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This started out as a login for leaving comments. You see how well that worked out...

My media are whatever is at hand. My favorite canvas is printer paper. I got myself an art tablet and a decent desktop, and naturally decided to learn how to sculpt wire. Because I had spare wire.

I write, too. Which is what the blog is about.

I Aten't Dead

Journal Entry: Thu May 12, 2016, 8:07 PM

So I am still here, just occupied by other things. Lately I've been buying all kinds of pens to test/mess around with (I have an idea for some modern-day illumination which may or may not happen) and figured I could share what I've found. These are all less popular pens, and a lot of them are new-ish. (Most of us already know how we feel about Pilot G-2s)

Please keep in mind: I prefer fine points over bold. If you like bold points, some of my criticisms won't be relevant.

It seems that ballpoints are persona non grata of the pen world anymore. I like them, possibly out of nostalgia, so I was delighted to find that there are indeed some nice, dependable ballpoints out there. More expensive than your standard Bic Stix, but worth it:
  • Pilot Acroball: I like this one rather a lot. The ink is dark and even and very smooth, and not once have I had to "start" the thing.
  • Uni-ball Jetstream: Also lovely to write with, though Uni-ball seems to have trouble with their blue ballpoint ink. I've had two of their ballpoints go bad on me, and both were blue.
  • Pentel RSVP: Pentel's ink is noticeably less vivid than the other two, especially for the blue & black, but I don't mind that. If you're trying to do a pen & ink drawing with a ballpoint, the RSVP can give you a range of intensity that the others can't.
Gel pens are popular, but my experience has been hit-and-miss:
  • Pentel EnerGel: Doesn't come in a lot of colors, but I've liked them every time I've tried them.
  • Uni-ball Signo: Saw a couple pen blogs sing their praises and I don't know why. They smear, and the fine point ones seem too bold. One exception: the white Signo is the best white gel pen out there.
  • Pilot Juice: I think these may only be available online (or in Japan), but they are fantastic. They come in every color of the rainbow, and all of those colors are clear and bright.
  • Pentel Sunburst: The only one I've tried is Metallic Gold, but I like it a lot.
  • Zebra Sarasa: I hate this pen. The only thing it's got going for it is the vibrant ink colors. It bleeds and smears and writes unevenly.
  • Pilot Hi-Tec-C: I got this one as a multipen (Coleto), and it's pretty nice. The ink is vivid and it writes very evenly.
Three more that don't fit into the above groups:
  • Uni-ball Vision Elite: This is a great pen. Seriously. I've always liked the Pilot Precise V-5, and this is like a better version: less bleeding, sturdier build, no scratching, & there's a nice palette of colors to choose from.
  • Sharpie Pen: I like it more than I thought I would. The ink isn't very vibrant, but it writes nicely. It bleeds a little, but the ink dries very fast. It has a nice feel on paper, too.
  • Uni-ball Air: This is a horrible pen that should never have left Uni-ball's R&D. It's the sloppiest writer I've ever used, with a wildly uneven line, and it bleeds. The only thing it's got going for it is that it's the sexiest-looking pen I've ever bought.
So there you go. Your mileage may vary!

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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Student General Artist
:iconpartypinkieplz::iconsaysplz:Haaaaaaappy happy birthday to our good friend today!
:iconpinkiestarryeyesplz::iconsaysplz:Here's a little birthday song with something I must say!
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:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:I wish you only happiness, that your life's full of smiles!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:That you and your friends will prevail in any troubling times!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Most of all, I wish for you that you'll have lots of fun!
:iconpinkiegalaplz::iconsaysplz:And share it with all close to you, spread happiness around!
:iconhotbloodedpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:OR ELSE!
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:So let's get down to business now, there'll be no more delays!
:iconpinkiepiecakeplz::iconsaysplz:On to the birthday party, celebrate this joyous daaaaay!
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Yay! We're here, everypony!
:iconhappytsplz::iconsaysplz:Phew, that wasn't long. I told you we could easily make it on hoof!
:iconstyle1plz::iconsaysplz:Speak for yourself, Twi, you didn't have to carry this cake! It's heavy, you know!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Thank you for helping out, Dashie! I couldn't have settled for anything less, after all!
:iconfluttershy-plz::iconsaysplz:Hi... We're here to... wish you a happy birthday.
:iconpinkiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:You said it! Happy birthday!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And what better way to say "happy birthday" than with a cake? :iconcakepinkplz:
:iconapple-jackplz::iconsaysplz:Why, with a real Apple family apple pie, of course! :iconapplepieplz:
:iconderpyhappyplz::iconsaysplz:With a muffin! Yay! :iconmlpmuffinplz:
:iconraritysmileplz::iconsaysplz:But these, while pleasant to give, mean little by themselves...
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:What makes them meaningful are our wishes for you!
:iconpinkiesmile2plz::iconsaysplz:Exactly! And we wish for you to have a perfect birthday and a great year ahead of you!
:iconrainbowdashhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't fear any challenges you might face! No matter how bad it may seem, have faith in yourself and keep on being awesome!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:And while at it, keep a level head and don't lose sight of what's important! Keep the magic of friendship alive in yourself!
:iconapplejackhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Remember your loved ones and friends, an' don't let little things an' worries get you down!
:iconspikethinkingplz::iconsaysplz:We hope that you'll find all you seek and be the best you can be!
:iconrarityjoyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget to respect yourself! You're the best at being you, so stay true to what you really are!
:iconflutterpweezeplz::iconsaysplz:And we hope that you'll be at peace with yourself, too... and that the year ahead will be peaceful for you.
:iconpinkiewinkplz::iconsaysplz:And throughout all that, have fun! It isn't fun if you don't have any, after all, and fun it should be!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Just like today! Party on!
meitetsudrawingtime Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama.
HomeGrownDragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the llama! Heart Love 
Portmeirion Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Student Writer
:cake: Happy Birthday! I hope it's a wonderful one. :party:
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zmorphcom Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope that you have a great birthday and keep up with the amazing artwork! :D
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
:iconpinkiecuteplz::iconsaysplz:Of course, silly! Else it wouldn't be a proper birthday greeting!
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
:iconflutter-shyplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you will not run into any trouble this year and that everything will be as good as it can possibly be.
:icondashissuperhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget that you're awesome! And that we're all your friends! Keep on rockin'!
:icontwilightliciousplz::iconsaysplz:Always keep the magic of friendship within you. May it bring you as much joy as it brings us!
:iconadorablespikeplz::iconsaysplz:And don't ever feel like you're useless or unworthy! Only you have what it takes to live your life, so don't let anyone or anything else get you down!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And of course, don't forget to have fun while at it! And speaking of fun...
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:It's time to party!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
AffinityShy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Filmographer
Happy Birthday!
:iconparty1plz: :airborne:
SynCallio Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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