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June 6, 2012


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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.…
The less expensive version is the synthetic hair,… this brush pen is similar to a Pentel brush pen.…
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.…

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.…

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.…

I use a blue pencil lead for the layouts, I have a cheap pencil Ive had for years I put this lead in.…

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 site ships SO fast. Definitely my favorite online art supply store.

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  • Playing: temple run
  • Eating: Way too damned much!
  • Drinking: GALLONS a month
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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?
Anmph Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this!
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!
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.
ONEintheinfinite Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
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.
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!
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.
joshhood Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
NM. Just saw your response in the comments. Thanks for all the info.
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!
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thanks for the list. I buy from Jetpens as well.
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