How to Set Up Your Space for your Art Work



Hello friends, for today’s post, I would like to go over some very important tools you will need to begin your illustration career and also how to set up your work space. As an illustrator you can have all the talent in the world, but unless you have a good understanding and knowledge of the tools and equipment your using you’re really not working up to your full potential. To become successful as an illustrator you must start thinking like a professional. You must take pride in your work and deliver the most professional work possible. If you are not up to the standards of professional work, do not worry because you will continue to practice and with a little time you will develop your style. 

So here I have listed the some of the essential tools you’ll need to begin your illustration career, I will show you some of the products I personally use, but keep it in mind that every artist is an individual and all of these items will make a very nice beginning, you do not need to think you must use these tools if you are developing your art in a particular direction.

Now, to begin, find a nice quite space in your home or apartment with enough natural lighting. A place where it is quiet and will allow you to focus on your work. Once you have chosen a spot the next thing you will need to put in your work station is your illustration table.

Drawing Table

1) Drawing Table – Do not be like most aspiring illustrators and over look the art drawing table. When I started drawing, I would use a flat desk, and one thing I noticed in my illustrations was that they were totally out of proportion. When I would draw buildings, the building would be completely out of sink with the landscape. I couldn’t understand it. Finally, I realized that the drawing table was the answer to this little dilemma.

Drawing Pencils

2) Pencils – Knowing your pencil type is very important. You can draw all day long and then erase the mistakes and start over again. Using the right pencil is something that takes a lot of trial and error and experimenting with. I know that there are many illustrators who have found their pencil type that just works well for them. The pencil type is based on the lead used. For example, a number 4 pencil is much darker that a number 2 pencil. A number 1 pencil is much lighter than a number 2. Here is how the pencil intensity sequence goes:

As the number goes higher, so does the intensity of the pencil with H being the lighter, harder lead and B being softer and darker. So…it would go like this:
6H, 4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, H, HB, and B being the “mid-points” or the midrange of all the pencils. HB would be the median, combining both aspects of the “H” and “B” sides.

Illusrtaor Pens

3) The Pen – The next item is the sharpie pen. I use the sharpie pen to finalize my illustrations especially if they are just black and white drawings. I use the Sharpie Fine Point Marker.


Computer Scanner


4) Computer scanner – Eventually, you are going to be working with this relatively new technology. Scanning your illustrations in to your computer will be one of the ways you will be fixing some errors in your drawings. As an illustrator, at some point or another you’re going to have to get your work onto a computer screen. If you are designing an illustration for a customer, scanning and sending to your customer will be an easy way to show your work to your client.


Graphics Tablet


5) GRAPHICS TABLET – Although you may not need a Graphics tablet at first, it will come in handy is you are thinking of going pro from the get go. A professional illustrator is a diverse illustrator and in this day and age that means digital. Every day I see amazing artworks created purely on graphics tablets and watch videos of people paint masterpieces from scratch with nothing more than a digital pen.




6) T-Square & Triangle – A t-Square and a triangle will help you keep those straight lines straight and everything in proper perspective as you draw.

So there you have it. Hopefully if you’re already a professional illustrator you have the bulk of these items already squared away, and if you’re just starting out make sure these feature highly on your shopping list. Once again though, I want to point out that the products I’ve recommended are what I use, and think very highly of, they may not be the absolute best choice for your particular style, so keep on searching and trying new products every chance you get.





  1. Thanks for the advise Lewis. Nice blog!!

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