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A thin black line

I’ve been using my PITT brush pen for a few years now, and for the most part it makes me very happy. I like the variations in line width it gives me, and I don’t have to keep dipping it and cleaning it. I just get a new one when the brush nib wears out. Which brings me to my quandry. Lately, I’ve been running through these brush pens very quickly – I’ll wear one down drawing maybe two weeks’ worth of comics. That’s just too fast; they used to last me at least a month.

At the same time, I’ve been considering going back to a regular pen, like a Micron (or the PITT equivalent). They don’t give me the brush-like line quality, but I do like the way it looks. Less chunky lines would help my drawing style, is what someone suggested to me.

So should I switch to a regular old pen? Or stick with my brush pen? I wonder if other cartoonists change the types of pens they use as often as I do. Comic strips are well known for their consistency; I imagine a cartoonist could get letters of complaint if readers spotted a marked difference in the drawings from one day to the next. On the other hand, I think I’m in a good place to make changes. Falling Rock is, at two years, still a relatively young strip.

Any suggestions?

3 replies on “A thin black line”

I would suggest getting a Pentel Brush Pen. It’s a much higher quality tip brush than the Pitt and it has refillable cartridges, so it lasts a REALLY long time if you take care of it.

I’m not sure where you’d get it in PDX, but you can look around on the web.

TONS of my cartoonist friends SWEAR by these brush pens!

I use a nib pen Gillott 170.

It’s a nib that’s VERY flexible, and gives a nice brush-like lines.

I’ve been drawing my editorial cartoons with it and I like the style it gives me. Check them out.

Thanks both of you for the good suggestions! Guess I’ll be making a trip to the art store soon.

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