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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Pen-tastic!

Alright, as I've been working I've moved from Micron Pens, to pure brush work, to washes with some impressionistic brush marks, to the inevitable combination of all of them.

However, I love love love forever and ever love Brush Pens. I can put a faster line down with them and their portability gives me a really flexible work area (bars, friends houses, in front of my TV, my desk, etc...). That being said, I've been using the Faber-Castell brush pens for a while, but the tips don't last that long and after a while, the ink in the pen breaks down really quickly.

Any recommendations out there on some solid, possibly refillable, brush pens? What tools can't you live without?

18 Comments:

At 4:07 PM, Blogger cloudless said...

I cant live without my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen! Real bristles and works like a charm. Although I refill it with rapidograph ink because I'm too cheap to buy refill cartridges so I hope that doesnt eventually backfire on me.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Avram said...

I'll second the Pentel Pocket Brush. The ink is even waterproof.

I also like the Pentel Color Brush. On some papers it gives a bit of a dry brush effect, and my drawings wind up looking a little like charcoal sketches.

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Mal Jones said...

What kind of time do you get out of them? They look great, but 18.00 for a pen is a nasty thing to face. Do they go the distance?

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger Liz (Baillie) said...

I third the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. It has ACTUAL BRISTLES! Not some cheapo felt brush tip like the PITT ones. I highly recommend it. Plus it's refillable!

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger Troy Little said...

Pentel brush pen!!!!! I've been abusing mine for years and still get a good line. Worth every penny.

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger MK said...

The Pentel is the brush pen of choice. Considerably more expensive per pen than the Pitt ones, but consider this- it comes with two ink cartridges. (At least the one I got, mine was also ~$13-14 at Kinokuniyo) The Pitt pens don't last too long, their tips go, they dry out, etc, so you can either buy like a dozen at a time, or you can get the one Pentel & I have no idea how long it lasts, but it actually resembles using a brush, unlike the Pitt pens.

PS- I have been blogging about this stuff a bit & surveying cartoonists about their tools of choice, at comictool.blogspot.com. And actually, if anyone reading this wants to do one, I could definitely use them.

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Colin Tedford said...

One more for the Pentel, plus a little-known cheapie option (more for other curious folks than for you, Mal): the Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 Duo. It's not as swanky as the Pentel, but it's a disposable that costs about the same as the PITT, has greater line variation, and a pretty sturdy tip. I think they're the best trainer for folks who aren't brush-confident enough to drop the dough on the Pentel or go to real brushes.

The Pentel is the best, though. I find the cartridges go kinda quick but there's no substitute (they make a larger, non-'Pocket' one too, that I haven't tried).

MK: I have a survey for you, I just wanted to fix up my front page before I sent it over...

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger MK said...

Sweet! Thanks Colin! They're taking me awhile to get up lately, so you'll have some time to tweak.

 
At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Tim said...

Well..I personally have used a huge variety of differing pens..each touting thier own specific benifits and so far as of right now, my set of Faber-Castelles rock. To me, these pens do just what it is that I'm looking for in a pen. Now, I'm no expert when it comes to pens and or brushes ( since I don't use brushes ), but after having used rapidiographs..EXP's..thin tipped sharpies..uniballs..and the list goes on and on,I find that these particular pens work great for me.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Jim Medway said...

Just bought a Pentel Brush pen on these recommendations - really nice to use, though will take some getting used to as I would never usually draw with brush. Need to play a bit more before committing to it!

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Joe Chiappetta said...

I use the Faber-Castell pens too a lot, but I do tear through them quickly.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Sarah Howell said...

I too am a brush pen zealot. The one I have though looks a lot bigger and cruder than the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen mentioned by cloudless. Mine is actually sold as a watercolour brush pen, it has no cartridges, I just fill up the body of the pen with ink (art spectrum). My favorite of these type of brush pens is a Pentel, which I haven't been able to find in Australia since.

I've had the pentel pen for nearly two years and it still has a good point.

You can see photos of my brush pens on my blog barleyhush.blogspot.com

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger B2-kun said...

The Pentel Pocket Brush is certainly quite a responsive and portable sketching tool in my art kit. I understand that it might be possible to flip the felt brush nibs on the PITT pens to prolong their service. Zebra 'Fude' pens are also another inexpensive felt nib pen (more rigid than the PITT) that can be found in Japanese stationary stores along with a number of calligraphy brush pens (by Mitsubishi, Pentel, Pilot) suitable for sketching. I just tend to bring along a water-loaded Aquash waterbrush and some cardstock to test if their ink is waterpoof.

 
At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi am doing cartoons on bristol board in black pen /ink.need to color in with brush pen that will reproduce on printer and also scan to publisher of mags.ANY ONE HELP TA!
am on learning curve on computer photoshop progs.prefer old way using colours from pens and doing yerself!
big als cartoons

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Term Papers said...

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At 2:08 AM, Blogger simeon said...

How do I go about re filling the Pentel Color Brush with ink? Where I live the replacement cartridges are very expensive. I tried dripping ink with a syringe through the obvious opening, but it has a backflow valve, which prohibits the steady flow of ink. Is there a trick that anybody out there might know about? Thanks a lot in advance!

 
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