More New Supply Fun (blog-a-day challenge, day 5)

Yesterday I wrote about my marker upgrade from humble Crayolas to Staedtler Pigment Liner pens and a 6H Prismacolor pencil. Today I will discuss the other new items I purchased from Blick.

But first, I forgot to mention yesterday that part of my reason for trying new pens is that I’d like to be able to scan my drawings almost directly into digital designs with minimal cleanup. So far  I’ve not been successful, certainly due to less than idea drawing materials, but I do think that lack of skill is also a factor.

Now, on to my purchases. This time, I consulted with Jake Parker’s Inktober site before deciding what to purchase. Based on that, I decided on the non-refillable Copic Multiliner pens. I thought I should try them out before committing to the refillable version. Also, the metal barrel of the latter sounds cold and unappealing to me versus the plastic barrel of the disposable version. I chose the 9-pen set (0.03 – 1.0 tip size and two brush markers), priced at Blick* at just below $20, in my opinion a great value.

copic pens etc

Limited colors for the Multiliner pen are also available at Blick, so I decided to try the olive and the burgundy, both in 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm tip sizes. Admittedly, part of my reason for buying these was to bring my order up into the free shipping range. As expected, the screen colors did vary from the actual ink colors. For me, the olive turned out to be darker than expected, and the burgundy more toward a brownish hue.

Finally, I purchased the Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white. I guess if someone is really experienced at inking, this is more for highlights and less for corrections. But I’m not there yet, so my main interest is for minor corrections. So far, my results have been inconsistent but promising.

I did also consider buying a set of Copic markers, but they are quite pricey and I don’t think necessary for my current drawing interests.

Below is the first drawing I did with the Copic pens. I stopped part way through because I was not able to fill in the large areas very well, but that’s probably due to using a fairly small tipped pen. I am looking forward to finding out how the brush pens work for filling in large areas.

copic pen drawing

Here’s my summary of what I’ve determined as pros and cons so far, with the caveat that I really need to draw with these pens A LOT more before deciding anything definitively.

Copic Multiliner Pens (Non-Refillable)

Pros:

  • smooth glide/line makes them feel more like an inkpen than a marker
  • wide variety of tip sizes
  • reasonably priced
  • quick drying
  • waterproof
  • claimed not to bleed or smear when used with Copic markers (I do want to try these with my Crayolas and see if this still holds true.)

Cons:

  • limited color selection (at least at Blick)
  • no claim that these won’t dry out when leaving the top off for long times (unlike the Staedtler Pigment Liners)

Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, medium tip

Pros:

  • inexpensive
  • line is fine, flat, and unobtrusive when done “right”

Con:

  • coverage seems inconsistent (so far – I think I can improve my results with more practice)

In conclusion, perhaps  I should have used these pens more before posting this, but I do hope this is at least somewhat helpful to some people. I will TRY to remember to post an update at some point. For now though, thanks for stopping by.

*Just so ya know, I’m not getting any compensation whatsoever for endorsing a particular product or company.

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