A follower on Instagram asked me what kind of pens I use. I know, it’s probably the most asked question for artists, second only to “where do you get your ideas?” or “Um, did you take your pills?” Still, it inspired me to shoot a video showing off what I use.
Because everyone wants a 14 minute video of me talking about pens and pencils. Sure!
Watch my new video below.
The Pens (and Pencils) I Use
Pens and Pencils in This Video
Here’s a handy list! I’m always trying new pens, but these are the types I’ve been sticking to a lot lately.
- Uniball Jetstream 0.7mm – My “everyday carry” pen. I use it for sketching and writing. It’s a great ballpoint pen.
- Kuretake Pocket Brush Pen (Extra Fine, Fine, Medium) – My go-to inking pens these days. Good for watercolor (but let the ink dry a bit first).
- Pentel Pocket Brush Pen – A favorite brush pen and good workhorse, especially for larger drawings. Check out my review.
- Micron (02 and 08) – Great for fine detail work and tiny drawing. All kinds of sizes are available. Excellent for watercolor.
- Pentel Aquash Water Brushes (Small, Medium, Large) – The only brushes I use for watercolor lately. Great for on the go painting and while at home in my office. Easy to use. You can make an ink wash with these too: fill the reservoir nearly full, and add a few drops of ink (I start with three to five). Add more ink if you want.
- Sakura Koi 12 Color Watercolor Field Sketch Set – A great portable watercolor kit. Check out my review.
- Kitaboshi Lead Holder 2mm – Gives me a thicker lead for sketching and drawing and has the feel of a real wooden pencil. You can use any 2mm lead with it.
- Pentel Graph Gear 800 0.5mm – I use this mechanical pencil for drawings and comics I plan on inking and painting. It’s easier to erase than the thicker lines of my lead holder.
- Tombow Mono Knock Eraser – A handy, portable eraser pen. You can get refills and it helps me get more precise with erasing.
- Prismascolor Kneaded Eraser – A must have. Great for erasing large areas. However, I do find it can dull the blacks of my inks a bit if I’m not too careful with the pressure.
Thanks for watching and reading!