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    What type of pen should I get?

    I do alot of pen art and I was wondering what good pens to use for I just use those cheap papermate ones?
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    I'd say get a whole bunch of different kinds and see what happens with each of them. Right now, I have a little Uniball Extrafine that I use to sketch on the train. But when I'm home doing more "serious" work, I use a colection of crow quill pens that I inherited from my grandfather (he used them to copy sheet music 50-odd years ago). Different tools give different kinds of marks so try a whole mess of them and see which one suits you best.

    (I generally don't recommend techincal pens, since you can't vary the line weight through a single stroke with them. But if that's not a worry to you, then give them a shot, too.)
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    Thank you
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    A mystery: why is not matter how many types of pens and ink I use, the freshest and most interesting drawings only seem to happen when i'm using a leaky biro on the back of an old envelope while sitting on a train? Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony. (Geek points to whoever spots the obvious quote first)
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    Microns work wonders. I have used them exclusevily for the past 6 years.
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    do those pens smear when you go over them with marker?
    are there pens that i should watch out for in terms of smearing?(besides ballpoint)

    oh and hrmmm maybe The Matrix
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    no smwaering, let them dry for a couple minutes first. They are acid free, and hold up very well. Just don't erase the heck out of them and they will last.
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    I personaly love Ball point pens. You can get very nice variations in strokes if you use them properly but it creates a very bold affect that you cant get as well with a pencil.

    Alternativly you can use a gel ink pen to go over pencil drawings to give them a nice clean look without having to erase your guide lines.
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    Try a bunch and see what works for you!

    Most of my ink work is done with a combination of crow quill,calligraphy pen nibs, and brushes. I just like the feel of dipping into a jar of ink.

    I also use some microtec (I think they are made by Sakura) and they produce a good consistent line and come in a variety of line weights.

    My favorite technical pen is an old rotring from drafting. Can be a bear to clean and maintain, but it is still the best line in town.

    Grumbacher makes some nice pens. There are really good for sketching.

    Good luck and enjoy!

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    When it comes to choosing what type of pen to use I find its no different then decideing what pencil grade your looking for. It all depends on the style your looking for in your drawing. Like I said before, ball pionts can create a bold picture but you can also add soft strokes to your piece. Last night i did a ten minute sketch of a beast/dragon thingy-majig with a ball piont and I wish I could show you but i dont have any webspace :'(.
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    whats a nib pen?
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    Thumbs up Use them all

    A nib is a pen that you dip in some ink I use them alot ..the're great for really sharp line width variation. also try using a brush, but be sure to buy a good one Like a Winsor-newton series 7 #2 or even a Rapheal works great too Oh yeah make sure they are sable watercolor and not synthetic..dickblick is about the cheapest source for that stuff. Other than that use WHATEVER you can get your hands on! Im constantly buying new pens and tryin them out. I favor microns and rapidiographs but for pen sketches I love ball points. Hope this helps. also get your hands on some prismacolor markers or copics..they will help develop your style as far as large shapes and shadings go too.
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    i found that with isopropyl alcohol you can dilute ballpoint pen ink somewhat.. give them a wash-like effect.. kinda neat..
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