As a professional illustrator, I get asked all the time about the equipment I use and the things that inspire me. Here you’ll find a selection of that stuff I like!

Please note that I’m recommending these products from my own personal experience and they may not fit your taste or working methods.


Is this a complete list of everything you own?
I’ve tried to include as much as possible though some stuff is no longer produced or is out of date. New items and categories will be added over time – to keep up with the latest updates please sign up to the newsletter.

Why do the links redirect to Amazon?
As an Amazon affiliate, if you choose to purchase any of the items via the link, I will receive a small commission for my recommendation. By all means, please feel free to make a note of the items and support your local retailers instead 🙂

Why is the item you linked to not available?
Though I try to keep things as up-to-date as possible, now and then some products may be sold out on Amazon, but should be available elsewhere if you try searching.

Have you tried …?
I’m always interested in trying new and interesting products. If you have any good recommedations, please feel free to send an email.


Nina Cosford is a freelance illustrator based in Hastings, UK.

She has illustrated over twenty published books and has worked with numerous brands including Apple, HBO, WaterAid, TATE, Google, UN Refugee Agency, Radio Times, H&M, Lonely Planet and Netflix. Her work became particularly well-known after she collaborated with Lena Dunham and HBO on the award-winning TV show GIRLS, which sparked a huge interest in the girl-centric zeitgeist of today. She has over 325,000 followers on Instagram and was recently named one of the Top 20 Female Illustrators by Stylist Magazine. 

Nina can often be found people-watching and travelling around the world, whenever possible. Her shelves are filled with travel journals in which she writes and draws on every trip. You can see more of Nina’s travel work on her other Instagram account, Illustrated Adventures and her YouTube channel. She is an ambassador for Caran d’Ache and their Supracolor Soft pencils.

Nina is a lifelong sketchbook enthusiast and after years of searching for the perfect one, she decided in 2020 it was time to design her own! Find out more about it here and follow @ninacosfordsketchbook on Instagram!