Welcome back to the fourth and (for now) final installment of What I Used for Inktober! Today we’ll be looking at the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White, a gel pen that I like to use for accents, outlines, and highlights, like I did in the picture above! (I also added a blue background using a Promarker – but that’s a review for another day! 😛 )
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.
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!
Welcome back to my Inktober supplies review series! Last week, we started with the blue sketch pencils by Caran d’Ache and finished up with a sneak peek (?) of the inking for today’s post. Here’s the picture inked with today’s product, the Prismacolor Premier 0.005 Fine Line pen:
Here’s a close-up of the pen:
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^)/
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