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I get asked a lot what pens and pencils I use. So I thought I'd post an updated list of my favorites. I'm a big fan of trying new things, I'm always buying lots of different pens to try out and in my search for the best tools to use for creating comics Ive found these to work the best for my needs.

My number one question that others ask me is "What do you ink with?"

I use Kuretake brush pens. Here's a link to a sable hair brush pen that I love, it's the closest thing to a real brush I've used. It is pricey though. www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-4…
The less expensive version is the synthetic hair, www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-1… this brush pen is similar to a Pentel brush pen. www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-…
The cool thing about these Kuretake brush pens is the refill cartridges have nice ink in them that I use, but if you find you don't like the ink you can get a converter which allows you to put in your own ink. Now I've done this before and I think I used too thick of ink because it gummed up after a few days. So I'm fine to stick with the refills.

The other Kuretake brush pens I use are so great and guaranteed you'll fall in love instantly. They have such a great line to them, and are a great price. This was recommended to me by Cory Walker. The only sizes I use are the fine and extra fine. www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Dispo…

The pens I use for finer detail and with rulers are Staedtler pens. I've messed with Microns and every other type of pen and I think Staedtler's are the best. Darker ink that does not fade that much when hard erasing over them. The only sizes I use are 0.05, 0.1, 0.3. www.jetpens.com/Staedtler-Pigm…

Pencils. I use a mechanical pencil for all my pencilling. I just don't like sharpening, I'm lazy. I do feel I should try a classic pencil and draw how the old school artists did, they'd use the side of their pencils for thicker lines and it's obviously a LOT faster than building up a line with mechanical. Which automatically makes me less lazy since I'm doing it the hard way right now. Heh. So until then, I use a 0.5 for my finished pencils with 2b lead. Which is a softer lead. Most people go with a harder lead. www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Smash-D…

I use a blue pencil lead for the layouts, I have a cheap pencil Ive had for years I put this lead in. www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Stein-E…

Sometimes I use a 0.3 pencil with HB lead for shaping up some of the blue pencil before I use my 0.5 finishes.

And those are my favorites. Also this Jetpens.com site ships SO fast. Definitely my favorite online art supply store. www.jetpens.com/

Ryan
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kigam Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Seriously thinking about that $33 Kuretake. What type of ink would you use for large black areas? And would you use a brush or marker?
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Anmph Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this!
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marciotakara Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Artist
hmm. interesting. guess I'll have to give this Kuretake a try. thanks for all the info!
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JETurner Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All you needed to say is go to Jetpens and look around. I purchased a nice pencil case from them. Yes, the shipping is fast.
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oneintheinfinite Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Mine just came in today and I just ordered 2 days ago :D

So far I'm using the staedtler pigment liner to simply trace over my pencil and using the kuretake to give em some character- fun times.
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rentnarb Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Thank you so much for the JetPens link. I've been going nuts asking every art/office store if they have blue lead only to get dumbfounded looks back. I just placed my order!
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joshhood Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
How long so the bristles(?) last on a pan like that? I've been using some of the PITT pens and they just fall apart on me.
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joshhood Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
NM. Just saw your response in the comments. Thanks for all the info.
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BrattyBen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I love Staedtler pens!

I'll have to check out the brush pens you mentioned.
I used mechanical for a loooong time, and now I've converted to a lead with lead holder and a little grinder/sharpener. I go with the metal holders and they have a better balanced feel in my hand and are more durable. You can get quite a sharp line with them and it'll last a while, plus you can do all that side pencil drawing to get thicker lines and such.

Thanks for you recommendations!
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thanks for the list. I buy from Jetpens as well.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I'll have to give those brush pens a shot. Thanks for the tip.
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humawinghangin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Very helpful Ryan, thanks! :)
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FStop231 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an awesome post. I ink with a brush, how does this brush pen compare? The only brush pen I've used was a Prismacolor and I was mildly frustrated as the ink took forever to set, how does the Kuretake ink take? Thanks the info again.
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powerbomb1411 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
How about white, silver or metallic markers? Sharpies are hit & miss for me and I hear paint markers can be runny.
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Theamat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Digital Artist
This is great information, thanks for sharing - do you find a particular line of paper works best with these tools? I assume that you're using blue line pro, or something similar, but is there a particular weight that holds the pen ink better without bleeding? Is there a paper weight you like to stick to? Do you use the same grade of paper for convention sketches? What brands do you like?

I'm sure you must feel like you just opened a pandora's box, but I find that what you draw on is just as critical to a piece as what you draw with!

Again, thanks for the info. I've loved using pens, but I've been reluctant to use brushes as I find inks to be a bit messy and temperamental if the mixture isn't just right. Brush pens may give me the look I love without the mess.
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JamesLeeStone Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks man!
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YaleStewart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Staedtler all the way, man. Not only is the ink decent, but the tips last SO much longer than Microns. I've had Micron tips roll off after a day before. Screw that.
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jenmariedraws Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for sharing! This is really helpful :)
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Roachguts Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Super helpful, thanks! I've been wondering what you use for a while.
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ProphetEKA Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. = )
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Tiquitoc Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use the Staedtler pens, those are so good, and for the brush, the Pentel brush pen also gives good results, thanks for share, this is a good reference without all the "try and mess" stuff...
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brandondayton Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artist
All your recommendations have been great so far.
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thEbrEEze Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional
Thanks Ryan, I think I've asked you about your pencil before at Comic-con but not about your inking supplies. Good to know.
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ARTofANT Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! Thanks for the info!
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chrismunro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I use the same tools, but I still haven't gotten the hang of the brush pens yet. I switched out the Staedtlers though for Faber-Castell because they started making smaller sizes and they tend up hold up better under my heavy hand.
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Animeshen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm just glad I'm not the only one who pencils in mechenical pencil lol, I've been feeling like I'm doing it wrong. Thanks!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for that. I've been using the Pitt Brush pens for awhile, but after using them on one illo, the tip is gone. Not sure if I'm not turning it enough, or its just cheap. I'll give your suggestions a try.
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RyanOttley Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Pitt pen tips wear out even before the ink runs out for me.
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amtaylor12 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! I've always wondered what you use to get such fine lines. I'll definitely be trying these out.
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mailorderhero Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
You're a saint!
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adelsocorona Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artist
good stuff. i buy from Jetpens OFTEN and yes the shipping is super fast!
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Salvador-Raga Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the heads up!
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JordanLCook Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I think I need some better supplies, so I'll look into some of the stuff you mentioned. Also didn't know about jetpens! Defintely gonna use this site in the future. Thanks for the post!
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oneintheinfinite Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love jetpens I buy I my mechpencils from them because I love to sketch with a .3 size lead and that size is absolutely impossible to find here in houston tx.
We do have little red & black pentels but then the only lead grade you can get is HB so yeah also I never tried inking traditionally but I think I'll try my luck with.

Kuretake Disposable Pocket Brush Pen - Extra Fine
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Staedtler Pigment Liners Marker Pen - 0.1 mm - Black
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KillustrationStudios Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info on the Staedtler pens. I can't stand how much some pens fade when being erased over. I've been trying a brush and ink well. It's crazy hard to control, but you can get some awesome line work out of it, provided you don't rub your hand in it or glob ink all over the place like me.
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Kalegiro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome site, thanks!
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viciousslash Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
As someone who can't ink and wants to learn how, this is very helpful.

I am going to get some of these pens and learn how to be an inking man. Love Invincible and enjoy seeing people break their arms on cyclops'.
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hamzapecenkovic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I just ordered one of those Kuretake pens, I thought maybe I saw Dustin Nguyen using one... Any way, great post!
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ParisAlleyne Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional
Thanks for posting this, I've often wondered what sizes you use for your brush pens after you mentioned them on your twitter
I think I'm gonna go all out and get myself one
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