Not mandatory, but highly recommended. Professional animators, comic book artists, illustrators – they all use erasable colour pencils. (Col-Erase) We use these pencils for a number of reasons. For Cartoon Coach, the focus is on character construction, having erasable coloured pencils means as our character construction builds up becoming messier and more convoluted, we can switch colours to understand our own construction better. We might start with blue to create the character mannequin and then switch to red to design the costuming and hair, we may even switch to a 3rd colour if the character is complicated enough to require a third pass before switching to graphite for the final pencil lines. Pencil crayons are not a good alternative, they are very difficult to erase. The ability to erase is key, in between stages we knock back our illustration by erasing the work done so far, not completely, but to a point where it has been lightened enough to build off of. Pencil crayons will make that task very difficult and yield poor results.
To make the best of Cartoon Coach, 1 red and 1 blue Col-Erase are highly recommended to start, but at $0.80 a piece why not get a green and a purple too. Avoid light colours like yellow, I’m not sure what they are used for because you can’t see yellow on a white page.
These pencils are only about $0.80 a piece, and you can find them at Curries, Deserres even Amazon. Although on Amazon, you’ll have to buy a box of 12. Alternately Amazon also features a brand called Ticonderoga, these are listed as teacher’s checking pencils. They work too, but Col-Erase are the standard.