Right: Journal Sketch, a NEW Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Nideggen paper. (By "new" I mean I finally wore one out.) Click the image to view an enlargement and read on to see cropped close up of the lines.
I got a new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and I’m so happy I just have to shout about it. I love my old pen, but that’s just it. It is 3 years, almost 4 years old!! The tip was still pretty wonderful, but I noticed when I would try to write with it (as opposed to sketching with it) that there was some fuzziness at the tip and I didn’t get quite the crisp line I used to achieve when working with it.
Almost 4 years out of a pen with a brush tip isn’t bad, especially if you have used it pretty much everyone of those days, probably for at least one if not 5 or 7 sketches on each of those days!!! (O.K. that last exclamation point was excessive, but you get the idea.)
In the image which starts this post, I’m working with the brand new pen, a fresh tip. I love the way it got light and slim for squiggly little lines, still having a lot of spring in it. And how it didn’t waver when I bullied it into broader applications or smeared its side across the texture of the paper.
It’s great fun. I want to run and use it again just this moment, because I remember how fun it was. Of course using the old one was fun too, and I have it sitting on my desk to grab at a moment’s notice. It has some life left in it. But my pen that comes with me is new, and it was time to bring in the replacement and up the fun level even more.
If you haven’t tried one of these brush pens yet (why are you waiting?) I encourage you to do so immediately. The dark black ink is waterproof so you can put your watercolor or gouache washes right over it immediately. (On some papers depending on the way they have been sized you may find that some of the ink will float on the surface and bleed a bit if you move quickly from pen work to washes.) Also there’s no chemical smell with this ink.
I buy my Pentel Pocket Brush Pens at Wet Paint. Sometimes there is a run on these pens (young people, manga artists, graphic novelists, just about everyone seems to want one) so I like to keep a new, unused one in the wrapper, in my desk.
If you are looking for a brush pen that will travel well (I’ve flown to France and back with mine in my pocket and no problems at any time; and carried it for almost 4 years in my pack, again, no problems, not one leak) you need to look into this pen. Depending on your vendor you’ll pay from $13 to $18. It’s well worth it. Just pop in a new ink cartridge when you run out of ink. And start logging the miles and miles of happy lines that almost 4 years can bring (four years and counting!) That’s worth it.