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.
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