5 Great Drawing Pens
5 Drawing Pens I have To Try
“Why are you leaking? Why are you leaking? Don’t bleed, don’t bleed, don’t b l e e d!”
Reveilles of a frugal felt tip investor. Well, perhaps it’s not that serious, but I am known to lament senselessly at cheap ink pens from time to time. Not to say that I do not appreciate a high-quality writing implement. It’s just that sometimes when inspiration hits I just grab the closest thing to me. For more serious and planned projects, of course, I want to pull out the big guns.
Although my arsenal is looking a bit more like an abandoned bunker, I can dream. Can’t I?
So here is a list of pens I would like to have or at least try. I can’t say which is the absolute best until I have actually tried them all. A most reasonable and doable illustrator’s bucket list. I’ve already gotten two out of the way, so just three more to go.
First on my list:
The Sakura Micron are my go to set and they are my hands down favorite for stippling technique or drawing with lots of dots. No bleeding nightmares or leakage which is surprising because I am not the best when it comes to pen maintenance. I leave them in the car, throw them in my bag and sometimes sit on them. So far so good. They have lasted me a long time considering that I use them at least once a week on average. I think they are a good starter set for anyone considering pen illustration.
It’s Faber-Castell and India Ink, what more can I ask for? One of the good things about the Pitt Artist pen is that they are indeed waterproof. Most artist that have taken on a massive ink project inevitably come across pens that claim to be waterproof only to find out the hard way that they are far from it. Not the case with Faber-Castell’s PITT pens. They have an impressive smooth feel to them and can endure long sessions without drying out. You may miss the precision factor if you are accustom to the Sakura Micron Pens, but these are definitely worth a try.
An affordable option:
Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens are nice to carry around for quick sketching when you want to lay down a few thumbnails maybe and add some values later. They are more like brushes or felt tip pens as appose to detailed precision pens. Perfect for concept sketching. Because they are not waterproof the are excellent for blending tones. I think they are a good choice for those that carry a sketchpad everywhere and want to make compositions when out and about (…who doesn’t do that?). Considering how inexpensive they are and how long they last, I think they deserve a turn.
Next to try:
Staedtler’s Pigment Liners are next on my list of pens to try out. The price is too good not to. This pen appears to have a great overall quality. The feel of the pen is said to be comfortable and the pigment bold and dark. The construction of the pen makes for smooth strokes against the paper. The point is sharp but does not clog or blotch. No bleeding and they are reported to last a long time so I will have to pick these up soon.
Last but definitely not least:
Now I have not tried Rotring brand before but having heard such strong raves from my peers I may have to give this one a try. Apparently, it is an ideal tool for detailed technical work. Reliable for the meticulous artist that requires precision and superb quality. The Rotring Rapidographs are a bit pricey, but from what I have gathered, absolutely worth the investment. An early birthday gift for myself, no doubt.
Well, that’s my wish list and I’ve only scratched the surface. Although I appreciate and enjoy a variety of mediums, pen and ink are one of my favorites. Regardless of the artist’s particular style or skill level, the work comes off as bold and captivating. Every line is like a personal signature where you can almost sense the DNA of the artist against the paper. I hope that all of you continue to create magnificent work and if I failed to mention your favorite pen, just leave a comment.
You may have a few that I might like to try. It’s all about the journey and I plan to do a lot more traveling.