I get asked a lot what pens and pencils I use. So I thought I’d post a list of my favorites. I’m a big fan of trying new things, I’m always buying lots of different pens to try out and in my search for the best tools to use for creating comics Ive found these to work the best for my needs.
My number one question that others ask me is “What do you ink with?”
I use Kuretake brush pens. Here’s a link to a sable hair brush pen that I love, it’s the closest thing to a real brush I’ve used. It is pricey though. http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-40-Fountain-Hair-Brush-Pen-Sable-Hair-Refill/pd/3958
The less expensive version is the synthetic hair, http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-13-Fountain-Hair-Brush-Pen-Red-Body/pd/2661 this brush pen is similar to a Pentel brush pen. http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-Brush-Pen-for-Calligraphy/pd/1793
The cool thing about these Kuretake brush pens is the refill cartridges have nice ink in them that I use, but if you find you don’t like the ink you can get a converter which allows you to put in your own ink. Now I’ve done this before and I think I used too thick of ink because it gummed up after a few days. So I’m fine to stick with the refills.
The other Kuretake brush pens I use are so great and guaranteed you’ll fall in love instantly. They have such a great line to them, and are a great price. This was recommended to me by Cory Walker. The only sizes I use are the fine and extra fine. http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Disposable-Pocket-Brush-Pen-Extra-Fine/pd/3073
The pens I use for finer detail and with rulers are Staedtler pens. I’ve messed with Microns and every other type of pen and I think Staedtler’s are the best. Darker ink that does not fade that much when hard erasing over them. The only sizes I use are 0.05, 0.1, 0.3. http://www.jetpens.com/Staedtler-Pigment-Liners-Marker-Pen-0.1-mm-Black/pd/7937
Pencils. I use a mechanical pencil for all my pencilling. I just don’t like sharpening, I’m lazy. I do feel I should try a classic pencil and draw how the old school artists did, they’d use the side of their pencils for thicker lines and it’s obviously a LOT faster than building up a line with mechanical. Which automatically makes me less lazy since I’m doing it the hard way right now. Heh. So until then, I use a 0.5 for my finished pencils with 2b lead. Which is a softer lead. Most people go with a harder lead. http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Smash-Drafting-Pencil-0.5-mm/pd/2412
I use a blue pencil lead for the layouts, I have a cheap pencil Ive had for years I put this lead in. http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Stein-Enhanced-Silica-Pencil-Lead-0.5-mm-Blue/pd/5938
Sometimes I use a 0.3 pencil with HB lead for shaping up some of the blue pencil before I use my 0.5 finishes.
And those are my favorites. Also this Jetpens.com site ships SO fast. Definitely my favorite online art supply store.