I’m finally kicking off a new series I’ve been meaning to do – “supply me”. I get a lot of questions regarding certain supplies I use or prefer, and thought this could be a cool way to address it. I’ll feature one of my favorite art supplies, how or why I use it, and why you could end up loving it too…
ahh the almighty pitt pen. this has been my primary weapon of choice for several years now. while I’ve always had one or two on hand in my studio, it didn’t really become something I used everyday until a comic book class I took two years back. nowadays I carry a big ol’ bag of em with me at all times.
+ what it is – they are essentially really yummy pens with pigmented india ink and are more frequently used by illustrators or comic book artists. they come in a variety of ‘nib’ sizes (tips) and shades of ink. they don’t smudge, can create really clean line work, and essentially replace old school ink & brush drawing methods. my absolute favorite and ‘go to’ brand is Faber-Castell.
+ when to use it – almost all of my black & gray illustrations I do are done with pitt pens. they’re practically an essential supply when it comes to any sort of paper and ink drawing. but fear not, they are great for other things too! these pens are excellent for any sort of mixed media work (ie- journaling), as they go over paint/gesso/gel medium with no problem. if you’re a stationary or paper geek, they’re fantastic for lettering or addressing an envelope (as seen above).
+ where to find it – pretty much any art store carries these bad boys. I usually buy them at blick, as they have a great in store selection where you can snag individual pens (without having to buy a set). I make it a point now to grab a new pitt every time I’m there (hence why my collection is as big as it is!). if you’re just starting out, it’s not a bad idea to get yourself a small wallet set that features a variety of sizes (like this 4 pack off amazon). if you’re just going to pick up individual pens, get yourself these nib sizes to start: S, XS, B (and in BLACK). be sure to always double check your ink color by reading the label on the side of your pen.
+ bonus tip – for some of the larger and more ‘brush-like’ nibs (like a size B), there’s a good way to save a few bucks and stretch the life of it. when they start to blow out on you (ie- get all scraggly and no longer a nice clean point), there’s a way to actually flip the ink around and get a fresh nib. see a demo here.
happy inking friends.