i am curious as to what brand of ink everyone uses. i did a few searches and found answers from a select few, but it does not entail the sort of specifics i am curious about.
i need a black ink, which will be used to fill pens and brushes. it must be black, more black than satan's anus in an underground cave on a moonless night.
i recently ran out of Staedtler Mars matic paper 745 ink, and purchased a bottle of Higgins Eternal Permanent Black Ink by Sanford.
Higgins ink is pure shit. it is washed out violet and is nowhere near black, the only thing permanent about it is the pathetic quality. the wrath i feel at this moment as i stare at a faded purple-gray ink drawing i just did is intense, and i owe this fury to Higgins and their awful awful product which should not exist. whats worse is that i can't even use it as a ink wash with brushes because of the pigment used in the ink only gets more purple as you add water. its worse than Copic markers and their so-called 'black'.
Copic markers have a golden oily snot-shine to their black ink which is borderline vomit inducing, if you use it over dried acrylic be prepared for a mirror finish of glowing ugliness. but markers are another topic, i digress.
rapidograph black india ultradraw ink was alright, it looks fine when it is wet, but as it dries on paper it dries several degrees lighter and loses some impact. instead of gray the bottle i had when dilluted had a sepia hue to it.
i also remember being none to impressed with black cat india ink and it immediately fading as it is absorbed into paper, but i can't say i was paying good attention to it last time i used it several years back.
my love of staedtler mars matic 745 ink is unparalleled. i can only find it online, and would have to wait several weeks until it arrives, so i need something to work with to pass the time.
drop a line about your experiences with ink types, be specific as possible. i'm finding the more i try out different inks the more picky and angered i become, i'd appreciate it if i could save some money by not buying low grade products marketed as professional quality.
thanks in advance.