061 – Brush Pen Testing

I ordered two pricey/fancy brush pens online and received them this week, and decided to battle them out, cockfighting style.

Or just test them both.

Both have their strong points and weak points. The Pentel Pocket Brush is easier to control and maintain, the ink is waterproof. The Kuretake is smoother and quicker and has a wider variety in line weight and variance, and is darker.

But I loves ’em both.

Every artist is looking for the one piece of equipment that will make them better artists. It doesn’t exist, but these pens come really close for me. I can feel myself changing to suit the pens, and it may be that breakthrough I feel I need to open my art up, and open my brain up.

Either that, or mushrooms.

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    • Steph on April 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    win! brush pens are amazing. :)

    • Jim Purcell on April 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    From the admittedly low-res scan above, I detect a hint of gray in the Pentel Pocket Brush lines, where as the Kuretake brush lines are much more pure black.

    I like my lines to be black. Like, ultra mega black.

    • Eric on April 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm
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    I like a nice, pure black too. The Pentel dries into a dark charcoal, which doesn’t matter if I’m scanning something in as line-art, but I did scan this in as a grayscale image, so it probably picked that up.

    • Joe G. on April 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    That Pentel test is some Frank Quitely shit right there. Maybe it’s just the guy’s mouth.

    • Eric on April 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm
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    Good lord I wish I had even the tiniest fraction of skill Quitely has. Also, that’s creepy.

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