Add personality and boldness to your art with these top inking picks
If you’re looking to expand your inking skills, a good brush pen is pretty much required. While we love the crisp and consistent lines left by technical pens, there’s nothing that can match the boldness and personality of drawing with a brush pen.
Using a bristle tip lets you vary your line width immensely, from thin trails to blocky sweeps.
Brush pens are also a HUGE time saver compared to using ink and brushes separately. No clean up, dipping or messy ink blotches flying around!
Many of the industries top comic artists, illustrators and cartoonists swear by brush pens, including masters like Karl Kopinski and Kim Jung Gi.
You’ll find the majority of our entries listed below come from Japanese brands, who have the best reputation when it comes to brush pens. That likely stems from their heritage in calligraphy, where the quality of your bristles and ink are highly important.
As a general rule, calligraphy tools tend to be made to a higher standard than “artist’s pens” and are a good term to look for.
In this round up we’ll share the best brush pens available based on our own experience. Each entry will offer a list of the pen’s best features, plus a link where you can try it for yourself.
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Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen
Pentel’s pocket brush pen is one of the best all rounders due to its phenomenal quality and reusability. Strokes leave a rich, India-ink blackness without streaking or bleeding through the paper.
The ink cartridges are cheap and simple to replace, plus the bristles maintain their point even after extended use.