Essential tools and supplies for artists

I make a lot of effort to only include things in my life that add a lot of value, make my daily tasks easier, and are of high quality. From sketching wildlife everyday, making sketching tutorial videos, and generally, running my creative business without any friction.

Sketching SuppliesSimple, archival and reliable
I like to keep things simple and practical, so here's a selection of my go-to drawing tools. They're all about great quality and are perfect for most types of drawing.

BluehostSimple hosting for your WordPress website
I'm currently using GreenGeeks to host my website – I don't like them. However, I'm stuck in contract with them. Once the contract is up, I'm moving my website to Bluehost.

GeneratePress Theme – A simple, fast WordPress theme for your website
Store, blog, galleries….anything! The GeneratePress theme makes it all look great. It works great with the WooCommerce store plugin and is FAST. The best part, you don’t need to be tech-y or know how to code to customize the design. Everything is drag-and-drop.

Squarespace or ShopifyWordPress alternatives for artist websites
If WordPress is too nerdy for you, you can't go wrong using either Squarespace or Shopify for your art website. I know artists who've got their site up and running in less than a day with both.

ConvertKit – Newsletter
There are a lot of newsletter services out there. ConvertKit is the most intuitive and easiest to use for artists.

Printful – Simple print on demand for artists
Printful can make it easy to put any of your art on ANY kind of product and sell it on your website. Someone can purchase a product (prints, posters, clothing, etc. with your art on it) directly from your art website. Then automatically print and ship the order for you. Without putting any of their branding on the shipping materials or product.

Teachable – Make money teaching what you know
Teaching has become a fun branch of my art business. If you're a creative who wants an easy way to offer a course, Teachable is one of the easiest ways to create your class, with no crazy coding or heavy plugins for your website needed.

Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer – Print art prints on your own
A great printer for making are prints up to 13″ x 19″. The dye-based inks are archival, easy to buy, and works well with Hahnemuhle fine art paper.