Monday, January 31, 2011

More tool reviews

Lately, I haven't been loving the brush. I probably just need to break down and buy some new ones, since my current sable brush like one year and 60+ pages old, but buying brushes is SO HARD. And I'm tired of the struggle and hand cramps.

I've never been able to draw with a nib. We all had to give them a try during our first year at CCS. I would scratch with the thing until I wore a hole in the paper and still never get a line out of it. It's just not my thing.

Since these tools aren't doing it for me lately, I've been giving pens a try. These two valentines were drawn with a Pentel Tradio, which has a felt tip that kinda acts like a nib, except with it decides to spray ink everywhere.


In retrospect, these cards probably aren't going to do well. Do people buy Valentines for their pets?


And these sketches were drawn with a Right-Handed Pelikano Junior (which is amazingly comfortable, and they make a left-handed version, too) that I outfitted with a fountain pen converter, and filled with black Speedball ink.

Pen Test

Girls in gouache

The Pelikano inked just fine over gouache, which was nice.

Next I might try drawing comics with the fountain pen, unless the brushwork really does look better? I really can't tell anymore.


  1. I like the pen! Looks really good!

  2. Oh, I was thinking about fountain pens a couple months ago as a possible alternative to the disposable PITTS etc that I use, but bogged down with option overload & stopped looking. It looks like you were able to get at least a little line variation with the Pelikano. Is that difficult? Does the nib have any flexibility, or...?

  3. Hey Colin! The Pelikano has a little bit of flexibility, but it's also fairly wide nib to begin with. I'm actually liking this Centropen better-
    It's really flexible, but only comes with blue ink and I haven't found a converter to fit it yet.