Aisha Diandra Visual Arts


materials list

I've been asked what materials I use for my work, so here is an overview of the materials I use for my artwork, as well as my photography gear.
The materials I use most often are made by specific brands, while I am less particular about the materials I don't use regularly. 



Staedtler Mars Micro 0.3mm mechanical pencil my go-to tool for all preliminary sketches
Copic Multiliner SP pens I use these for all my line-work, mostly size 0.1, 0.05, 0.03. I like these because they are refillable and have replaceable nibs
PaperMate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick for erasing small areas
Faber-Castell Perf ection 7058B eraser pencil for erasing even finer details and for erasing to make highlights

Copic Sketch markers the majority of my pole art is done with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card paper which is designed for use with Copic markers and other alcohol-based markers
Copic Opaque White paint a water-based paint for highlights over finished Copic drawings

Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils oil-based coloured pencils with strong lead - great for fine details, beautiful range of colours
Prismacolor coloured pencils wax-based coloured pencils with soft lead - good for smooth blending, I usually use these for colouring skin

Canson Smooth Bristol paper my favourite paper for coloured pencil drawings as it is very smooth and thick and takes colour well, and can handle some wet mediums without damage if I choose to add watercolour or acrylic ink details

Other Art Materials

Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils for detailed watercolour additions, same colour range as Polychromos coloured pencils
Faber-Castell PITT Pastel pencils for fine detailed pastel work

Daler Rowney Acrylic Artists Ink opaque inks that I use with Speedball dip pens. I usually use this if I want details to really pop or to outline watercolour paintings.

Canson Mixed Media paper a good all-rounder paper that works with most dry and wet media
Canson Bleedproof Marker paper a thinner marker paper that I use for less serious marker drawings (such as quick work done for drawing challenges)
Moleskine Sketchbook medium sketchbook with heavy off-white paper that takes most media nicely
Fabriano Artist Journal small sketchbook with textured coloured paper

Other Canson brand specialty papers
Faber-Castell PITT Artist markers
Prismacolor Premier Art Markers
Sakura Pigma Micron pens
Staedler Triplus fineliner pens

Charcoal pencils & sticks
Assorted gel pens
Assorted watercolour & acrylic paint tubes
Faber-Castell soft pastel sticks
Prismacolor Premier Nupastel firm chalk pastel sticks
Prismacolor ArtStix woodless coloured pencil sticks
Stabilo Pen 68 fine marker pens


Nikon D750 DSLR camera for all photography since 2018
Nikon D700
DSLR camera for professional photoshoots and most studio shoots until 2016
Sony RX-100 Mark III advanced compact camera for most travel photography when travelling light until 2018

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5
Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6

Adobe Photoshop CC & Adobe Lightroom CC for editing photographs and scanned/photographed drawings, as well as for doing digital paintings
Adobe Illustrator CC for design work and digital illustration
Wacom Intuos Pro for fine retouching & editing, as well as for digital drawing & painting

Menik LD-1000 Studio Monolight Strobe Flash Light (3)
Fotogenic Rectangle Softbox (x2)
Fotogenic Umbrella (x2)
Beauty Dish (x2)