When I committed to Inktober, I was worried about highlights. In digital art, it’s easy to add a white outline or highlights at the end of a painting – just make a new layer! But with markers? o~o Luckily, with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen, it’s easy to add highlights and finishing touches after the main shading! At about $5 USD for a set of 3, these pens are budget-friendly. . . and, I would say, well worth the price. UPDATE 2/2018: It looks like the pens are now around $7.50 (link to Amazon). Still a good deal, in my opinion!
Last year, I wanted to try coloring with markers after seeing so many amazing marker paintings on the Web and so many amazing speedpaints on Youtube. As a beginner, though, I didn’t want to heavily invest in a huge set of markers or purchase the most expensive professional materials (looking at you, Copics!) – or not yet, at least. So I chose to try the water-based Tombow Dual-Brush Pens after hearing that they are a good brand and (luckily) were on sale at the time. Better yet, they were reported to be durable, self-cleaning, and even blend well. Sounds good, right?
Long story short, yes, they’re great! I like them a lot, though I’m also using other brands these days. Tombow markers do have a few downsides, mainly due to the nature of water-based markers; but the water-based vs alcohol-based debate is a post for another day. Let’s get started!
But. . . I made a mistake. The whole point of this series was to review the items I used last Inktober, right? Well, last October I didn’t have a Prismacolor 0.005 pen. I mostly used a dollar store gel pen instead. This pen, in fact:
Well, as the picture is already inked, I thought hey! We can do something fun, and compare / contrast the Prismacolor pen with the dollar store pen! \(^u^)/
The Short Version: During Inktober, I was quite content with the dollar-store pen. Turns out, cheap art supplies work well, too! But overall, I would go with the Prismacolor Premier pen as it is colorfast and smear-resistant.
Last September, flushed with excitement at the thought of doing my first Inktober challenge, I splurged on some new art supplies. Since I usually worked digitally, I thought it was a good opportunity to try out some different traditional techniques. One that I was really looking forward to was using blue pencil like animators and comic artists, so after doing a little research I picked up a pair of Caran d’Ache Sketcher Non-Photo Blue animation pencils. Though they were expensive (around $8 for a pack of two) I am so glad I did – they ended up becoming my favorite new tool of Inktober 2016!
Starting tomorrow, I’m pleased to begin a series of reviewing art supplies!
We’ll start with the supplies I picked up last year for Inktober. As I started NaNoWriMo right after Inktober ended, this series is a little late in the game, but hopefully my review will be useful no matter what time of year it is. :3
As last October was the first year I challenged Inktober, I had only a few inking supplies: a few calligraphy pens, a set of Prismacolor pens, some gel pens from the dollar store, and a box of Crayola markers left over from my school days. While technically that was more than enough to do the challenge, I saw an opportunity to go shopping and I took it. :3 I was able to try out a few supplies I’ve had my eye on for a while, so I’m glad for that!
These are what I bought last September:
Caran d’Ache Non-Photo Blue Pencils (like animators use!)
Tombow Dual-Brush Pens in Grayscale
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White
Added to my Prismacolor markers and colored pencils, I had a lot of options for the challenge. :3 Since then, I’ve picked up a set of Lestrat AquaMarkers and ProMarkers and a set of Staedtler colored pencils, so I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with those as well. I’m pleased that I’ll be able to share them with you!
Since I have supplies that cover the whole drawing process from sketch to final touches, I thought it’d be interesting to use all the supplies to draw and paint a picture (or two!). Here’s a sneak peek of what I’m working on, starting with the blue animator pencil:
Reviews will start later tonight with the blue animator pencil and will be published every Tuesday for the next few weeks! (Posts on Friday / any other day will continue to be “what I’m working on” and process posts. 🙂 ) I hope you enjoy! And if there’s any art supply I’ve used before and you’d like it reviewed, let me know and I’ll add it to the pile. :3