What Ink Drawing Pens Do You Prefer To Use?

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  1. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    Mine are the Sharpie markers, I've bought lots of them as the colours are very vibrant, although they are more like felt tips and permanent markers, but hey I can draw with them so hey!

    1. Erica K Wisner profile image69
      Erica K Wisnerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I like Sharpies for quick sketches or photocopy-ready art.

      I usually color them with your basic Crayolas, even though that's water-soluble, because I like the range of colors available.  For more control, I use watercolor pencils.

      Sharpies are fugitive, though.  UV will fade them.  (Blue seems to survive longest in UV).  They are also a dye, not a pigment, so they can bleed over time.  You'd need a special barrier paint if you used them on a wall and wanted to cover them later.

      For line art that I want to last in "archival" art, I like permanent, pigment-based markers.  I've found Staedtler's pigment liners reliable, their tips hold shape nicely and the flow is good (compared to other pigment markers). 

      For color, I generally tint the line art with artist's watercolors.  You can often get pens, watercolor pencils, or cheaper mini-trays with the same pigments.

      Hope that helps - I like the topic, and think I'll do a Hub about it with more info. 

      -Erica Wisner

    2. mandybeau1 profile image62
      mandybeau1posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I use either rotring or artline pens.
      I still find that many things just look better, when there is less computer generated input.
      I find that for work that is going to have to be made huge, I use the Rotring,(Less bleed) and the artline rollers for my smaller projects.
      Magic markers are popular too. I used them when I first started commercial art. They were expensive, don't know if they are as popular anymore.
      The idea of using a sharpie, well I just wouldn't go there they bleed into even the smoothess paper. Staedler is for archival use, another expensive pen.

    3. dutchman1951 profile image60
      dutchman1951posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Starret's (Germany)  they are a drafting ink pen, different screw on barrel widths. They load by inserting a cartridge that lasts a long time. Gives pencil like control, solid in the hand, and easy to control the wider barrel openings for thick lines,

      expensive but worth it.

  2. hudsonj1994 profile image60
    hudsonj1994posted 14 years ago

    I like the sharpie pens!

  3. Mike Lickteig profile image76
    Mike Lickteigposted 14 years ago

    I usually go with Sharpies also.  For thin black lines, I will buy the Uni-Ball writing pens that come in two or three different widths.

  4. darkside profile image67
    darksideposted 14 years ago

    I like the feel of a Artline roller ball.

    1. mandybeau1 profile image62
      mandybeau1posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well we agree on something.

  5. Blogging Erika profile image67
    Blogging Erikaposted 14 years ago

    Oh you have to go with the Staedtler!  I have a set of 01, 03, and 05, which is plenty (I don't use fat lines often).  I like to ink first, then do a quick watercolor wash, and the Staedtler doesn't smudge or run.  They're the best!

    Although if you're talking INK ink, then I like the Crow Quill best.  Hard to resist the classics!

  6. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    Cheers all, there are some good pen types that are coming out of this discussion with a couple I haven't heard of so cheers for that, I've used the Staedtler range and they are quite smooth on the paper.

    When I earlier mentioned about Sharpie markers they were mainly for sketching and big areas of solid colour, which I know I can edit out and blend further using Gimp or Photoshop software.

    I'll have to check out the artline roller ball pen as I do like to collect many pens for my sketching toolbox.

  7. Silver Poet profile image69
    Silver Poetposted 14 years ago

    Sharpie markers, Sharpie finepoints (excellent for detail), Bic Markit (basically the same but without the strong hold-your-nose smell).

  8. torimari profile image67
    torimariposted 14 years ago

    Fabrell Castell are my favorite. Don't know if I spelled that correctly.

    1. waynet profile image68
      waynetposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The Fabre Castell are a good range of ink pens and other art materials, although I do highly recommend the watercolor pencil range because I find the colours very good to blend in and mess around with water, but since this is about ink pens then I have just found a great marker pen for artists and it's the Uniball, black of course and I find them the best for nice intricate pen work mainly for line drawings and some quick sketching.

  9. EricTheRed profile image60
    EricTheRedposted 14 years ago

    I consider myself a pretty detailed artist, so I like to have a very fine pointed pen. I love the Zebra series and work solely with the 701 model right now. They definitely give you the option of a nice, pronounced line. You pay a little more for them, but their smooth feel is definitely worth the price. To me at least.

  10. profile image0
    KelciCposted 13 years ago

    Micron Pens! Especially the 0.2, 0.8, and 1 point pens used in combination can get great effects. I tried using the Micron Pen Brush, but the tip keeps splitting.

    However, I find that Sharpies, especially the bold chistle tips, are great for caricatures.

    1. waynet profile image68
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yeah I've got a load of them Sharpie Chisel ended markers, they produce a nice thick marker line!

  11. arabloveline profile image52
    arablovelineposted 13 years ago

    I prefer to use sharpie pen as a hobby i wish to art, sometimes it may be a soft black pencil like Faber Castell, sometime it would be a marker.

    1. Cathi Sutton profile image67
      Cathi Suttonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I prefer the tiniest felt tip, or a very "liquid" tiny, tiny roller ball pen.

  12. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 13 years ago

    Just an ordinary dip pen on watercolour washes, sometimes sticks, sometimes a couple of rough twigs held together with a bit of wire.

  13. RNMSN profile image59
    RNMSNposted 13 years ago

    I still use woodless graphite and crayons....works for me

    1. waynet profile image68
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I've used woodless graphite for rough sketching and nothing beats it really for the draft like quality it creates...

  14. BaliMermaid profile image58
    BaliMermaidposted 13 years ago

    Blendy Pens are great for coloring because, as the name suggests, they can blend - or not blend - different colors together. This result in a very good quality coloring. Another benefit is that blendy pens have a high CPC and keyword ranking so recommending them is good for your reader, your content and thus your search ranking with google and other search engines.

  15. Amez profile image65
    Amezposted 13 years ago

    A Pentel Fine Point, They don't leak and the Ink doesn't run. good point doesn't damage easy.

    1. writerjay profile image68
      writerjayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I like the Sharpee'sbut my favorites are Tombo ABT. The same they don't run, the colors are vibrant, and they have two ends, and they last a long time.

  16. ButtonZ profile image58
    ButtonZposted 13 years ago

    I usually use the following:
    Sharpie the skinny point ones tongue
    Sakura some pens i found at michaels
    Faber Castel i also got those at michaels
    and they all seem to be greatt for inking
    mostly because of the variety in point
    sizes which helps when ur doing really detailed
    artwork.. big_smile

  17. profile image51
    chrisadam2posted 13 years ago

    And you can also use a brush in pen and ink drawings for washes. ... Your ballpoint pen will do fine until you get to the art store. .... by William Shakespeare · Gauging the Golden Rule · Capitalism vs. Socialism.


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    1. grant m wilson profile image59
      grant m wilsonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I started out with Edding 800 series fine-liners but cannot get them anymore! Since then I have used Staedtler and Pilot drawing pen. I look for my favourite sizes: 0.01, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5. What I buy is often dictated by what I can afford!

  18. RDSPhD profile image60
    RDSPhDposted 13 years ago

    Personally i think that the Schneider Visco-Glide pens are the best pens you could get. There's literally no friction when writing and it's a very comfortable pen! I often struggled with uncomfortable pens and even got blisters and cramps but this pen rocks!!
    Check my review here for more infos:

    I also added a review on a super pencil and what I think is the best text highlighter you could get when you have to read/mark huge books big_smile

  19. Painter Penfield profile image59
    Painter Penfieldposted 13 years ago

    I found these really cool black markers at my local art supply store. They are used extensively by the Manga artists. They are from Japan and I believe I paid about $7 apiece for them but they are refillable and come in various point sizes. They sort of remind me of my old rapidograph pen. It's a nice alternative to a sharpie and it is water and copic proof (whatever that means?)The name of the pen is Copic Multiliner SP pigment ink by .Too. I have the point sizes .3, .1 and .5.
    I have used them when I am sketching something on a canvas before painting, or if I need a bit of detail with some black line art anywhere I am working. I'll never go back to Sharpies again, as I am building for a future which has my art which does not decompose in it.


  20. profile image0
    lovazaposted 13 years ago

    I use ballpoint pens when I draw.


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