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    Fine tip or ballpoint?

    Hi,

    what do you prefer - fine tip or ballpoint pen when skechting (if you actually sketch with these tools) ?

    I find fine tips not susceptible to tilt. You have to keep them pretty vertically when sketching. I've bought Steadtler Mars Professional recently and it sucks big time!

    So now I'm looking into ballpoints, 'cause I think you can tilt'em more than fine tips.

    And what are your preferences? Or do you use other ink tools?

    P.S.

    I don't know why, but sketching with ink (whith its danger of errors being permament and unerasable) is much bigger fun for me than skeching with pencils.

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    eh, use what works for you.

    also, here's a discussion about ballpoints and such.

    [edit] fine i'll answer the questions:
    i'd say 95 out of 100 times i'll use a pencil for sketching. typically a 6H very faintly.
    maybe 4 of 100 will be directly with ink or paint first, (gel rollers)
    maybe 1 out of 100 will be ballpoint. this is reserved for doodles in public mostly.

    for inking images i use a technical pen set and brush and ink (black acrylic sometimes depending on the surface), which i never sketch with, they are the work-horse of my toolbox and i keep them out of danger of violent sketching strokes.

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    I sketch with whatever is at hand, though I tend to make sure I have things I enjoy sketching with at hand; liquid ball points, fresh markers, .7 mech. pencils, and soft pencils. I make sure to have at leasy one on hand at all times.

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    Definitely ballpoints. They're dry. Which makes it much easier to fade off.

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    I do a lot of sketching with ballpoints - there is more tonal variation if wanted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gfxapprentice View Post
    You have to keep them pretty vertically when sketching. I've bought Steadtler Mars Professional recently and it sucks big time!
    While I like technical pens, I'm not a fan of those particular pens. They bleed under wash, so now I use them very rarely for anything.

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    Well, ballpoint pens are easier to take with you and easily available. Great for sketching and sometimes you can get professional results from them. But for quality line work, there is no real substitute for ink using quill pens, brush, etc. Try 'em all, I say.

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    I usually have my set of sakura felt tips with me, but I don't sketch with them except for sizes 1 through 3, which are all some large sized nibs for dark and bold pen sketching.

    but yeah, if I don't have those I'm rocking anything at hand, I used french fries once.

    the problem is that anything under size 02 (a .30 mm tip) tends to brake and lose their nibs, or dry up pretty quickly with too much detail work.

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    I've bought today PILOT Hi-Tecpoint V7 (it's a Needlepoint Rollerball) and it works great! Smooth, you can tilt it pretty much and draw with further grip like with pencil.

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    Recently I use both. Ballpoint for soft thin lines, fine tip for sharp thick lines. It looks good this way beacause of variety.

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    I use a set of Staedtler pigment liners in sizes .1 to .7 for most of my pen and ink drawing while on the go. If they aren't at hand, then I will use a ballpoint with good results. I prefer graphite while working in the studio, but don't like it for sketching in the field because of smudging.

    Sometimes I use a Prismacolor pencil, usually in blue, because it handles like a graphite pencil, but doesn't smudge.

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