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The Pen Test

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Pen test?

At some point along the way, you're bound to come across some higher quality drawing pens - much better than the standard or 'clicker' ball point pens that are so readily available.

But by higher quality - what exactly do we mean anyway? Well - now's a good time to go over that test.

Here are some key factors to look for in a high quality drawing pen - things that really do make all the difference when it comes to creating high-quality cartoon artwork.

  • Waterproof
  • Quick-Drying
  • Acid-Free Ink
  • Very Consistent Line
  • Doesn't 'Clog Up' at the End
  • OpaqueBlack Ink (for printing!)

Truly, all of the above factors are important when creating high-quality inked drawings.

Pen Test

The waterproof factor is obvious. Nothing's worse than seeing your work go to ruins, all over a little bit of water. And for sure - the 'quick dry' is a must!

From experience, there is really only one I've ever used that passed the test with flying colors - the Pigma Micron. Microns come in all sorts of widths - my favorite being a #05. There is a '#01' size, perfect for the finest of details.

And just as the list above details, Microns are amazing on all levels - my favorite feature being that they are EXTREMELY consistent, never blotting or clogging up - and always maintaining a perfect, sharp line.

If you haven't yet tried a Micron, I highly recommend you give them a try. They really make all the difference if you're serious about making high quality inked drawings.

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