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The stuff I use to make my cartoons and videos.

I’m frequently asked what I draw with or what my video setup is so here is a roundup of the hardware and software I use.

Illustration Gear:

Surface Pro (This is the drawing tablet I use the most)

I have the iPad Pro and Surface pro and I use them both quite a bit. When I’m doing client work I like being able to use Photoshop and Illustrator and the Surface’s pen is on par with anything Wacom makes and almost as good as the Apple Pencil.

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

When I want to sketch or just have fun I usually grab the iPad Pro. I’ve tried doing client work on it and the workflow is just a little off, I spend a lot of time pushing my art to the desktop to finish it. But still a fun and great device.

Artisul D16

I use a bunch of different pen displays because I'm often reviewing a new one. But the Artisul D16 is my go to because the lines are really smooth and that's what I love in a tablet. If you want to see my Wacom Cintiq alternative list you can check that out here.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Photoshop is kinda laggy to draw in on the Surface Pro with larger files but I’ve used it for years and I know it like the back of my hand. I also have a great brush collection that makes it hard to break away completely from drawing in Photoshop. I love Adobe Illustrator. I’ve searched for alternatives, but I have yet to find anything I like nearly as much.

Clip Studio

Clip studio has a lot of features and does some great things but for me there is one thing that puts it head and shoulders above other drawing apps and that’s the way it handles inking. They do some auto smoothing to the brushes which just works perfectly. It’s great for my cartooning style.

Video Gear:

Cannon EOS 80D

I used my iPhone 6 for years to film my videos but I officially upgraded to the Cannon. It's sooooo much better.

Mic: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB

This is the second mic I've had and I love it. A friend recommended it and it's only $60. The quality and price is better than the old Blu Yeti mic I used to use. I have a little do-dad that lets me plug it into my phone to record the audio and video together. Now I plug it into my computer and record my audio separately from video and sync them up in production.

iRig: IK Multimedia iRig PRE

This is the do-dad I mentioned above. It lets me plug my nice mic into my phone so I don't have to sync the audio and video separately. It takes a 9v battery but lasts several months for me between changes.

Lighting: LimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Light

These work. They are kinda large. They will also be the next thing I replace. I want to get something that takes up less space. Maybe install a more permanent light behind my head, but these lights have done ok the last two years.

Mini tripod

It's small and sits on my desk. It has a standard sized mounting screw on it so it will fit pretty much any camera. You will need to get a clamp if you're going to film with your phone.

GripTight Mount XL for Large Smartphones

This is the clamp I use to connect my phone to my the tripod. It has a spring in it so it can expand to fit any size phone. Probably won't fit the iPhone 6 plus, but the standard iPhone 6 fits it just fine even with the case on.