The Tools Artists Use: Series 3

Today, we attempt to catch a glimpse at where the magic happens. Six artists on Cupick, share with us their sacred spaces and indispensable tools, aspects of the creative process that often get overlooked.

If you’re an artist on Cupick and would like to share your creative process, we would love to hear from you.


Tanvi Karnik is a self-taught artist based in Mumbai, who does not just aimlessly doodle. She does not even call her artworks doodles. She calls them Ink illustrations since she takes a lot of time to patiently create those intricate patterns. A closer look at her artwork reveals that they are very neatly finished and not just drawn in haste.

Aries by Tanvi Karnik

Tanvi uses Staedtler Pigment Liners ranging from nib sizes 0.05 to 0.8. They are the best according to her and she stocks up on 0.05 size specially, as she needs them all the time for all the detailing.

Apart from that she uses Pigma Micron pens which she prefers to use for practice work, moleskine sketches, pattern swatch demos, etc.
For filling bigger areas she uses Faber Castell Markers and Staedtler Markers. If she needs to fill certain areas quickly, she uses the markers. But for her orders and commissions she fills up bigger areas with her 0.8 Staedtler Point Pens. Though it’s time consuming, she adheres to the process to give her work a really good finish.
Coming to color pens, for colouring small areas and to draw using color, she uses Staedtler Color pens that come in a set with a nib size of around 0.2.
For bigger areas, she uses Touch Three Sketch Markers, which are double ended, one for thinner fillings and the other for thicker filling.

Tanvi’s Tools
Tanvi’s Workstation

Visit Tanvi on Cupick to check out more of her work.



Shruti Bhagwat, an artist currently based in Bangalore, grew up in a family where art is worshiped. She has always been eager to learn as many art practices as possible. Shruti loves to work on human centric concept design and finds inspiration from all situations. Doodling or illustrating is like yoga to her before she starts working.

Aries by Shruti Bhagwat

For illustrations she uses pens, crayons, pencils (color as well as lead), sketch pens, calligraphy tools (nibs, brushes) scanner, camera, color papers anything which can be used for creating art..

Papers: News print paper is her favourite.

Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, In design, MS- Paint

Shruti’s Workstation
Shruti’s Workstation and Tools

Visit Shruti on Cupick to check out more of her work.



Christina Baggett is an artist based in Alabama, USA , who knew she would be an artist as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her creative process depends on how distracted she is, and how she feels physically, since she has to work around chronic fatigue, pain and arthritis. If she feels good and is focused, she can complete a simple colored illustration in one day, but more often, she takes two or three days. Especially if it’s a commissioned piece because she wants to make it as good as possible without rushing.

Moonflower by Christina Baggett
Moonflower by Christina Baggett

Most of Christina’s work is a mixture of traditional and digital art. She likes to sketch in pencil, make her ink line art over the sketch, and then scan it onto the computer where she touches up any mistakes. If she decides to color the picture, she does it digitally in Gimp. She enjoys taking scans of real watercolor or paint textures and applying them so that even her digital coloring has a traditional feeling.

Christina’s Workstation

Visit Christina on Cupick to check out more of her work.



Agni Janakiram, an artist and sculptor based in Bangalore, finds trial and error very effective in guiding her through her creative process. Though she wishes she could just look at a canvas and start painting immediately, she likes to sketch her vision out first , plan her colors etc. She does however switch things up and improvise a bit depending on the medium. Most of her best ideas come to her when she sleeps, she says.

Hoot Hoot! by Agni Janakiram
Agni’s Tools
Agni’s Workstation

Visit Agni on Cupick to check out more of her work.



Sara Joseph, is based in Bangalore, where she found her passion for art. Whenever she reads or hears something interesting, it instantly becomes an inspiration for her next work of art. She broods over it for days and starts putting shape to her ideas. Nothing invites her like a blank canvas. She starts adding colours to the canvas and continues till she feels she can see her inspiration depicted on it.

Koi by Sara Joseph
Sara’s Tools
Sara’s Workstation

Visit Sara on Cupick to check out more of her work.



Karl Dmitri Bishop, lives between worlds, but he prefers to call them Cambridge and Bangalore. He believes there is magic everywhere, and would like to harness that through his imagery. Photography is a way of translating the childhood memories he holds so dear. His art is a collaboration with nature and the phenomena of it’s material world trying to bring back an element of our forgotten roots.

Karma by Karl Dmitri Bishop

Karl uses a selection of 15 cameras ranging from the 1920’s to now. His current favourites are his German Gevabox from the 1950’s and his Olympus Trip 35 from 1967 which takes great double exposure.

He only needs his camera and imagination. His mood determines the camera he uses and the rest is determined by nature.

Karl's Workstation
Karl’s Workstation

Visit Karl on Cupick to check out more of his work.


If you’re an artist, or love art in general, Cupick is where it’s at. A great place to sell your work and buy art from talented artists around the world. Sign up here.



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