Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Me and My Tools Part II

Me and My Tools Part 2... really?  Who would have thought.

So I'm still reading about stuff that people are using in their art stuff.  Remember how I  love my Prismacolor colored pencils?  Well, I love it then and I still love it now.  However, now there is another item in my arsenal:

The Prismacolor colorless blender
Yes, I'm a Prismacolor convert.  So what the blender actually does is blend your colors to have a smoother look and in my case, to spread the color.  Now, the Prismacolor pencils blend pretty well on their own and before, I blend colors with the use of the white colored pencil and the effect looks ok to me.  But after experimenting with the colorless blender I can't help but think, "Where have you been all my life Prismacolor blender??".  It just retains the vibrant colors better than the white pencil and I have to admit, it's one of the best finds I ever had in my cartooning journey.

And then, since I upgraded my colored pencils, I looked forward to getting a better pen.  I always used ordinary black ballpoint pens in my art, and I supposed I just have to buy a better quality (and more expensive) pen.  Maybe I will luck out and buy a pen which produces less blots and gives a more reliable, even ink.  But I was not happy with that reasoning.  So I had to do research.

My brush pens

In comes the brush pens.  I am going to admit, I just came about them by googling "what pens do cartoonists use"  or something like that so I'm just a crowd follower.  But this is actually a good thing because I'm pretty happy with my brush pens.

Daiso flexi-brush pen 

I'm really, really tempted to hunt down the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen since it has really, really great reviews and it looks like a lot of cartoonists use it.  But alas, being in the Philippines makes it hard to find a store that carries it, the pen is expensive (as expected!) and I'm not sure if it's what I need.  I hate buying stuff which I'm not sure I'll use.  After a few more googling, I came across a post which tells of a great nylon-bristled brush pen sold in Daiso, of all places.

There are a lot of Daiso stores in the Philippines so one trip and 88 PHP less later (around 1.50 USD) and I got the pen.  Thank goodness it was available; it's the only kind of brush pen available in the store and only two were in stock.  And although I came to learn that it looks like it's better for calligraphy use, I am still in love with it and will definitely play around with it.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen -- I still might hunt down for you because I am curious.

Sakura Pigma FB 

When I googled for Sakura Pigma, the reviews are ok.  Not great, not bad, just ok.  But it's the brush pen I chose amongst the sea of brush pens in the local bookstore because of its fine line.  And I need fine lines in my comics because my panels are tiny. 

During that time, I had no idea about brush pen differences.  I don't know what's felt-tipped or nylon-tipped and if their differences even matter.  I am hardly a brush pen expert now but at least I know the difference.  My Sakura Pigma is felt-tipped so there is not much variation in ink width (kinda like Sharpie) unlike the Daiso pen which is nylon-tipped, has much more ink flexibility and has a more "water-y" effect.  I love the feel of my Daiso pen but I have to admit, the Sakura Pigma is better for my cartoons since I need neat, even lines.  Unless there is some kind of trick and style that I still need to learn.

Left: Sakura Pigma
Right: Daiso brush pen

I will still be looking for other brush pens because I might find something better and it's fun to experiment with them anyway.  Plus I would like non-black ones since they look like so much fun.

How about you, how do you ink your cartoons?


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