alexturnerings asked: heyhey slimm, i always forget to ask you this ugh, but if you dont mind, what kind of brush pen(s) do you use?? thank u! ;w; -bnie
oh yes I get this question all the time but I will never ever get tired of answering it because I LOVE PENS
my favorite pen brands are Kuretake and Zebra!!! I’ve used their kuretake no 33 a lot (a recommendation from the magnificent mad, who inks with this and nothing else, last I heard) for my webcomic back when I inked it by hand. It’s pretty weird if you’ve never used a brush pen so big before, and it takes some practice to get used to, but it’s a great pen with good, dark ink, and it’ll never fray (you can tell it’s running out of ink when it starts to squeak, or draws in a more gray than black).
Kuretake Disposable Pocket Brush Pens are also ssssuuuuper great for getting lines that are thin and consistent, but still have the organic feel of a brush pen. Zebra Disposable are almost identical, but I think their largest size is bigger than the Medium kuretake disposable. Since they are “disposable”, though, they do lose their fine point relatively quickly, so it’s good to buy several at a time.
A few times I’ve used the Pentel Brush Pen, and it’s probably the most difficult thing to use, but it’s fantastic once you get used to it. I can really only get it to work for me properly when I’m working at a pretty decent scale (like 14x17 or larger); the lines can be incredibly fine, but working small-scale is stressful because brush pens don’t always like to do exactly what you want them to.
I also recently bought a regular ol’ sable brush and some speedball ink, and it’s pretty rad if you’re looking for the brushiest brush inks you can get!! It definitely takes practice, but it’s superior to using the Pentel because you can control the ink flow, so your line won’t always get choppy if you draw too fast. You gotta take really good care of brushes, though— real sable hair brushes are expensive, and so it’s not worth it to buy one unless you’re going to baby it! (Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo is good for cleaning real hair brushes, I’m told).
UH THAT WAS A LOT OF INFO but I hope it helps!!! Brush inking is the raddest and I love it. Jetpens, the website I linked, also gives you free shipping if you buy $25-worth of pens or more, so it’s a good idea to stock up all at once or team up with a buddy to hit that mark. GO FORTH AND INK MY FRIEND