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For years, I've owned a particular non-photo blue ballpoint called Illustrator and it worked flawlessly for me for layout/thumbnails. However, I've noticed that they don't make this kind anymore? If so, is there a similar ballpoint that does this? This Illustrator ballpoint was one of my favorite tools to use and would love to have something like that again in my hands. I already have non-repro blue pencils so that's already a given.
I tried Amazon and Utrecht but they didn't have this kind in stock :/. You'll see the attached photos of what it looks like.
EDIT: btw, I don't think Sanford made this product? I've been trying to remember who made these way back in the day.
Non-photo blue had its use in the days that black-white copiers didn't copy them. Nowadays, most copiers/scanners are colour copiers, or so good that they pick up everything. Also, there are easier ways to filter out colours. So, non-photo blue is dying a slow death...
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It's not surprising if that's the case, however, non repro blue pencils are still out there which means artists continue to use them. I don't think it's really a problem because, really, if someone uses the non repro blue pen/pencil, they can still be 'blocked' out by toggling between RGB and Greyscale on scanners via Photoshop. In other words, program the scanner to 'ignore' the blue, focusing on the darkest lines.Non-photo blue had its use in the days that black-white copiers didn't copy them. Nowadays, most copiers/scanners are colour copiers, or so good that they pick up everything. Also, there are easier ways to filter out colours. So, non-photo blue is dying a slow death...
Non repro blue is still a valuable tool to use to do layout or building out the foundation on surface. It's one reason why I love the pen for its fluidity and fine lines without having to sharpen.
You might want to ask animators. I'm pretty sure old school still use them a fair bit.
Animators barely use pencils, as traditional animation is going through a near-death experience. Traditional animators/layout artists use whatever colour they want...
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It's not surprising to me, really because most of them do it on computer, usually by hand with Cintiqs or anything similar to that to control the layers and move files around through the pipeline (if I understand that correctly).