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pen drawing | Britannica

pen drawing, artwork executed wholly or in part with pen and ink, usually on paper. Pen drawing is fundamentally a linear method of making images. In pure pen drawing in which the artist wishes to supplement his outlines with tonal suggestions of three-dimensional form, modeling must necessarily be effected by the close juxtaposition of a series of strokes forming areas of hatching or cross-hatching. Many pen studies, however, are produced with the substitution of tonal washes (layers of colour spread over a broad surface) laid onto the drawing with a brush, in which case the outlines or other important definitions of the figures or landscape are established by the pen lines. See wash drawing.

Inks of various types used in pen studies contribute additional diversity to the final effects. Historically, three types of ink were most frequently used. One was black carbon ink, made from extremely fine particles of the soot of burnt oils or resins in a solution of glue or gum arabic. The finest type of black carbon ink was known as Chinese ink and was the prototype of the modern black India ink. A brown ink popular with the old masters because of its warm, luminous colour qualities was known as bistre. It was prepared by boiling wood soot to obtain a liquid, transparent brown extract. The third important ink was an iron gall, or chemical, ink. Its principal ingredients were iron sulfate, the extract of gall nuts, and a gum arabic solution. It was, in fact, the common writing ink for centuries and was employed for most early drawings. Its colour when first applied to the paper is bluish black, but it rapidly turns blackish and, over the years, a dull brown and tends to disintegrate.

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Pens are the oldest and most popular of all the drawing media of the Western artist, in part because of the variety of linear effects provided by the three basic types of pens and their adaptability to the changing styles of draftsmanship over many centuries. These three basic types are quill pens, cut from the wing feathers of fowls and birds; reed pens, formed and trimmed from stems of bamboolike grasses; and metal pens, fabricated from various metals, especially fine steel. The outstanding master of the reed pen, the Dutch artist Rembrandt, used it often in combination with the quill pen and washes to produce the richly suggestive atmospheric illusionism of his works. The reed pen never had the widespread popularity of quill or metal pens, but for special effects it has served artists admirably; for example, the 19th-century Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in his last years used it in his drawings to produce the blunt, powerful strokes that were counterparts of the heavy brush strokes typical of many of his canvases.

Until the acceptance of the modern steel pen, most Western master draftsmen used quill pens. During the Middle Ages the quill pen was used for the fine delineations of images in manuscripts; its nibs, which can be sharpened to extreme fineness, permit the craftsman to create small linear figures or ornamental decorations on the pages or along the borders of the parchment leaves. This characteristic, combined with the flexibility of the quill point, which responds to pressure for varying the widths of lines or forming accents, made it adaptable to the diverse personal styles of draftsmen from the 15th to the end of the 19th century.

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The development of excellent steel pens by the Englishman James Perry in the 1830s and the mass production by stamping pens from steel blanks led to the metal pen’s supplanting the quill. Nevertheless, artists only reluctantly adopted the steel pen, and most drawings in pen and ink done before the 20th century were still produced with quills. The steel pen is now used for drawing almost exclusively and is available in many shapes, sizes, and degrees of stiffness or flexibility. It has become standard studio equipment of the illustrator, cartoonist, and designer. Pen drawings by such outstanding painters and sculptors as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Henry Moore demonstrate the virtue of the steel pen in producing the sharp linear definitions generally preferred by modern masters.

My Recommended Technical Pens (Fineliners) for Drawing

Updated: 31 Aug 2021

What is a technical pen?

  • A technical pen, also fineliner, is a pen intended for technical drawing for use by engineers, architects and drafters.
  • Technical pens are specialized in creating lines of uniform thickness.
  • Artists, illustrators, cartoonists and graphic designers use these pens for drawing, sketching and concept art.
  • These pens are also great for doodling, writing, signature work and drawing mandalas.

Review for recommended brands of technical pens:

  1. Winsor & Newton Fineliner
  2. Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment
  3. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen
  4. Marvy Le Pen Drawing
  5. Staedtler Pigment Liner
  6. Copic multiliner SP
  7. Sakura Pigma Micron
  8. Uni PIN Fine Line
  9. Edding 1800 Profipen
  10. Pilot Drawing Pen
  11. Zig Mangaka
  12. Zig Millennium
  13. Deleter Neopiko Line 3
  14. Tombow MONO Drawing Pen
  15. OHTO Graphic Liner
  16. Rotring Tikky Graphic

Disclosure: some links in this article are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase.


This guide is aimed for artists. All pens in this article are owned and tested by me, and all drawings were made by me.

At the end of this guide, you will find some pen drawing tips.

1. Winsor & Newton Fineliner

The fineliners by Winsor & Newton have a beautiful, smooth structure, with a long barrel.

Nib sizes: 6

Also available in Cool Grey, Indigo Blue and Sepia for sizes 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 mm.

Winsor & Newton Fineliner


  • Long barrel
  • Water resistant, non-fading pigment
  • Tapered nib

Goldfish with Winsor & Newton


I love these pens; they are smooth and easy to work with.

Unlike many fineliner brands, their structure has a beautiful design.

Their body is longer than most other fineliner brands.

Lovely tapered nib, which gives a better view of the drawing paper.

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2. Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment

The Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen is second to none in that price range. High-grade, consistent and comfortable.

Nib sizes: 8

These drawing pens are lightfast, meaning their ink is resistant to fading when exposed to light.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment

In addition to black ink, Ecco Pigment pens are available in 3 colors: red, green and blue.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment

Winnie the Pooh drawing


  • Wide variety of nib sizes
  • Pigmented ink, lightfast, permanent, Acid-free, archival
  • High quality ergonomic structure


  • No size caption on the top part of the cap

Tree house drawing with Ecco Pigment


The Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment is flawless with superior ergonomic structure.

Highly recommended for any type of art, from top quality drawings to doodling, manga, sketching, and creating coloring pages.

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3. PITT Artist Pen

The Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen is great for graphic designers, illustrators, cartoonists and for coloring.

Nib sizes: 4

These drawing pens produce thick, vivid lines with pigmented, lightfast ink.

PITT Artist Pen


  • Affordable price when buying a set of 4
  • The ink is water-resistant, permanent, odor-free, acid-free, and pH neutral


  • Only 4 nib sizes
  • Actual size in millimeters not written

Tower of Pisa with PITT


In many cases, we use only one or two pen sizes.

SMLE No. 1 Mk III rifle


Like other Faber-Castell products, these fineliners offer quality. They offer limited size range though. They are great for drawing cartoons, comics, manga and drawing mandala.

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4. Marvy Le Pen Drawing

Marvy Le Pen Drawing fineliners are water-based with pigmented ink.

Nib sizes: 7

Marvy Le Pen Drawing


  • Pigmented ink, lightfast, archival quality
  • Fast drying, smudge-resistant, acid free, non-toxic
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


Farm drawing, homage to George Henry Durrie (1820 – 1863):

Farm drawing with Marvy Le Pen


Affordable drawing pens for the art-hobbyist and for drawing manga, anime, cartoons and coloring pages.

When buying a set, you get a quality brush pen besides a nice range of nib sizes.

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Author’s comment:

While with pencil-drawing it is possible to erase mistakes and with oil painting it is possible to paint a new layer, with pen drawing once a mark is made it is (almost) permanent (see tip).

For that reason, it is best to draw the front objects first. If for example there is a tree in front of a house, draw the tree first and then the house.

In this regard, where to start drawing is a matter of a personal preference.


A sand eraser by Tombow exists for erasing pen marks.

Depending on the type of ink and the type of paper, in some cases the eraser will be able to erase pen marks by gentle, continuous friction.

In order not to damage the drawing paper, it is recommended to use an ink eraser sparingly.

Tombow MONO for ink

5. Staedtler Pigment Liner

Pigment Liner technical pen by Staedtler is a quality, disposable pen with indelible, lightfast and waterproof pigment ink.

Nib sizes: 12

According to Staedtler, these technical pens can be left uncapped for at least 12 hours without drying.

*I tested (left uncapped for 12 hours) one of my Staedtler pens (size 0.3), and it works well.

Staedtler Pigment Liner


  • High quality, lightfast pigmented ink
  • Wide variety of nib sizes
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size
  • These technical pens can be left with cap off while sketching or drawing


Sailboat drawing with Staedtler Pigment Liner


With 12 nib sizes and high quality ink, the Staedtler Pigment Liner is a good example for an excellent artist-grade drawing pen.

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6. Copic Multiliner SP

The Copic Multiliner SP technical pen is designed for a lifetime of use.

Nib sizes: 9

Filler & nibs for Copic Multiliner SP can be replaced when necessary.

Besides black, these pens come in 12 colors.

Copic Multiliner SP

In addition to the SP model, a non-SP disposable Multiliner pen exists, and it is cheaper.

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Copic Multiliner


  • Wide variety of nib sizes
  • Refillable
  • Replaceable nibs
  • Durable non-smearing ink
  • A high quality technical pen with a beautiful design and a smooth aluminum body
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


  • Pricey
  • Nibs for small sizes are gentle and can bend if not careful

Car drawing with Copic Multiliner SP


Compared to other technical pens on this review, Copic is significantly expensive.

Its nibs will wear down with time, but they are replaceable.

That said, it delivers with high quality, beautiful design and it is long-lasting.

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Good to know:

With time and use, most nibs will wear down until they become useless.

7. Pigma Micron by Sakura

The Pigma Micron disposable technical pen is a favorite with illustrators and for a good reason.

Nib sizes: 8

These technical pens have a durable ink made of pigments. They are manufactured by Sakura.

In addition to black, these technical pens come in 14 colors for the nib size 0.45mm. Fewer colors for other nib sizes.

Pigma Micron


  • High quality, durable pigmented ink
  • Affordable price
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


House drawing with Pigma Micron


Not that attractive design, but good price and quality ink make the Pigma Micron a favorite for many artists and graphic designers for drawing manga, comics and sketching. Recommended!

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Author’s comment:

If you are on a budget, one technical pen with nib size 0.1 should do the job.

Depending on the brand, size 0.1 can produce fine details and still produce noticeable marks.

Additional (second) recommended size would be 0.5 since it creates bold outlines that are great for drawing coloring pages or cartoon characters.

That said, many brands offer small sets of 3 to 5 nib-sizes at an affordable price.

8. Uni PIN Fine Line

The Uni PIN Fine Line is known for its consistent lines and strong black ink.

Nib sizes: 10

Fade proof and water-resistant Ink.

In addition to black, sizes 0.1 and 0.5 come in 5 colors.

Uni PIN Fine Line


  • Fade proof and water-resistant Ink
  • Affordable price
  • Wide variety of nib sizes
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


Sparrow bird drawing with Uni PIN fine line


Uni PIN Fine Line is another good example for a drawing pen. The nib size is well-written for ease of use.

These fineliners produce well-defined lines, which are great for technical drawing, signature, mandala, and drawing in perspective using a ruler.

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When drawing from imagination (concept art, product design, etc.), you can use a lighter (in brightness value) pen for sketching.

If you are happy with the initial design, you can go over it with a darker pen (more on that later).

9. Edding 1800 Profipen

The Edding 1800 Profipen disposable technical pen is another example for a good drawing and sketching pen.

Nib sizes: 4

Lightfast, waterproof pigment ink.

These technical pens come in 4 colors: black, red, blue and green.

Edding 1800 Profipen


  • Waterproof pigmented Ink
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


  • A bit pricey
  • Only 4 nib sizes
  • Simple structure

Crocodile drawing with Edding 1800


The Edding 1800 is a good pen when it comes to ink quality but they are limited in nib sizes.

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10. Pilot Drawing Pen

Pilot Drawing Pen fineliners are water-based, simple, entry-level drawing pens.

Nib sizes: 5

Water-resistant & light-resistant pigment ink.

3 colors to choose from: black, red and blue.

Pilot Drawing Pen


  • Waterproof pigmented Ink
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size
  • Affordable price


  • Nib size not written on the pen’s body
  • Simple structure

Dalmatian dog with Pilot Drawing Pen


These pens are quite smooth and therefore great for doodling, mandala and writing. Less ideal for fine art drawing or sketching.

11. Zig Mangaka

Zig Mangaka are artist-grade, water-based, drawing pens designed for drawing manga and other cartoon drawings.

Nib sizes: 7

Mangaka is part of Zig Cartoonist, which are products for use by professional, manga/cartoon artists and graphic designers. They are great for sketching, doodling or ANY form of art.

Size 01 is available in 5 colors.

Zig Mangaka


  • Smudge-proof
  • Lightfast water-based pigment, xylene free, odorless
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size
  • Affordable price


Walnut tree with Zig Mangaka


These pens are amazing. Small and lightweight, easy to work with. They feel natural when drawing. Highly recommended!

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Author’s comment:

If you want to learn how to draw ANY tree in a realistic style (with pens):

Go to my easy guide for drawing trees.

12. Zig Millennium

Another great product from Kuretake, the Zig Millennium is a professional artist pen for sketching.

They are part of Zig Memory System, which is a line of products designed for scrapbooking, journaling and card making with water-based pigment ink to preserve for future generations.

Nib sizes: 6

They also exist in 8 colors.

Zig Millennium

These are of archival quality and in addition to sketching, they are great for signature work.

Other than that, Zig Millennium is identical to Zig Mangaka, both in structure and in quality:

Millennium vs Mangaka


  • Acid free
  • Archival quality
  • Pigment ink
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size
  • Affordable price


Flower with Zig Millennium


Another superb pen for drawing and sketching. Great for ANY type of art.

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Author’s comment:

For flower art with pens, like the examples below:

You are welcome to visit my easy guide for drawing flowers.

13. Deleter Neopiko Line 3

Deleter is a manufacturer of art materials for manga artists and cartoonists.

Neopiko Line 3 is another example for a great drawing pen with water-based pigment ink of top quality.

Nib sizes: 8

They come in 3 colors: black, grey and sepia.

Neopiko Line 3

By another, I mean it is identical in structure to Zig Mangaka and Zig Millennium and all three pens have quality ink.

Mangaka vs Millennium vs Neopiko

We Bare Bears pen drawing

As expected from fineliners for manga, they all work perfectly with Copic markers.

We Bare Bears coloring with Copics


  • Waterproof, lightfast and archival
  • Smooth and durable high quality nib
  • Smudge-proof with alcohol-based and water-based markers
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


Pumpkin with Neopiko


This pen is perfect for any drawing style!

Since Neopiko pens are quite similar to Zig fineliners, selecting one over the other is a matter of price.

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Author’s comment:

Some sketching pens can produce both well-defined lines when perpendicular to the drawing surface and less defined lines when diagonal, which gives them another brightness value.

For more control of brightness values, I use pencils for drawing.

14. Tombow MONO Drawing Pen

Tombow MONO are disposable, water-based, pigment ink, drawing pens.

Nib sizes: 3

These pens are quite smooth and their ink dries instantly!

Tombow MONO Drawing Pen


  • Smudge-proof, ink dries instantly!
  • Durable nib
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


  • Only 3 nib sizes
  • Can leave dots while drawing if not careful
  • Simple structure

Country house with Tombow MONO


These pens are smooth which is nice, but if the nib is not removed immediately from the drawing-paper after each mark, it will leave a dot of ink.

Therefore, less recommended for technical drawing.

These pens are great for beginners since their nib is durable and will not bend. And, since their ink dries instantly, there is less chance of smudging.

In addition, they are great for doodling.

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15. OHTO Graphic Liner

Ohto Graphic Liner is a needlepoint drawing-pen with a strong black ink.

Nib sizes: 6

According to OHTO, these drawing pens can be left uncapped for at least 2-3 days without drying.

*I tested one of my OHTO pens (left it uncapped for 24 hours) and it works perfectly.

OHTO Graphic Liner


  • Pigmented ink, waterproof, archival
  • Needlepoint rollerball which does not wear over time
  • These drawing pens can be left with cap off while sketching or drawing
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size


  • Simple structure
  • Will smudge on smooth paper

Cowgirl with OHTO Graphic Liner


Having a needlepoint, makes these pens great for beginners since they are durable. They are suitable for writing and for quick sketches or any graphic design work.

Fun to work with, but will smudge on some types of paper.

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16. Rotring Tikky Graphic

Rotring Tikky Graphic is a quality disposable technical pen.

Nib sizes: 7

This pen has a great grip and it is very comfortable even after long sessions of drawing.

The ink flows smoothly and consistently.

Rotring Tikky Graphic


  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Waterproof pigmented ink
  • Caption on the top part of the cap to quickly find the desired size
  • Good for filling large areas


Crow with Rotring Tikky Graphic


For artists that like pens with flowing ink, this pen is perfect.

While flowing ink is great for smooth drawing and filling large areas, it is not that great for accuracy or for beginners.

If the pen is not quickly removed from the drawing paper, it will leave a stain of ink, especially for bigger nib sizes.

It takes a while for the ink to dry (compared to other brands on this review) and therefore it will smudge if not treated carefully.

Not idle for technical drawing or drawing in perspective using a ruler (the ruler will smudge the ink and create a huge mess).

Ink is dark and beautiful but not good for writing on cheap paper.

With a thick, non-absorbent paper, this technical pen is great.

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Pen Drawing Tips

Light pens:

A light fineliner can be used to create concept art, product design or a quick sketch from observation.

Once the result is satisfying, you can go over it with a black fineliner.

For the final render, you can use marker pens.

If you like drawing from direct observation, visit my still life composition guide.

Straight lines:

Because pen ink is not erasable, it is best to practice drawing straight lines.

In order to draw straight lines, do not use your wrist.

Instead, draw while moving your shoulder and elbow.


  • 1. Fill some pages with straight lines.
  • 2. Draw sets of two dots and then draw lines between them.
  • 3. Draw a dot and draw some lines over it.


When you have a mistake, do not try to fix it.

Too many lines with a pen will look bold and will grab attention. Continue drawing disregarding the mistake.


Make sure your pen’s cap is firmly closed, to make sure the ink will not dry.

Water-Resistant & Lightfastness Test

I drew some lines for most pen brands I have, in order to test their resistance to water.

I used a synthetic brush with water.

As expected from top quality pens, all lines are still in their original shape with no smudge.

The most rich and strong blacks (Uni Pin, Ohto, and Rotring) released a bit of color to the surrounding area.

Lightfastness test:

I hanged this paper in direct sunlight for a week, and all pens passed the test.

The next example is my drawing of Tintin, after a year of direct sunlight.

Marker colors are faded and desaturated, while technical pen marks are still bold and in perfect condition.

Before & after exposure to sun


There is a large selection for recommended brands of technical pens & fineliners. Some are designed for any type of drawing or sketching while others are suitable for writing, signature work or hobbies like doodling and mandala drawing.

Technical pens are also suitable for drawing cartoon characters combined with artist-grade markers.


  • Pressing hard with a technical pen while drawing can scratch the paper sheet and damage it.
  • Some technical pens have a thin and gentle nib, especially the small sizes, which can bend if pressed hard.
  • It is recommended to store your pens horizontally.

Keep in mind:

Another tool for drawing and sketching anything, anywhere, is a mechanical pencil.

The advantage of a mechanical pencil is that mistakes can be erased.

The advantage of a technical pen is that it is permanent and it does not smudge.

To learn more on how to use mechanical pencils, visit my how, when & why to draw with a mechanical pencil guide.

Where to go next:

For more actual drawings with these pens, visit my tutorial on how to draw depth. It highlights 15 proven methods to add depth, including many examples.

The technical pen brand review and drawings were made with technical pens owned by me.

Basic Pen and Ink Techniques

Pen and ink drawing describes the process of using pens to apply ink to a surface.  There is an endless amount of pen and ink techniques.  On this page, we will cover the basics of pen and ink drawing techniques, tools, and materials. Some of the materials you may need to create an ink drawing include ink, drawing pens, various nibs, graphite pencil, eraser, paper towel, a paint brush, and a drawing surface.

Drawing with pen and ink allows the artist to create strong areas of contrast.  Most ink drawings are completed using black inks on white surfaces which leads to heavy contrast in value.  Many artists choose to exploit this contrast. Others, however find it difficult to create gradations in value for this reason. 

The following video features excerpts recorded from a 2 part Live Lesson series on drawing with pen and ink. The full lessons (1 hour each) are available to members.

Several techniques of layering marks are used to create the necessary transitions in shading.  These techniques include hatching, cross hatching, random lines, and stippling.  (Each of these techniques are explored and demonstrated further down this page.)

One appeal of drawing with pen and ink is the clean, finished appearance that can be created. Preliminary drawings can completed using graphite and then drawn over using ink.  When the ink has dried, the graphite can be erased, leaving a “controlled” high contrast image.

Pen and Ink Techniques

As mentioned before, there are an endless amount of pen and ink techniques. There are however, a few that are used more frequently and are considered to be the standard for drawing with pen and ink. 

How to Draw With Pen and Ink

Drawing techniques used with ink can be as varied as the artists that use them.  There are, of course, a few that are used with some frequency.  Let’s take a look at each technique in detail…


Hatching is a technique used to add value in a linear fashion. The lines used in hatching mostly go in the same direction for a defined area. When hatching is used, the lines do not cross over each other. (Although cross hatching can be used in combination with hatching)  Hatching lines can be parallel or they can be used as cross contour lines to help define the form of the object. The closer the lines are to each other, the darker the value.  The more space between the lines, the lighter the value. 

Cross Hatching

Cross hatching is just like hatching except that the lines cross over each other. The more that the lines cross, the darker the value.  Cross hatching can be used with rigid straight lines or as cross contour lines to define the form of the object.

Random Lines

Lines going in various directions can also be used to create pen and ink drawings.  By changing the frequency of the crossing of the lines, you can control the range of value produced. Using this method can also create a variety of different textures.


Stippling is adding countless dots to create the value of the drawing. The higher the concentration of dots, the darker the value. The more space between the dots, the lighter the value. Stippling may be time consuming, but it allows the artist to have complete control the application of value, which can produce highly realistic results.

Ink Wash

Ink wash is the application of ink with a brush. Ink wash is much like painting with watercolor paint. The more water, the less intense the application of ink. Therefore, value is controlled by the amount of water added to the ink prior to it’s application to the surface.

Although many may disagree with me, it is may opinion that you should never mix methods. Pick a technique and stick with it. It will make your artwork unified.

TYPES OF PENS for Pen and Ink Drawing

There are variety of different types of pens for pen and ink drawing.  Traditional ink pens consist of a shaft with an interchangeable nib.  These nibs serve as a temporary reservoir for the ink.  These pens are sometimes referred to as dip pens because the user will dip them into an ink well to retrieve the ink.  Different nibs make different widths of line.  When using dip pens, it is advisable to pull the pen to make marks as pushing the pen could result in splatters. Be sure to clean your nib after each session as dried India ink is hard to remove. Speedball 10 Pen Nib Assorted Set

Another type of pen for pen and ink drawing is called a technical pen. Technical pens, unlike dip pens allow for movement in various directions without fear of splattering.  Some technical pens have a reservoir built into the pen that can be refilled with ink, while other technical pens are disposable.  Refillable pens are more expensive while disposable pens are logically less expensive. 

Koh-I-Noor Rapidosketch Technical Pen Sets 0.25 mm

Some pens used for pen and ink drawing techniques feature a brush tip.  A variety of marks can be made these pens that cannot be made with pens that have a defined nib or tip.

Pentel XFL2L Scientific Brush – Medium Size

SURFACES for Pen and Ink Drawing

Pen and ink drawings are mostly created on different types of paper. The tooth, or texture, of the paper can effect the marks that are made by the pen. Most artists prefer to work on smoother surfaces to create detailed ink drawings. Learn more about drawing papers here.

Bristol paper is a smooth surfaced paper that is heavier than regular drawing paper. Bristol paper tends to be a popular choice for pen and ink drawings because of it’s characteristics. Another popular choice for ink drawings is cold press illustration board. Although the tooth of cold press illustration board is generally rougher than Bristol paper, the thickness of the board adds more stability.  Some artists combine pen and ink drawing with other media, such as watercolor.  In these cases, the second medium may influence the surface chosen.

The Best Pens to Draw on Skin for 2021

We have several reasons to use non toxic pens for skin. Surgeons use it to draw outlines of incisions they need to perform. Some doctors use it to identify targeted areas of the skin that need treatment. Professional tattoo artists use markers for drawing on skin before using their needles to make the final tattoo.

In some situations, people use it to draw temporary tattoos. Children and adults use them in skin artwork and drawings for different occasions. No matter what the purpose is, it is important to confirm that these are the best washable markers for skin. Professionals, amateurs, and even family members need to know the best pens to draw on skin. This article will help you make that decision.

Best Pen to Draw on Skin Reviews

1. BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers

Temporary tattoos are in demand today. People want to draw artworks on their skin but do not want them to be permanent. Some regret having a permanent tattoo on their skin if the design turned out differently from what they expect. This is the main reason temporary tattoos became popular.

Whenever I need a complete set of skin markers to use, I make sure to have a set of BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers. Having a complete set of primary colors and shades is crucial to consider for every artwork.

This is what I like with this tattoo marker set. It includes 8 markers of different colors and shades. Not only does it have a complete set of colors, but also included in the set are stencils of beautiful images to inspire every user and a look book as a guide.

Professionals and amateurs alike will appreciate the lookbook by Miryam Lumpini. She is an international tattoo artist and painter. Her look book includes drawing tips, tricks, and ideas in creating works of art using these pens.

You may ask if these are the most beneficial pens for drawing on skin? I believe it is one of the best to use for temporary tattoos. The pen tips are flexible in drawing fine lines and broader shades in one pen. It is a complete set with stencils and a look book to guide you in your drawing projects.

But like any other tattoo pen, precautions and guidance must be considered when allowing children to use it. Children below 13 years of age are not allowed to use it. Do not use it on irritated or broken skin, and near eyes or lips.

Whether it is for personal use or special occasions like sporting events, parties, and festivals, this marker set will deliver the type of cosmetic quality you need.

On the other hand, although the ink is high-quality, it might require several washes to remove it from your skin.


  • Offers a complete color set to add variety of colors
  • Comes with stencils and look book for easy drawing
  • Washable with soap and water
  • Complies with cosmetic regulations
  • Flexible tip for fine and thick lines
  • Water-resistant


  • Ink is washable but removal may require several washes

Temporary tattoos can still look like genuine tattoos. Using BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers can do just that. With its set of pens of bright and colorful inks, your temporary tattoos will stand out among the competition.

2. Viscot Mini XL Surgical Markers

Most medical practitioners like surgeons always use the best pen to write on skin. They need pens and markers that will remain visible after scrubbing the skin with prep solutions before actual surgery or treatment.

This is where Viscot Mini XL Surgical Markers come into play. Their role is quite crucial since every surgery needs accuracy and reliability.

This type of surgical marker was formulated with inks to last ten (10) times longer compared with regular skin markers. Viscot Mini XL Surgical Markers are proven to remain visible and clear after standard preparation and scrubbing made on the skin.

It was a common problem before that surgeons needed to remark on the patient’s skin after thorough preparation for plastic surgery procedures, thus a need for a long-lasting and reliable marker.

Our friends in the medical field need these types of markers because they are reliable and meet recommendation standards set by the Joint Commission Protocol for Correct Site Marking. I amsure it is a critical factor to take note of when choosing the best markers to draw on skin.

Skin drawings and outlines are common in plastic surgery preparation. A long-lasting and highly pigmented marker that can withstand basic skip preparation is indeed a necessity.

On the other hand, these pens can also be used to complement other color pens for temporary skin tattoos and drawings. They may be designed and formulated for surgeries but their quality and use may be suitable for some tattoo preparations or drawings.

But if you are not a fan of creating intricate details on your skin, this wouldn’t be a great option for you as this set only includes small-sized pens.


  • Last ten times compared with regular skin markers
  • Comes in a set of five pens
  • Remains visible after standard skin prep before surgery
  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for producing solid and dark lines


  • Small in size, designed for skin drawing accuracy

Long-lasting and reliability are factors met by Viscot Mini XL Surgical Markers. It may be small in size but the compact design lends a comfortable grip as well as hassle-free and accurate applications.

3. Inkbox Temporary Tattoos

There are many reasons to consider when choosing the right type of formula that is safe for your skin. This is true when we talk about realistic but temporary skin tattoos.

People have their freedom of expression and they choose to do it artistically on their skin. They want the real deal similar to the permanent tattoo but do not want the regret whenever the design or artwork went wrong.

Such factors to consider directed people and celebrities to opt for genuine-looking temporary tattoos. Inkbox Temporary Tattoos have been meeting the requirements for quite some time. With their patented “For Now Ink”, Inbox revolutionized the industry of temporary tattoo art.

This ink lasts one to two weeks in your skin and fades away while your skin regenerates naturally. What I like about this product is that you do not need a pen to draw your temporary tattoo. Artwork designs are readily prepared for adhesion to your skin. It is easy to apply and looks like a real tattoo.

The ink they use is plant-based and ingredients are cruelty-free. The application is painless because it is like a sticker with ink that sinks in your epidermis or skin’s top layer. 24 hours after application, the ink in the skin becomes dark blue or black and will last 1-2 weeks.

However, since the ink is made out of pure and top-quality components, designs that are made with these pens might be hard to adjust once applied.


  • Plant-based ink
  • Easy to apply and realistic tattoo
  • Lasts up to two weeks and gradually fades
  • Cruelty-free ingredients
  • Has over 4,000 designs to choose from their catalog
  • Does not contain Para-Phenylenediamine or PPD


  • Fixed designs and cannot be altered

The use of plant-based ink and cruelty-free ingredients make Inkbox safe to use on skin. It may last up to two weeks and there is nothing to worry about because it is non-toxic and fades away gradually. I would recommend this product if you need a temporary tattoo that looks real and fascinating.

4. LabAider Surgical Tip Skin Marker Pens

Surgical-grade skin markers offer a great deal of safety, especially on the operating table. The same level of safety is needed for sensitive skin.

Furthermore, another level of safety is achieved whenever manufacturers consider the health of the handler or the one handling these pens. These are benefits that remind me of LabAider Professional Surgical Skin Markers.

These medical-grade surgical skin markers are individually sealed, bacteria-free, and clean. Because these pens are sterile, using them before or during a surgical procedure is very safe.

The plastic handles are made of 100% BPA-free (Bisphenol A-free) plastic. BPA is an organic compound used in some plastics which are harmful to human health. You can use these surgical skin markers with peace of mind in terms of bacteria contamination or infection.

Accurate drawing is very important in every surgical prep and procedure. With these markers. you can easily draw precise outlines and figures with their 0.5mm and 1.0mm tip sizes. Aside from surgical uses, LabAider Professional Surgical Skin Markers can be used for eyebrows and other skin markings.

The minor downside of these pens is that they can’t be used for creating fading effects as their tips are very tiny.


  • Sterile components, Bacteria-free
  • Uses BPA-free plastic handles and natural gentian ink
  • Waterproof and sweatproof
  • Long-lasting
  • Designed with fine nibs for accurate outlining


  • Fixed tips (0.5mm and 1.0mm), cannot draw wider lines in a stroke

If you need sterile skin markers or non toxic markers for skin, these are the pens to use. Their uses are not limited to surgical procedures. You can use them on temporary skin tattoos, on your eyebrows, and other temporary skin markings or drawings.

5. BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers

BIC BodyMark markers are known for ink durability, vivid colors, and long-lasting. But this particular type was designed for Halloween festivals and activities that is why you get three (3) markers in vivid red, black, and orange colors.

What I like about this set is that it has a complete skin drawing paraphernalia to complement your Halloween occasion. Your themed designs will never go wrong because of the specially prepared pen colors and the addition of four stencils to create the most popular designs during Halloween.

So if you are thinking of artworks like a pumpkin, skull, spider, and spider webs, you can easily have them on your skin using the included stencils of such designs. It is a worry-free set for the occasion.

However, the downside of this set is its limitation of use to Halloween themes and other similar occasions. Having those three colors for a regular occasion might suggest a sad and spooky atmosphere.


  • Designed for Halloween occasions
  • Flexible tip for thin and broad lines
  • With Halloween themed stencils
  • Cosmetic quality and long-lasting colors
  • Pack of 3 markers in red, black, and orange

If you are preparing for Halloween and planning to draw on your skin a realistic and spooky look, then this set will suit you best. Just make sure to use these markers on children age 13 and up. Wash it off after use with soap, water, and mild scrubbing.

6. Hildbrandt Tattoo Skin Scribe Pens

Hildbrandt has been supplying the tattoo industry with various tattoo paraphernalia for over a decade now. They can confidently say what is best for their customers in terms of skin markers. Hildbrandt Tattoo Skin Scribe Pen Dual-Tip Marker is just one of them.

This set is available in three colors – blue, black, and red. It can also be bought in a 5-pack set or individually. They are safe to use.

Whether you are a tattoo artist or a beginner in the industry, no doubt you will highly appreciate this set. If you are an aspiring tattoo artist, this tattoo skin scribe pen would be a great tool to practice your skills.

If you are fond of creating intricate lines, fading effects, and light shading on your skin, this would be a good selection. It does not bleed and spread easily. The colors are undoubtedly cohesive and long-lasting.

It also features dual tip pens that are easy to use. Whenever I use this set, I do not experience complications and hassle as they are clog-free.

Moreover, if you are in the medical or dental industry, this is an excellent selection. This pen, just to make it clear, mainly works for piercing, marking, and surgical tattooing.

The drawback of this set, however, is it dries out quickly when left uncapped for a long time.


  • Dual tip pens for versatile applications
  • Long-lasting ink
  • Resistant to medical prep
  • Ideal for the medical, dental, and tattoo industry
  • Provides fine lines without bleeding


  • Dries out quickly when left uncapped

Despite that issue, I must say that this set is still worth the buy. It is a set of decent pens that is truly multifunctional and reliable.

7. Alex Spa Sketch Sparkle Tattoo Pens

If you wish to exhibit your skills in making temporary tattoos, this set of Alex Spa Sketch and Sparkle Tattoo pens might be a great selection. This set includes all the things a girl could want to show off their drawing and tattooing skills.

This set includes a collection of stylish colors – silver, purple, pink, orange, and bluish green. Girls will fall in love with these fascinating colors!

Gel pens, six washable tattoo pens, and six stencil stickers are also present in this set. These additional art tools make this set worth the purchase.

The stick present on stencils can be used to trace amazing designs. They can be peeled off and colored. Girls will truly love the chic results that this set would give.

Designs can be very easy to execute with these pens. Whenever I make designs and experimental tattoos on my skin and make some mistakes, it is not hard for me to correct it as the ink can be washed easily with just water and soap.

If you are a parent and you want to teach your child about making art on their skin, you can rely on this set of tattoo pens. These pens are safe to be used by children that are 8 years old and older.

Although it is mainly designed for children, an adult just like me enjoyed using this. I can also rely on these pens whenever I want to enhance my friend’s permanent tattoo.

The minor issue, on the other hand, is that they tend to wear off quite easily with sweat.


  • Can safely be used by children as young as 8 years old
  • Ink washes off easily with soap and water
  • With 6 washable pens and 6 stick-on stencils
  • Sparkling ink
  • Set of six different color tattoo pens

Therefore, this set of tattoo pens is still a great choice especially for children who want to practice and exhibit their designing, drawing, and tattooing abilities.

8. BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers

If you’re thinking of doing art on your skin, of course, you’d want to use high-quality ink that gives excellent color results. Fortunately, this 8-pack set of BIC BodyMark temporary tattoo markers allows you to achieve different types of skin designs and tattoos!

This set comes with black, red, blue, brown, green, purple, light blue, and pink-colored markers. All of these colors provide a vibrant effect that truly catches your eyes.

These colors give off a vivid effect on the skin and they last for a long time. If your goal is to practice art on your body, no doubt this is the kind of quality that will truly satisfy your artistic desires.

I love how these tattoo pens allow me to create ultra-thin designs on my skin. Whenever I want to perform some intricate details, I can easily rely on these tattoo pens.

Furthermore, these pens are reliable whenever I attend children’s parties, Halloween, and other special celebratory times. I can just use this to have fun with other children and even with other adults!

These tattoo pens are generally safe for the skin. If you are a parent, you can let your children safely play with this set without worrying.

The downside, however, is that they do not go well with people with highly sensitive skin. If your skin easily reacts with foreign components, this set might cause you mild skin problems.


  • Fixed fine tip for thin lines and detailed drawings
  • Complies with Cosmetic Regulations, cosmetic-quality ink
  • Vibrant and long-lasting color
  • Set of six (6) colored pens and 3 stencils
  • Inks are durable and do not smear
  • Money-back guarantee


  • Not that advisable for people with sensitive skin

Anyhow, this 8-pack set of tattoo markers is still a great buy because of the long-lasting effects and vivid colors that it provides.

9. Ownest Surgical Skin Marker Tattoo Pens

Skin markers play big roles in the medical and tattoo industries. Accurate drawings and outlines that stay visible serve as a framework for a successful surgery for doctors and work of art for tattoo artists. However, not all skin markers are medical grade and hygienic.

Medical grade markers have become the norm for professionals both in the medical field and tattoo artists. Of course, safety and satisfaction are of prime consideration in these areas of expertise.

Several physicians and tattoo artists trust Ownest Surgical Skin Marker Tattoo Pen because of its medical-grade plastic handle, and non-toxic gentian ink which is medical grade as well. But of course, sterility and non-toxicity are useless without versatility and durable performance.

I agree with doctors and tattoo artists that these pens can accurately draw fine lines with their dual-tip of 0.5mm and 1.0mm. Such fine tips can accurately draw outlines and markings for eyebrows during permanent makeup. It is waterproof and does not easily fade.

Included in the package are two pens that can easily be wiped off. The rest are also washable but more durable than the two (0.5mm and 1.0mm single tip pens). So it is best to always read the labels before using them. Included in the pack of 6 pens are two double heads and all pens come with a paper ruler for easy use and reference.

Having a set of six pens that can be used for varying purposes adds versatility to this product. You have two pens which can be washed off easily. One 0.5mm tip and the other one is 1.0mm tip.

The only downside of these pens is the fixed tips that are limited to fine lines and fine borders and not for heavy shades and wider marks. Most markers with flexible tips can perform these such shades and marks.


  • Ideal for marking eyebrows
  • Water-resistant
  • Available in different nib sizes for various line widths
  • Medical grade plastic handle and ink
  • Individually packed and sterile


  • Ink cannot be easily removed by one washing (two of the 6 pens are easily washable)

The rest of the markers are semi-permanent to resist standard medical prep to remain visible after each cleaning procedure. Being medical-grade ensures that these skin markers can be used safely on skin both as surgical markers or temporary tattoos.

10. Toysmith Ink-a-Do Shimmery Tattoo Pens

Our children deserve to use safe and enjoyable skin markers. We must make sure that their activities are fun and enhance creativity.

If you need peace of mind while providing an artistic workshop for your party or activity, you should consider using Toysmith Ink-a-Do Shimmery Tattoo Pens. These are non-toxic markers and safe to use by children as young as 6 years old.

However, providing creative and enjoyable activities is very challenging. But one of the best ways to do it is to enhance their imagination with various drawings and colors. Artistic expressions and skin artworks are also very exciting.

Whenever we organize activities for children or even for adults, using these tattoo pens will deliver surprising results the safest way.

Children and adults alike will enjoy using these colorful, shimmery, and washable tattoo pens. A package is prepared to be used in small to medium crowds.

Included in the package are 2 sets with 6 different color pens per set. Each set has 3 stencil sheets which you can readily use for every occasion.

The tattoo designs on stencils sheets are very artistic and look real. Using the pens will add emphasis to the design. But even without the stencils, just the pens themselves can create numerous colorful artworks and designs your children will love.

However, because these are shimmery pens, they only look good with girls. Boys wouldn’t appreciate these colors that much.


  • Non-toxic and safe to use for ages 6 and up
  • 2 sets of 6 pens with 3 stencil sheets per set
  • Ink can be washed off easily
  • Shimmery colors
  • Stencils look genuine tattoos


  • Not advisable for boys because of its shimmery design

Nevertheless, it is one set that young children will enjoy, while parents and guardians can easily wash them off with wet wipes, or with soap and water.

What to Look For When Buying a Pen to Draw on Skin

The following are factors to consider when buying markers. Priority to these factors will depend on the type of use and environment where it will be used. Some people use them in their medical practice while others use them as part of their tattoo services.

On the other hand, children may use it in school or just for fun. While adults use it in most festival activities. Whichever the case, these buying guides will let you know which to consider.

Ink Quality and Durability

Ink type should first be considered for temporary skin tattoos. The ink should flow continually without skipping and smearing. Check for the label for ink durability and fastness or its ability to maintain its color before fading away.

If you are going to use it for surgical procedures, make sure it is resistant to standard medical preparation. Non-toxic substances for both the handle and the ink provide a worry-free skin drawing.

Tip Size and Flexibility

Making temporary skin tattoos need markers with more flexible tips to create fine to wider lines in one pen. Fixed tips are for drawing fine lines and marks consistently. Doctors need them to draw skin outlines or markings with precision and accuracy.

Sterility and Medical Grade

If you are going to use a skin marker in a sterile environment like in a surgery room, make sure it is bacteria-free and individually wrapped. Choose finer tips from 0.5 to 1.0mm to make finer lines and accurate drawings on the skin.

The ink quality must be long-lasting, and tough enough to remain clear and visible after a standard cleaning or medical preparation.

Set or Package Inclusion

Manufacturers always know what is best for their customers. They see to it that you get what you need. Whether you are a doctor, a tattoo artist, or a skin art enthusiast, they make sure to provide you with the set that is best for you.

Always check for the package inclusion for the number of pens, types of colors, or stencils you might need. Some offer even a lookbook for tips and guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Safely Draw on Your Skin?

If you have sensitive skin, carefully check for the labels for precautions and allergic substances. Immediately discontinue if irritations and allergic reactions occur. Cleaning your skin will provide not only durable adhesion of skin markers but also extra safety in checking for skin problems before drawing.

What Pens can You Use to Draw on Skin?

Medical grade or bacteria-free skin markers offer the best safety for your skin whether you use it medically or as a temporary skin ornament. Pens with durable and consistent ink flow will deliver accurate lines and drawings. Choose skin markers with non-toxic inks and substances.


The human skin is the largest organ of the body. Also, the part is exposed to various pollutants and allergens. It is therefore very important to choose wisely the best pens to draw on skin.

Always check for the labels and precautions on the packaging to make sure if the markers are non-toxic for a worry-free skin drawing. Never use any markers for broken or irritated skin. Immediately discontinue using a marker if irritation or allergic reaction occurs.

Drawing on skin requires accuracy and ink durability. Checking for the appropriate skin marker tips and consistent ink flow will provide you with the precision you need. Moreover, the skin markers’ sterility and ink fastness will give you peace of mind for skin safety and care.

Art Supply Debate: Pens vs. Pencils

Stop erasing and get a lot more done

The basic pen vs. the pencil — it’s an age old art supply debate in the creative community. Which is the best for an artist just starting to draw or looking to improve?

In so many cases, pens and pencils can be used together to make a noteworthy sketch or piece of art. But for beginners or students still gaining confidence in their drawing skills, there’s no better art supply than the humble pen. 

Use any kind of pen — even those free ones you get from restaurants — as much as possible to gain confidence in your skills and stop obsessing over the imperfections. 

Why pens are better than pencils

A pen is the ultimate art supply for beginners, and just about anyone.  

I love using all kinds of art supplies, but using a pencil can create some bad habits. Here are 3 reasons why I think using pens will ultimately make you a faster, bolder, more confident artist.

Pencils (and erasers!) slow you down

If a line isn’t quite right, erasing it isn’t the answer. 

Once you’ve erased it, chances are that when you try again, you’ll make the same mistake again. When you’re starting over and over again, you’re wasting valuable learning time. You could have already made great progress on your drawing!

Here’s another way to think about it: when you’re walking, you’re not looking at your feet — or even behind you — to see if you took the right steps. You’re just putting one foot in front of the other to keep moving.

Pens force you out of perfectionist habits

When you work with a pen and your line goes all wonky, the only thing you can do is embrace it and work with what you’ve got. Allowing yourself to make mistakes helps you become less precious about your drawings. 

But here’s the secret: I don’t believe in drawing mistakes and neither should you. 

If you keep going, your drawing will become something new with each line you add — and you’ll see that the line that felt like a mistake actually doesn’t even play a big role at all. If it does stand out, it most often adds personality — like a signature. 

When you know you can erase whatever you do, you’ll want to erase everything your inner critic tells you isn’t right.

Pens make crisp, decisive, confident lines

There’s no need to sharpen when you use a pen. You can always rely on a crisp line, whether it’s super fine or very bold, depending on the pen you choose.

Rather than a careful, light gray pencil line, you’re drawing with a contrasting pen line—which will eventually make you draw with more confidence. No hardly visible lines allowed. 

Pens that are great for beginners, or anyone else

There are so many pen varieties: extra fine tips, fat calligraphy nibs, and even super flexible nibs. They give very different effects, so explore to find what you prefer.

I love a fat nib and brush pens because they help me be more bold, daring and expressive in my drawings. Sometimes it’s good to have a little less control, but other times super fine hatching lines can be exactly what you need. 

Here are some of the pens I love:

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
An affordable fountain pen with a great grip. It comes in all kinds of colors and you can change the nib size easily.

Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen
If you’re not ready to commit to a fountain pen, but you’d like to try, this disposable fountain pen is nice to start with. Reliable, with a juicy ink flow, and a rather fine tip.

Uniball Rollerball Pen

A rollerball pen that never fails or clogs. The juicy ink flows onto your paper, and it’s waterproof so you can combine it with a wet medium, like watercolor. 

Pentel Pocket Brushpen

My favorite brush pen. Not expensive, very reliable, and it comes with waterproof ink. It will take some practice to get used to the unpredictable lines, but it’s a lot of fun to use.

Uni Pin Fineliner and Pentel Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliner

Both are reliable fineliners that come in many different tip sizes.

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen

Great fineliners that come in many different colors. Also available with a brush tip.

Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen

A fineliner with a flexible tip – for a great variety in line!

Bic Ballpoint Pen

The ballpoint pen is often seen as a pen just to make notes with, and maybe doodle a little during phone conversations, but you’ll be amazed how nice your line feels on paper and how many varieties of shades you can accomplish when you use it for hatching.

I hope this cleared up my perspective on pens versus pencils, and that you join me in my live, online workshop, where the exercises will be so fun and fast-paced that there won’t even be time to think about erasing. 

Complex drawing Technical Pen – ART – 80, ड्राइंग पेन – Gupta Industries, New Delhi

Complex drawing Technical Pen – ART – 80, ड्राइंग पेन – Gupta Industries, New Delhi | ID: 16612888997

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Drawing Materials

A union of opposites, pen and ink wash drawings combine sinuous fine lines with broad washes, the latter often difficult to distinguish from watercolor in a finished drawing. Pens have evolved from reed and quill to metal nibs like that used in the detail at the left.

Although today inks are available in a rainbow of colors, historically they were produced only in black, brown, or subtly tinted variations. Composed of very fine pigments or dyes in a solution of water and gum arabic or animal glue, ink must be intense in tone yet thin enough to flow through the point of a pen. The oldest black inks are iron gall and carbon black. Iron gall ink, derived from a chemical reaction between iron compounds and the tannin in oak tree gall nuts, gradually fades from black to brown. The corrosive nature of iron gall ink can also cause the underlying paper to discolor or deteriorate. The more permanent carbon black ink, such as Chinese or Indian ink, is colored with fine particles from charred wood or burned lamp oil. Two traditional brown inks are bister, a luminous, transparent ink; and sepia, an opaque wash extracted from the secretion of the cuttlefish. Formulas for bistre, made from the soluble tars in wood soot, were recorded as early as the fifteenth century, whereas sepia became fashionable in the late eighteenth century. Often the term sepia, when used to identify inks of earlier periods, refers to their brown tone rather than genuine sepia ink composition.

Inks and pens have evolved since antiquity, allowing the artist to produce a crisp yet graceful line. By the fifteenth century, quill pens were preferred over reed pens for the delicate calligraphy and illustrations in Medieval manuscripts as well as for drawings by many of the Old Masters. Quills from the pinion feathers of the goose, swan, raven and crow were highly esteemed, producing responsive lines that glided across the textured surface of handmade papers. Although many artists continued to prefer quill pens throughout the nineteenth century, by the middle of the century pens with interchangeable steel nibs were used widely. This development was accompanied by the manufacture of smooth-surfaced paper that was able to withstand the vigorous scoring of the sharp metal points.

Examples from the Collection


“I rose up in the silent night; I made my dagger sharp and bright”, c. 1859-1860
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, English
Pen and black ink with scratching out over graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 5 × 5 3/4 inches (12.7 × 14.6 cm)
Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1991
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In this diminutive image by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (measuring less than 5 x 6 inches), the fine pen work in black ink creates a wealth of pattern to describe forms and textures with precise detail. The sharpness of the metal pen point is evident in the darkest passages where repeated passes of the pen nib have roughened the paper surface giving it a velvety quality. As a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the artist sought graphic clarity and minute detail, as well as having a preference for Romantic and Literary subjects. This drawing is inspired by “The Sisters,” a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson about a young woman’s vengeful murder of her sister’s lover.


Haystacks, 1888
Vincent Willem van Gogh, Dutch
Reed and quill pens and brown ink over graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 9 1/2 × 12 1/2 inches (24.1 × 31.8 cm)
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1962
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The harvest in Arles, with its haystacks and light-filled atmosphere is a recurring theme in Vincent van Gogh’s drawings and paintings. Van Gogh animated this drawing of haystacks with short blunt repetitive strokes of brown ink, using this personal calligraphy to express both texture and form. The larger haystack is constructed of short pale curved strokes overlaid with darker vertical lines and emphatic spots in the darkest ink. Variations in ink intensity could result from a more or less heavily charged pen or possibly from fading from exposure to light. Compare these blunt-ended strokes of fairly uniform width produced with the reed pen to the more sinuous fine lines made by the responsive quill in William Blake’s A Destroying Deity. Although quill pens had largely replaced reed pens by medieval times, from time to time the powerful strokes produced by the reed pen have been preferred by modern artists. While in France, van Gogh wrote that he had discovered excellent reeds for pen and ink drawing.“My drawings are made with a reed that is cut like a quill pen. I want to do a series like this. It’s a process that I experimented with in the Netherlands some years ago, but I didn’t have as good quality reeds as I do here.”


A Destroying Deity, c. 1820-1825
William Blake, English
Pen and brush and black ink and wash, with watercolor and graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 8 1/8 × 11 3/4 inches (20.6 × 29.8 cm)
Gift of Mrs. William Thomas Tonner, 1964
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A gifted and prolific artist as well as poet, William Blake often drew imposing figures placed within a shallow stage, as in A Destroying Deity, the subject of which has never been precisely determined. The flowing black ink lines, applied here over a preliminary graphite sketch, suggests the flexible handling of a quill pen as it defines the contours of the figure and the finer details of the face and wings. To create shape and volume the artist applied ink washes with broad brushstrokes, using subtle tints and touches of blue and red watercolor in the wings and lips to enliven the forms. The placement of the hands in the original graphite drawing was subtly adjusted by the ink lines, leaving the graphite to echo the forms and enrich the drawing. Other subordinate details, such as the spiral twists of his tridents and the small figures beneath the deity’s wings, were merely suggested by the graphite, enhanced with an occasional ink line.


Beanstalk, Date unknown
John Ruskin, English
Pen and yellow-brown ink and wash, graphite pencil, and touches of white opaque watercolor on wove paper
Sheet: 7 3/4 x 11 1/8inches (19.7 x 28.3cm)
Purchased with The Herbert & Nannette Rothschild Memorial Fund in memory of Judith Rothschild, 1995
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An author on subjects ranging from architecture to social reform, John Ruskin was regarded as the pre-eminent art critic of his time. Ruskin also wrote three artists’ manuals, including “The Elements of Drawing”, 1857, in which he advocated carefully drawn studies from nature such as Beanstalk seen here. This drawing is a beautiful example of the fine lines and delicate tones that can be produced with pen and ink and graphite pencil. Golden brown ink delineates the entire image, especially the veins of the leaves, and is most clearly visible in the tendrils at right. Ruskin further defines the stalk and leaves with faint strokes of black ink and graphite pencil, while additional touches of opaque white watercolor enhance the elegant forms of the leaves.

90,000 Fine art techniques

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Painting technique: pens and watercolors
If you ever wondered “how did the artist do it?” and looking for answers, then you are in the right place. These pictures of different painting techniques will help you figure out what was used to create the different effects and painting styles, and how to learn how to do it yourself.

These nibs have been painted with watercolors over waterproof or permanent black ink.

The most important thing to remember when working with pens and watercolors is that the ink in the pen must be waterproof, otherwise it will smudge when the watercolor is applied. It seems obvious, I know, but if you have different handles on hand, it’s easy to grab one that isn’t waterproof or permanent. The label on the pen will always tell you about its properties.

Depending on the pen and paper, you may have to wait a minute or two for the ink to dry completely before adding watercolor.If the ink is not completely dry, you will see it immediately, because it will flow immediately. Unfortunately, after this has happened, you cannot fix it, so you will have to start over by hiding it under an opaque paint. Gouache is mixed with watercolors, or if you have a tube of “white watercolors” it will work well too.

Can you paint with watercolors first and then paint with pens? This is quite realistic, just wait for the ink to dry so that the ink is not diffused by the fibers of the paper.Personally, it’s easier for me to work with the pen first, it’s easier to keep track of where I am, so to speak, in the drawing.

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Drawing technique: pen with water-soluble ink + wet brush
This drawing was created using a pen with water-soluble ink and a brush with clean water.

If you are using a pen and watercolor, this is usually a waterproof ink pen as you don’t want it to smudge and spread across the image.But for monochrome painting, using a pen with water-soluble ink and then turning it into liquid ink by smearing it with a wet brush can create a wonderful effect.

The result is a mixture of lines and tones (two pieces of art). The degree to which a line dissolves depends on the amount of water you apply (how wet the brush is), how aggressively you use the brush, or how much the paper absorbs water. The tone created can vary from very light to quite dark.You can completely “lose” the line or wash out the tone from it without changing its character.

With a little practice, you will quickly feel the technique. Black is certainly not the only option. Water-soluble ink pens come in a variety of colors.

03 of 14
Drawing technique: pen with water-soluble ink (color variations)
Water Based Ink Portrait
The color variation in this work was created with one supposedly “black” pen!

Working with a wet brush in a drawing made with a pen containing water-soluble ink turns the line into a blot.Depending on how much water you use, more or less of the line will dissolve.

What color blur you get depends on the ink; it is not always the shade you would expect, especially with cheaper pens. (A potential problem with using a cheap pen is how light the ink can be, but it’s great for experimentation, just keep it out of direct sunlight.) In the example in the photo, I used a black “Berol” marker I bought from a supermarket.As you can see, it dissolves into two colors. This result, in my opinion, is quite effective and expressive.

How water-soluble an ink can be in a pen depends on the brand, but the starting point is to look for one that doesn’t say waterproof, waterproof, permanent. The drying time of the ink on the paper can also be an important factor; some waterproof handles smudge slightly if water is immediately applied to them.

04 of 14
Painting technique: painting on watercolor
Working with a colored pencil over watercolors is a useful technique for adding detail.

The concept of drawing with a pencil and then adding watercolors to it is common, but the idea of ​​painting over dried watercolors is considered “dishonest” by some. Like when you start working with paint, you can’t go back to the previous stage.This is not true! The division between drawing and painting is piecemeal; this is a work of art that you create!

A sharp pencil is the perfect tool for adding small details to create a sharp edge. Many people find it easier to control the direction and width of a line with a pencil than with a paintbrush. Keeping your hand on a hard pencil increases control over the process.

Make sure that the tip of the pencil is very sharp and do not be lazy to pause to sharpen it.Rotating it with your fingers as you use it helps to keep it sharp. If you really hate sharpening pencils, start with half a dozen of the same and change them periodically.

In the example shown, I was working on a watercolor painting (after it dried!) Using a navy blue lead pencil. Specifically indigo from the “Derwent” range of colors, which has a deep dark earthiness that differs from conventional crayons. It is also water-soluble, so it is very important that the watercolor is completely dry! As you can see, this allowed me to clearly highlight the edges and introduce shadow.Notice, for example, how it reshapes the mouth, creates a shadow on the earlobe, the bottom of the collar, and highlights the hem of the shirt.

Obviously, you don’t need to use a water soluble pencil with this technique. It was my personal challenge to myself, but I also chose it in the hope that I could then turn it into paint if I wanted to.

05 of 14
Painting technique: salt and watercolor
This painting was created using salt on wet watercolor paint.

When you drop salt onto wet watercolors, the salt absorbs the water into the paint, stretching the paint across the paper into abstract patterns. Use the salt in large crystals rather than fine salt so that it is not absorbed. When the paint is dry, gently wipe off the salt.

Experiment with varying degrees of moisture in your watercolor paint and the amount of salt. If the paint is too dry, the salt won’t be able to absorb much of it. If you dilute the watercolor too much with water or add too much salt, all your paint will be absorbed.

06 of 14
Painting technique: glazing of flowers
These “complex colors” were obtained using several glaze steps.

If you are looking at a painting that has “complex colors”, where colors have depth and intrinsic reflection, but look “hard” and “flat”, then they are almost certainly glazed. This is when several layers of color are applied on top of each other, rather than using only one layer of paint.

The key to a successful glaze is not to paint the new coat until the current one is dry. When it comes to acrylic paints or watercolors, then you do not have to wait very long for this to happen, but with oil paints you need to be patient. If you paint over paint that is still wet, the layers will blend and you will end up with a physical, not optical, color mixture.

07 of 14
Painting technique: drip
This effect was created by allowing liquid paint to drip onto the canvas, and after drying, the result is glazed over.

Adding drops to a painting, intentionally or accidentally, can produce results that are intriguing and interesting to the viewer. If you are painting with liquid paint on a vertical canvas, such as when working on an easel rather than on the floor / table, then you can use gravity to add this seemingly random painting element. Putting a large amount of liquid paint on a brush and then pressing it on the canvas without moving it, you will get a small spot of paint on the canvas. Through a sufficiently large amount of paint, the force of gravity pulls it down in streams.

You can help this process by pressing on the paint with your fingers, or blowing to get it moving. (In the direction you want this effect). If you are working with a lot of paint, you can rotate the canvas to manipulate where the blobs go.

The photo shows a fragment of the painting, which is called “Rain / Fire”, she created with acrylic. When the initial layer of red was not completely dry, I applied orange paint and let it drip down. If you look at the top of the artwork, you can see where I placed my brush.As the paint dripped down, it mixed with the still wet red paint. Then, using the glaze method, I added a layer of dark red color once everything was dry, so the drops are more orange on the top than on the bottom.

If you are working with oil, thin the paint with rubbing alcohol. if you are
using acrylic, consider using mediums if you don’t want to make the paint too runny. Alternatively, use liquid acrylic.

In the case of watercolors, it doesn’t matter how much water is added to the paint.You can control the direction of the paint droplets with the tip of a clean, damp brush.

08 of 14
Drawing with gravity
You can take the previous painting technique (drip) even further by using a medium that helps the paint spread and flow. Use gravity to spread the paint over the canvas by tilting and flipping it to change direction.

The photo shows two seascapes that I painted by rotating the large canvas 90 degrees so that the paint was stretched by gravity.The result is different from what the brush creates: looser, more random, more organic. The liquid paint that spreads should become the edge of the sea, ripples in the shallows near the shore. Once it’s dry, I can repeat the process with a different tone. After that, I spray white foam on the beach.

For acrylic paint, different manufacturers make agents that reduce the viscosity of the paint, so it spreads easily. This is not a scientific description, but I believe that the medium makes the paint more adaptable to these painting techniques than regular water.For oil paint, the addition of a thinner or alkyd medium will better stimulate paint flow.

I mix the medium and paint on my palette, and then paint on the painting with a brush. Or I paint some medium directly onto the canvas while the paint is still wet. Each of these methods creates a different result; experimentation will teach you what you can get. Remember: if you don’t like the result, you can always redraw the desired fragment.

This is not a disaster at all, but just a step in the creative process!

09 of 14
Painting technique: layers of paint (not mixed)
Photo of different shades of blue used to paint the sea
The sea in this painting was created by superimposing different shades of blue on top of each other, with minimal mixing.

The sea often flickers with light, changing colors and tones when we look at it. To try and capture this, I used different shades of blue and white in the broken layers so that some of them show through others, it looks much better than painting the sea with well-blended colors consistently.

Dark blue is Prussian blue, which can be thinned with acrylic paint or ink. The lightest blue is cerulean blue and the lightest is cobalt turquoise.They also used marine blue acrylic paints. Plus titanium white and, in the sky and foreground, a little umber.

I partially used paint straight from the tube, diluted with water, glaze and acrylic medium. I added white to make the transparent blue darker and increase color variations.

The blue colors were applied one on top of the other, sometimes in long strokes, sometimes in short ones. The direction is important here and should reflect the theme. Here I was working horizontally, following the horizon, and moving a little closer to the coastline as the waves naturally bend.

I avoided mixing colors completely (which is a common temptation when painting wet on wet). Each color will show itself and allow individual areas to peek through the layers. It is better to mix less than too much. If you end up with a “hard”, haunting edge, you can soften it by applying a slightly different shade of blue and then blending the two.

Write layer by layer, add and hide. Don’t expect everything to work out right the first time, don’t fix what looks bad, work to fix this snippet.All this adds depth to the finished canvas. I like to work on a painting for a few days, it gives time for the paint to dry completely and appreciate what I have done. Remember to regularly move away from the canvas, as the picture looks very different from a distance and up close.

10 of 14
Painting technique: mixing colors
The soft color transition in this painting was made by mixing paint while it was still wet.

If you compare the deep orange color of the sun with the one at the top of the hill in this picture, you will see that the hill has very clear, hard edges, while the sun is on the contrary merging with orange and yellow. This is done by mixing the colors while they are still wet.

If you paint with oils or pastels, you have a lot of time to mix.
If you are working with acrylics or watercolors, you have to work very quickly. To blend colors, apply the ones that should be next to each other, and then take a clean brush and gently brush over where the two colors intersect.

11 of 14
Painting technique: iridescent oil pastels as a background for painting
Photo of a golden background for painting or printing using iridescent oil pastels.
The background for this linoprint was created using gold oil pastels.

One problem with gold paint can be getting an even, smooth finish. So for this linoprint I used iridescent pastels, which I then mixed well with my finger.Another benefit was that I didn’t have to wait for it to dry before stenciling it.

Note: I used an oil-based embossed ink instead of a water-based ink for the stencil on the oil pastel background. Pastels will wear off slightly if you touch them, so your artwork should be protected under glass.
Focus the light correctly and the iridescent pastels will look really beautiful in your photos, so making prints from illustrations like this is definitely an option!

12 of 14
Painting technique: spraying
This photo shows two details from a seascape where the coastline was painted using a splatter technique over sgraffito.

The next time you change your toothbrush, don’t throw away the old one, but put it in the artbox. It is the perfect sprinkler tool. You dip the brush into liquid paint, point it at the drawing, then move your finger (or the knife / handle of another brush) along the bristles. Do not forget to do this away from you so that the paint will fly in the opposite direction from you.

What this technique gives is the spraying of small drops of paint. If you like absolute control, this is probably not the technique you will be using.Although even with practice you can direct where the paint will roughly fly, it loves to spray around and get to places you don’t expect.

The size of the drops depends on how liquid the paint is, how much of it gets on the toothbrush, and how it moves. You don’t have to use a toothbrush to spray, any thick brush will do. Try this method first on a page of your sketchbook or just on a piece of paper.And if you do this on a painting that is completely dry, you can always wipe off the paint and try again. (However, if you are using acrylic, do not hesitate as this paint dries quickly.)

To avoid spraying paint in a specific area, mask it. The easiest way is to hold the paper / fabric to cover the area you don’t want to splatter.

13 of 14
Painting technique: water-soluble graphite / pencil
This tutorial was created using water-soluble graphite.

Lines were drawn first, and then a brush dampened with water was used to turn some of the graphite into paint. I also picked up some color with a brush directly from the pencil, and also painted with a pencil on the still wet areas of the paper. The technique is the same as with colored pencils, except that you only work in shades of gray.

If you use a water soluble lead pencil on dry paper, it will give the same results as regular pencils.Go over it with a brush with water – and the graphite turns into a gray transparent paint, like watercolor. Working with it on wet paper produces a soft, wide line that spreads around the edges.

Water-soluble graphite pencils come in different hardness, in a wooden case or stick-shaped. The second option has the following advantage – you don’t have to stop to sharpen it. Just tear off a piece of the wrapper to reveal more graphite. You can also sharpen a graphite stick with a sharpener, like a regular pencil, or an even easier method – quickly sharpen it on paper.

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Art Technique: Gouache and Colored Pencil
Mixed Fine Art Technique Combining Gouache with Colored Pencil
Being opaque, a layer of gouache paint hides any crayon marks under the paint much better than watercolor. But you can work with pencils and on top of it (graphite or colored), even on paint that is still wet.

As you can see in the fragments of the painting, the details created with brown colored pencil on gouache paint vary.In some places, he displaced the paint, but did not leave any pencil marks on the paper. Elsewhere, he moved the paint and left a brown line. (Both of these cases can be called the sgraffito technique). Where the paint was dry, the colored pencil left a line on the surface of the paint. Thus, one pencil can create different effects with paint.

I understand that purple is not the color associated with good health, and its use may seem like an odd choice for drawing a human figure.But by the end of the session, I had used the rest of the paint and did not want to take on a new one. Whatever one may say, but purple is better than green lemon, which can be seen in the shoulder area. This is definitely an unhealthy pallor! I tried to focus on the tone rather than the shades, and then I used a pencil to add a little bit of expression to the shape of the figure.

Source: https: // www. liveabout.com/fine-art-painting-techniques-4122812

90,000 Liners, ink liners and capillary pens: what’s the difference?

Any illustrator, architect or calligrapher at least once in his work used capillary pens – a special graphic tool for creating drawings.This device has dozens of different names: liner , liner , ink liner , rimfader, isograph, Japanese marker … We decided to figure out what is what and give the correct definition to all instruments.

In short:

1. Capillary pen and ink liner are synonyms. It consists of a valve, a needle, an ink reservoir and a small tube.There is a special weight in the tip that guides the needle up and down. The nib is rounded, making it easy to draw in any direction with a pen. And most importantly, the liner line is always the same thickness.

2. The isograph is a kind of ink liner. Its peculiarity is that you can draw with it from any angle.

3. Reisfeder – a drawing instrument with a bifurcated end.Consists of two springy leaves, between which a pencil or pen filled with ink is inserted. The thickness of the reefeder line can be adjusted by turning the small knurled nut on the tool body.

4. As for the liner, liner and Japanese marker, these are also the names of one fixture, which is a simplified version of the ink liner.

Features of the ink liner

Capillary pens can be used to draw on paper, cardboard or any other surface with good absorbency.But they are not suitable for working with gloss – the paint will smear and dry for a long time.

Capillary pens are better than regular ballpoint pens – the latter constantly have problems with ink supply. With an ink liner, this problem is excluded – it will stop writing only if the ink runs out or ink has dried up (for example, if the pen has not been used for a long time).

Unlike gel pens, capillary pens last longer.They also dry faster, do not smudge and do not leak – a special cap helps to avoid this.

However, it should be borne in mind that the ink liner is a very fragile instrument. It requires careful handling and care, namely:

  • The tip of the handle must always be held in a certain position – at a slight angle or perpendicular.
  • Draw with the ink liner slowly and carefully.He does not tolerate haste or sudden movements.
  • Do not push or shake the handle. Otherwise, ink will enter the air channel and cause a thin, uneven ink flow. Also, due to the strong pressure, the fine tip of the ink liner can be accidentally damaged.

Features of work with liners

Drawing liners are suitable for sketching, doodling, zentangle, comics. They serve for a long time (due to the wear-resistant nib and an impressive supply of ink), give bright saturated shades (special water-based inks with increased color intensity are used in the liners) and produce clear, smooth lines without smudges and blots.

Like ink liners, liners have sensing rods. Therefore, during use, do not press too hard – the tip of the liner should barely touch the paper. Otherwise, the rod will break or completely go into the body.

Do not use the liner on rigid materials. Paper works best. If you want to draw on hard, rough surfaces, take a liner that you don’t mind using – its pen will deteriorate and will no longer be able to draw smoothly.

Store painting liners horizontally, tightly closing the cap. If you put the liner in a cup, the ink will drain down. It is also advisable not to drop or twist the instrument in your hand.

Capillary handle types

The ink liners are sold with a removable or disposable cartridge. The first one can be refilled several times, buying only mascara. To refuel the second, you need to buy a new cartridge.Tip thickness typically ranges from 0.05 to 3 millimeters.

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the assortment on our website. Rapidographs of different thicknesses and colors are available – both individually and in sets.

Varieties of liners for painting

Liners are also disposable and reusable. To refuel the latter, pigment ink is used. They fit well on paper, do not crack, do not wash off with water and do not brighten over time.

However, if there is no time for constant refueling, disposable liners will be no worse. They serve for quite a long time and are not inferior to reusable tools in terms of the quality of work.

The thickness of the drawing liners also varies. From thinnest (0.05) to thickest (0.8). Liner 0.1 is suitable for fine lines, hatching and drawing small details. 0.2 is the main tool with the most optimal combination of line thickness and color saturation.0.6 is used to work on small formats. But 0.8 is ideal for large fillings.

Which tool should a beginner choose?

For those who are just getting started with liners, we recommend the Japanese brand Sakura and their universal capillary pen Pigma Micron .

Its main advantages:

  • The materials used to create the Pigma Micron are environmentally friendly and non-toxic.This is confirmed by the international certificate of safety of art materials ASTM D-4236.
  • Special “archival” ink. The unique ink eliminates the effects of an acidic environment, so documents filled with this pen can be stored for up to a hundred years.
  • The paint dries quickly, does not smudge or leak onto the back of the sheet.
  • The ink is PH neutral and will not damage paper if stored for a long time.
  • The Pigma Micron is considered the “official” zentangle in America.

Also among the manufacturers of drawing liners we advise you to pay attention to such brands as Faber Castell, Koh-I-Noor, STA and Centropen.

90,000 Pens and crayons: Swiss Made Direct

You may have heard the metaphorical suggestion that this word is a body. This sentence implies that the words you say are not temporary or accidental.They mean something much more meaningful. Whatever you do, your written or spoken words basically speak of who you are. And, probably, they can significantly reveal your secret. The secret that makes you different, different because of your unique perception.
In addition, all the images in your head that you develop on paper in the form of drawings represent your own individual opinion.

In this spirit, the Maison Caran d ‘Ache, in an artistic way, marks the meaning of the written word and the painted picture.They create iconic pens to aid artistic writing and drawing. And among the many famous pen brands, Caran d’Ache stands out for creating small pen-shaped works of art. They create various drawing and writing tools with amazing designs. They are all here to inspire you to honestly think about how to write or draw better. And, if you’re not already, these artistic iconic pens will introduce you to the art of writing and drawing.

Caran d’Ache Drawing and Writing Tools for the Art of Drawing and Writing

Caran d’Ache was the pseudonym of the 19th century French satirist and political cartoonist Emmanuel Poiret.He called himself that because these words in Turkish mean black stone. And black stone is a source of graphite. Thus, this company is named after this artist, whose life was of great importance precisely because of writing and drawing.

Since its inception, all of the creative spirits of this company have started with great passion to create a huge range of tools for painting and writing. To aid artistic writing and drawing, and to provide an inspiring answer to the question of how to write better or draw, they knew their story should be about the creation of iconic feathers.Pens that will always represent artistic crafts, unique beauty, but also technical excellence and reliability.

Aesthetic pleasure from the iconic Swiss pens / A touch of personality

Caran d’Ache Exceptional graphics and writing instruments are the result of technical excellence and quality. In this regard, they represent the spirit of innovation in both technical and design. And it all comes from the Swiss tradition of fine craftsmanship.The finest materials and Swiss quality make these iconic pens one of the most modern instruments in the world.
Many of these iconic pens that we are proud to present are luxury limited edition pieces. And each of these unique items is a symbol of taste and high style. It is true that some of them went into space aboard Discovery.

Watch these beautiful pieces and in one glance you will find out why they are some of the best to help your art writing or drawing.In other words, they will leave you breathless! Their elegance, quality and colors are the reasons they are exceptional and personalized gifts for inspiration.

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    My new tool is a pen-brush (Pigma Brush) from SAKURA + sketches under the cut.

    I was recently presented with an interesting new tool, the Pigma Brush. Another name is a brush pen. Looks like a pen, but under the cap is a fine-tipped brush. Very comfortable, does not flow, draws smoothly, hard, high quality. It is convenient for her to paint over the middle areas. This tool is somewhat similar to a marker, only you can draw lines of different thickness. These brush pens use some kind of super ink invented in 1982. Here is what the manufacturer SAKURA writes on its website:

    This flexible brush-tipped pen lets you paint everything from fine lines and curls to broad strokes.The Pigma Brush is comfortable to grip and responds to instant changes in pressure or direction. Bright, rich color enriches the composition you create and conveys personality, style and emotion. Illustrators, manga artists, cartoonists and hobbyists can grab a pen and leave a mark for centuries. Sakura Color Products invented and patented PIGMA ink in 1982. The special formula of their pigment is more complex, which makes the ink more stable. PIGMA ink has become the standard for what we call reliable, long-lasting, archive-quality ink.

    The trunk was painted with a regular gel pen and Pigma Brush

    The trunk was painted with a regular gel pen and Pigma Brush

    Manufacturers declare archival quality ink. What does it mean? This means that they do not fade or fade for a very long time. I hope so. Of course, I cannot confirm this for obvious reasons. But judging by the workmanship and what I saw, this may very well be true. I liked this tool and I can safely recommend it to my friends.

    You can buy this brush pen in Sevastopol here

    By the way, these pens come in different colors. This opens up endless possibilities in color graphics. Probably I’ll buy myself such a set somehow 🙂


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