My favorite ART supplies

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I get asked a lot what pens and pencils I use. So I thought I'd post an updated 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.…
The less expensive version is the synthetic hair,… this brush pen is similar to a Pentel brush pen.…
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.…

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.…

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.…

I use a blue pencil lead for the layouts, I have a cheap pencil Ive had for years I put this lead in.…

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 site ships SO fast. Definitely my favorite online art supply store.

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elksospen's avatar
Thank you Ryan for sharing  this post i have Staedtler pens which is superfast and also comfortable  for writing .
elksospen's avatar
Thanking you Ryan for sharing your post i have a Staedtler pens which is superfast and comfortable for writing...
elksospen's avatar
Thank you Ryan for sharing  this post i have Staedtler pens which is superfast and also comfortable  for writing .

kigam's avatar
Seriously thinking about that $33 Kuretake. What type of ink would you use for large black areas? And would you use a brush or marker?
Anmph's avatar
Thank you for sharing this!
marciotakara's avatar
hmm. interesting. guess I'll have to give this Kuretake a try. thanks for all the info!
JETurner's avatar
All you needed to say is go to Jetpens and look around. I purchased a nice pencil case from them. Yes, the shipping is fast.
dullpanic's avatar
Mine just came in today and I just ordered 2 days ago :D

So far I'm using the staedtler pigment liner to simply trace over my pencil and using the kuretake to give em some character- fun times.
rentnarb's avatar
Thank you so much for the JetPens link. I've been going nuts asking every art/office store if they have blue lead only to get dumbfounded looks back. I just placed my order!
joshhood's avatar
How long so the bristles(?) last on a pan like that? I've been using some of the PITT pens and they just fall apart on me.
joshhood's avatar
NM. Just saw your response in the comments. Thanks for all the info.
BrattyBen's avatar
I love Staedtler pens!

I'll have to check out the brush pens you mentioned.
I used mechanical for a loooong time, and now I've converted to a lead with lead holder and a little grinder/sharpener. I go with the metal holders and they have a better balanced feel in my hand and are more durable. You can get quite a sharp line with them and it'll last a while, plus you can do all that side pencil drawing to get thicker lines and such.

Thanks for you recommendations!
seangordonmurphy's avatar
Thanks for the list. I buy from Jetpens as well.
ChristopherStevens's avatar
I'll have to give those brush pens a shot. Thanks for the tip.
humawinghangin's avatar
Very helpful Ryan, thanks! :)
FStop231's avatar
This is an awesome post. I ink with a brush, how does this brush pen compare? The only brush pen I've used was a Prismacolor and I was mildly frustrated as the ink took forever to set, how does the Kuretake ink take? Thanks the info again.
powerbomb1411's avatar
How about white, silver or metallic markers? Sharpies are hit & miss for me and I hear paint markers can be runny.
Theamat's avatar
This is great information, thanks for sharing - do you find a particular line of paper works best with these tools? I assume that you're using blue line pro, or something similar, but is there a particular weight that holds the pen ink better without bleeding? Is there a paper weight you like to stick to? Do you use the same grade of paper for convention sketches? What brands do you like?

I'm sure you must feel like you just opened a pandora's box, but I find that what you draw on is just as critical to a piece as what you draw with!

Again, thanks for the info. I've loved using pens, but I've been reluctant to use brushes as I find inks to be a bit messy and temperamental if the mixture isn't just right. Brush pens may give me the look I love without the mess.
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YaleStewart's avatar
Staedtler all the way, man. Not only is the ink decent, but the tips last SO much longer than Microns. I've had Micron tips roll off after a day before. Screw that.
jenmariedraws's avatar
Thanks so much for sharing! This is really helpful :)
Roachguts's avatar
Super helpful, thanks! I've been wondering what you use for a while.
ProphetEKA's avatar
Very cool. = )
Tiquitoc's avatar
I use the Staedtler pens, those are so good, and for the brush, the Pentel brush pen also gives good results, thanks for share, this is a good reference without all the "try and mess" stuff...
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