I’ve decided I need to up my game when it comes to lettering and brush-based ink work. I’ve been doing more of it in the design projects I’ve taken on, lately, and want (ok, need) to be better at it.
With that in mind, I’ve been playing around with a few disposable brush pens: The Tombow dual-tipped ABT N15, the Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen, the Sakura Pigma Brush, and a semi-disposable Pentel brush pen. Samples of the pens and their respective lines are posted above.
Right now, I favor the Sakura Pigma Brush, because it’s very responsive. The downside is that it’s very responsive, as well…it transfers all the hand’s little twitches and idiosyncratic movements very precisely. I like the idea of the Pentel, since it’s refillable, and uses synthetic hairs to make up the brush head (the others use a rubber-like material, formed into a brush tip). Unfortunately, it’s very, well, brushy. The line isn’t as clean and solid as I’d prefer.
Have you had experience with these pens? Which do you like?