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    Unreliable pens

    Whenever I use pens like rollerballs, gel inks, ballpoints etc I get this phenomenon: The pen lays down ink fine and then after about twenty minutes of drawing it starts to stutter blank out and I have to restate line after line until it becomes pointless to continue. Lots of different types of pens, printer paper, different types of sketchbook paper, different environments.

    What do you think it is is? Paper fibres in the mechanism? Do you have any strategies for dealing with it? Pen recommendations?

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    Mm, do you press down hard when you draw? That can sometimes ruin pens.

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    It might be you No, seriously, maybe you are smearing your pages with your hand, making it greasy or moist? I know that cheap paper, cheap pens, bad paper-pen combinations can kill you, but if you tried different materials, we can rule that one out. Another problem might be the climate, where either humid, dry or cold can cause troubles? Ask somebody else to draw with your materials? Try to keep systematically ruling out conditions...

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    One dealing strategy that sometimes helps and has brought pens back from the dead for me is sucking on the tip. Just a brief intense suck or two is often enough but be careful not to get ink in your mouth. (sound way dirty )

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    I've noticed temperature seems to affect ballpoints and similar pens... They're hard to start on cold days. (No, really, they are.)

    It might also be how you hold the pen... If the point isn't pointing down at a steep enough angle, the ink kind of stops flowing. I notice if I'm sketching or writing with a ballpoint on the couch, and I get comfy and lean back so the pen is almost horizontal or even slanting upward, then it pretty much stops working. If I sit up straight the pen works again.

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    All good suggestions. Thanks a lot. I do have some bad drawing habits. I'll test these out and get back to you.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nofu View Post
    but be careful not to get ink in your mouth.
    So what happens then? Spit or swallow?

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    I'd say thats a spit situation.

    I've also found the same problems with ballpoints. Them not working that is, not sucking on them. It's an inherent thing with the pen itself and not really worth getting worked up about because, well, they're just cheapo pens really.

    Sounds like you're doing the best thing though - trying different angles and positions to find the best one for you.

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