I was wondering which pens are best for inking, sharpie/micron pens/others

I was also wondering about inking pens with separate ink to dip into.. Are they like brushes/make cleaner darker lines for inking? are they any harder to work with? any good brands?

thank you
  • Chreck

    Microns are the best!

    Faber Castell has really nice brush tips as well, and of course there's rapidograph if you wanna get super technical. I personally love microns a bunch and they work well with every type of paper and material i've tried them on
  • Craig Robson

    i use: Faber Castell PITT pens (in various sizes) sable brushes with Dr ph martin's ink, a pentel brush pen and some sharpies.

    buy a bunch and try them out, different strokes for different folks (is that a pun?)
  • Jason Carne

    I like Microns too, nice and dark.
  • DOOOM

    I use Microns.
  • Napalm Tree

    If you want a dip pen, try the Hunt 102 nib. I think it's the standard for inking comics professionally. It has a flexible tip that gives you good line variation.

    A good brush for inking is the Winsor & Newton series 7 kolinksky sable brush. Size no.2 would be good.
    I haven't used it a lot myself, but you can get fantastic results with a lot of practice.
  • Handro

    i just prick my finger and start painting. once finished, i scan it and use a color overlay to make it black.

    this too:

    DOOOM said:I use Microns.
  • explodinghead

    Pentel Pocketbrush is nice and nifty if you're happy with one colour.
  • Rockhart

    I really like my Copic Multiliners... a little pricey but I like being able to replace the tips/ink cartridges
    http://www.copicmarker.com/products/pens/multiliner-sp
  • Brock May

    microns & a lot of off-brand pens I find.
  • MetalHand

    Here its a good place to find pens:

    http://www.jetpens.com/
  • Serji Gold

    MetalHand said:Here its a good place to find pens:

    http://www.jetpens.com/

    Thanks for the link. They seem legit.
  • Andrew Haines

    I just tried out some Copic pens and really like them as well. I had a couple packs of the Faber-Castell ones as well, they're pretty good. The feather brush seems to wear out fairly quick though. Either way try a bunch out and see whats best!
  • SxEpwn

    Anyone use these?



    just got some and I cant wait to try it out!
  • Joshy Jetplane

    Serji Gold said:
    MetalHand said:Here its a good place to find pens:

    http://www.jetpens.com/

    Thanks for the link. They seem legit.

    I order from here, they're great and fast.
  • Sam Weinberg

    I haven't used any of the aforementioned pens besides Copic, so I may be out of place to say this, but they are top-notch. Actual photograph of me when using them:

  • bnj

    microns are pretty much unavoidable. they work on everything really well, except on any kind of non-fully dried ink (they sometimes get weird on their own ink, even dry).

    sharpies if the paper allows and your hand is fast enough.

    pentel for small brush pens, watercolor refillable brushes filled with whatever your choice of ink is.

    nub pens arent really my thing, i always end up "etching" with them more than inking. my fault, not the pens.

    ink wise, black magic higgins or sumi for me.
    if youre using sharpies and need to fill in large sections, black pilot ink blends pretty much seamlessly.
  • Dr_Worm

    I prefer Staedtler over microns as they have a few different tip choices.
  • Cutty.

    Faber castel PITTs are my favorite. But like Andrew said, the brush tips wear down insanely quick (I go through two or three a drawing). I've been getting way into sharpies lately, but they bleed and aren't as black as I'd hope. Kuretake brush pens are really nice also (the standard inks not the best, but rumor has it you can buy separate cartridges for better ink). Copics are pretty nice with the right paper, but they take a long time to dry and smudge super easily on slick paper. They do blend really well though, if thats your kinda thing

    SxEpwn said:Anyone use these?



    just got some and I cant wait to try it out!

    crow quills are amazing with some Dr PH martin ink. They take a while to get used to, but once you get the hang of it they're a lot of fun. I just wish I could find a good portable quill style.
  • SxEpwn

    Cutty. said:Faber castel PITTs are my favorite. But like Andrew said, the brush tips wear down insanely quick (I go through two or three a drawing). I've been getting way into sharpies lately, but they bleed and aren't as black as I'd hope. Kuretake brush pens are really nice also (the standard inks not the best, but rumor has it you can buy separate cartridges for better ink). Copics are pretty nice with the right paper, but they take a long time to dry and smudge super easily on slick paper. They do blend really well though, if thats your kinda thing

    SxEpwn said:Anyone use these?



    just got some and I cant wait to try it out!

    crow quills are amazing with some Dr PH martin ink. They take a while to get used to, but once you get the hang of it they're a lot of fun. I just wish I could find a good portable quill style.


  • Cutty.

    SxEpwn said:

    Holy crap. Faber Castell, you sly dogs.
  • Killer Napkins

    I bought this a little while ago (impulse buy) and it has been awesome.. A fountain sumi brush pen with natural hair.
    You can buy replacement cartridges and tips.. But more recently I have tried to reload the cartridges with Speeball Super Black ink.. and still works awesome. Just trying out the speedball ink for the first time.. super heavy pigment black... Although now I am curious about this Dr. Ph Martin's ink you are talking about.

    Regardless this pen keeps an awesome fine tip and can get some super bold lines.


    Downside is.. it costs $45 http://www.jetpens.com/Kaimei-Natural-Hair-Sumi-Brush-Pen-Red-Body/pd/5792 but I think it is worth it.

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