener on hand!
Use them for drawing all your reference lines: they won't show when printing. They’re better than a blue ball-point pen because you can erase your mistakes!
These are a mangaka's favorite tools. For real pro inking, that's exactly the pen you need!
Pen holders: ergonomics comes first!
It has to fit your hand perfectly: it's essential for a good line. Try out several models before making your selection.
For extended drawing, add to your comfort with a rubber grip on the part of your pen holder where you place your fingers.
Pen holders can be used with any shape nib… with just one exception: nibs with a round base require a special pen holder with a reservoir.
Heat your nib over the flame of a cigarette lighter or candle (make it doesn't touch the flame so it doesn't burn), it will hold the ink better and flow more slowly.
The great mangaka are using markers and ball points more and more, alone or with traditional pens.
Whether doing a retouch or a full inking, painting with a brush requires a good mastery of drawing. Just one piece of advice: practice until you feel completely comfortable!
How can you tell a high quality ink?
Retouching, correcting and creating effects… white ink is just as basic as black!