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I’ve been using a pen this last year that I have to share with my fellow cartoonists and illustrators… the Soft and Hard Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens for Calligraphy and Art Drawings. (The Amazon code is 62038.)
I always loved the idea of brush pens and had been using the Tombow N15 (black) for such a long time. The problem was twofold; they’re water-based and smudge under my palms, and they fray too quickly. Within an hour of drawing, that nice, firm tip becomes soft and begins to become shaggy, not to mention lose its deep black. The N35 (Process black) is a nice alternative, too for deep blacks… just don’t get them wet, or you’ll have a purple mess on your hands.
The Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen maintains that consistently firm brush tip, so if you’re working on several pages over time, you don’t have to worry about the line fattening out or trying to manage line-widths. It also seems to last a lot longer than other pocket brush pens like the double-tipped Kuretake pocket pens.
Oh, and yes! They are, mercifully, waterproof. I’ve been using them for New Yorker cartoons lately and they’ve been holding up nicely with a wash.
Give them a try and let me know what you think!