Took a break last night from regular work and just sketched. I've been taking a lot of hikes lately and they have actually been great place to think through projects and other stuff.
Also wanted to post this because I was wondering about some of the tools everyone uses. I have been through number of markers and pens for sketching but wondered about everyone else's experience.
I've used Microns, Rapidograph pens , and a Linemarker A.T pen for fine non-varied lines. For a more brush stroke type of line I have used Pigma Brush Pens, Faber Castell PITT pens, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Copic Sketch Markers and just a small brush with india ink.
For the fine lines, I keep coming back to Microns. With the other refillable pens like Rapidograph and Linemaker, I just don't seem to take care of them good enough. I can treat the Microns like crap and they still create a great line. Moreover, the ink tends to dry more quickly compared to the fountain pens, causing less smearing. Maybe I'm just too sloppy?
For the brush lines. I like the Pigma brush, but it looses it's shape too quickly. The other pens I mentioned worked great too, but a simple brush and india ink creates the most consistent line. It's just too cumbersome to carry around the ink and brush.
What do you guys use and why? Maybe rebound a shot of why you like it. I guess it really comes down to what type of work your doing and how you like to work. Regardless, I think I spend to much money on these things.
Sorry for rambling on!
over 1 year ago
i enjoy using a type of calligraphic dip pen (not sure what the real name is). I find that i save allot of money that way. I must confess the line isn't as accurate and ink blotches can happen, but you get better at predicting the blotch after a while. I also kinda enjoy the unpredictable line it makes sometimes. For the ink, Parker is my favorite hands down. thats my ramble done.!:)
@David Silberbauer I enjoy using a pen with nibs too! Like you said, I like the inaccuracy of it. I run into the same problem as the brush and ink, sometime they are not as mobile as a stand alone pen.
I transitioned from Micron Pigma to Zig several years ago. Will occasionally use a Lumocolor for less detailed work.
@Jason McArtor I've haven't tried the Zig pens yet but I want to.
I recently picked up a Zebra brush pen and I am really liking it. Even more than my Tombow now. If the piece is script, I like to start with the Zebra to make a bunch of comps, and then recreate with pencil and trace with Micron. If it's anything other than a script, I'll just go pencil straight to Micron. Talked a little bit about it in this brief interview.
@Sean McCabe Bookmarked the interview to read later! Looks like you gave me some more things to spend money on :)
I read nike on the thumb.
and I just yelled at work, "JUST FUCKING DO IT!".
This is really good hahaha.
This is super nice.
Awesome. and the detail for a sketch is killer.
@Ryan Putnam The Zig is similar to Micron Pigma. I've felt they last longer and have a little better ink flow.
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