I have SO MANY drawing pens. All shapes and types, brush pens and hard points and dip pens with a dozen different types of black ink, purchased on recommendations or on a whim or on the quest for just the right style for the comic, for ink that could withstand heavy erasing of pencil under-drawing and resist feathering on imperfect illustration board, and in the pursuit of the finest, thinnest line. Many of these pens were set aside while I drew the comic with the workhorse pens: Sakura Pigma Microns in sizes 005, 01, 03, 05, and 08, plus the Copic Multiliner SP in 003 for extremely delicate details on Iusta’s nose and Felix’s V-o’clock shadow.

I haven’t quite decided whether to stay with the no-nonsense, no-give Microns for Chapter V. Part of me wants to go back to using brush pens. I even toyed with drawing it in pencil. Since my Cintiq suddenly stopped functioning ( ::::weep:::: ), I won’t be drawing it digitally. This month I’m doing an inventory of all the black pens in my pen cases to remind myself of their different qualities.

Here’s one I might have described before, but I’m starting all over to get a new perspective on the collection: the Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen in (no surprise) fine point.

This pen is currently available for US$3.90 from JetPens.

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Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB