August 29, 2009

Product Reviews // Color Pens


Hey friends,

Over the past year I've gotten a lot of questions about recommended art supplies - so I thought I'd put them all together and do a little review.

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BRUSH + FINE TIP PENS
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copic refillable pen


Copic - refillable brush pens // price: $$$ / quality: A / grade: B

Copic markers are notoriously expensive - about $40 for a set of only 12 color markers. The selection of Copics is fantastic - it's like multiple exploding spectrums! These markers are usually dual-tipped, fat on one side, thin on the other.

These markers are typically part of a traditional manga artists stable. They are delicate enough not to ruin thin ink lines and sturdy enough to cover large areas. I like the refillable aspect to it, but the refill costs really stack up.
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prismacolor brush pen


Prismacolor // price: $ / quality: B+ / grade: A-

Prismacolor brush pens are pretty good for the money. They are cheap, have a slim feel in my hand, and have a crisp tip. The ink gets only about %80 black, however, so to be economical, you should fill in large black areas with a Sharpie. Tip doesn't fray too quickly.

Also available in some muted colors and gray tones.
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micron brush pens


Micron // price: $$ / quality: B+ / grade: C

Microns aren't my first choice anymore for brush pens. I find with these, the tip frays faster than most and the ink resists on many surfaces.

Even the felt tips are so delicate, just a little bit of pressure can fold or break them. Available in a good selection of fun, bright colors, though.
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le pens by marvy


Le Pens by Marvy // price: $ / quality: A+ / grade: A+

These are fantastic - highly recommended. The colors are extremely saturated, the tip is sturdy with a delicate line and the slim body allows you to fit twice as many in a standard pencil case. The colors lay over each other very well.

Relatively inexpensive (about $1.35 ea) and last quite a long time. You guys get a STAR ★
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signo by mitsubishi


Signo // price: $ / quality: D / grade: C-

These pens are fun only since whatever goo is inside basically glows like the sun. The ink quality is poor and the line is inconsistent. Not for artistic purposes.

And YES, Signo is made by the car company, Mitsubishi
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prismacolor


Prismacolor // price: $$ / quality: A / grade: A-

Prismacolor fine-tipped pens are very heavy - the ink goes right through the paper for me. If you are working on Bristol board though, or another thick card stock, these are great. Dark, rich ink tone. My set comes with purple, burnt sienna, orange, and black.
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6 comments:

  1. i was stocking up on pens the other day-- i waffle between only V5s and only micron 08s, currently in an 08 state. i grabbed a micron brush as well. ok, i'm a scribbler, but i destroyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyed it in under 1 postcard! i can't have nice things...

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  2. Oh man I live for Le Pens. I need to restock though because all the colors I bought from freshman year have died out from me using them for EVERYTHING. I bought some copic pens to test out too, along with the prismacolor ones. I need to get back into drawing~

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  3. Haha, I even like to say "Le Pen" (hehe fake french)

    They are so fun - they even make taking notes look like a graphic design project

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  4. wow greatest post ever!! thanks! Have you ever tried the Pentel brush pen?

    http://www.islandblue.com/store/product/8361/PENTEL-POCKET-BRUSH-PEN/

    please review the duck now.

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  5. I will totally-otally try out that pen, Juan

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