Lettering Tools & Resources

I am often asked about the tools I am using on a daily basis. What are my recommendations and what are my favorites. I have always answered every question whenever I can but I believe it's time to put them all together in one place so you can check it out whenever you need it. This list, though, contain mostly affiliate links and I earn a little amount when you purchase using these links. 


Staedtler Mars Technico Lead Holder

This lead holder carries 2mm lead. I keep two of them - one for my 4B lead for dark sketching and one for my 4H lead for light sketching. I love this because it gives me that fine precision I want to achieve when I am finalizing my work. 

Staedtler Mars Carbon Lead, 12 x 2mm, HB (200-HB)

The 2mm carbon lead to be used along with the Mars Technico Lead Holder. If you need darker sketches, you might want to opt with the B and with lighter sketches, go for the H. 

This HB lead is the most commonly used lead and you might want to start with this one and explore different shades as you along in your lettering journey.

Lead Pointer

Lead pointer is basically your sharpener. The rotary actions allows sharpening the edges beautifully giving you sharp and pointed leads for precision drawings.

Tracing Paper

The secret to creating beautiful pieces of artwork is a lot of iterations! And the secret weapon? Tracing papers! It helps me a lot in recreating pieces I would probably have difficulty redrawing as quickly as I need it done. You can buy them in rolls or in A4 sheets.

Artograph LightPad

I personally own a 17x24 in lightpad because I like it bigger when i am tracing and preparing for digitizing my artwork. This is what I mainly use for final inking stages. 

Sakura Pigment Liner Pigma Microns

There is a wide array of pens I use on a regular basis and I will list them all down here. The very first pigment liner I used were the microns, specifically the o5. It's pretty much something you would want to own when you're starting. 

As you go on and explore more thicks and thins along with precision and different lettering techniques, you may try the different points or even the brush pens to explore script and calligraphy.

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens

These are my go-to pens when I'm working on my journal pages! For some reason, I find them so easy and comfortable to use. I often use them too on final inking stages for my digitizing process because they are of good quality!

Uni Pin Drawing Pens

If there is an ultimate favorite of mine, they are the Uni-Pins! Maybe it's just me but I love that it isn't too oily

MIDORI Traveler's Notebook 

This is my favorite journal notebook. The leather of the Midori Traveler's Notebook is outstanding and the quality of the paper is superb! 

Check out my Midori Traveler's Notebook project and how I use lettering in it!


When inking my final artwork for scanning and digitizing, I do them on high quality papers, preferably with smooth surface. I don't like texture on my final artwork because it will be hard to scan and the texture will probably end up getting caught by the scanner which will yield a poor scan result. 

Since most of my work are in black ink, my go to pads are smooth (120gsm or above) but if you want to color or use other mediums you might want to check other paper qualities.


Mastering Hand-Lettering

My first book! It is perfect if you are looking for a complete guide on how to draw letters and start your lettering journey. It consist of topics on drawing individual letters - uppercase, lowercase, script as well as adding styles and shadows to your lettering work! And it comes in 3 languages - English, Dutch and French!

Find the book on the following online shops:

Amazon | Book Depository  Barnes & Noble  Target Online |

Dutch Edition available at : | ECi | Lannoo  

The Great Big Book of Amazing Creative Lettering

This book I co-authored with other amazing lettering artists. We showcased different lettering applications and you will have a ton of great resources and references in this book!


Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is my main software for digitizing all my artwork. Although it takes a while to get familiar with this software, it is a super helpful tool once you get the hang of it. If you are still debating whether to purchase it, they have a 14-day trial. Do check it out website. 

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is the first design software I learned to use. It used to be my main design tool but after learning illustrator, it comes hand in hand with AI specially when it comes to adding textures to my work. 

You can get both of these software as a Single App or via the Creative Suite. I am using the Creative Suite because I use other software like inDesign and Lightroom