7 Best sketching pens you need to try

Start experimenting with various sketching pens.

Every time I have the chance, I jump at the opportunity to test out new sketching pens. Everything from ballpoint pens, inky pens, and any other random pens you can find in an office supply store.

Just as I shared some of my favorite drawing pencils, I wanted to share my experiences using these different sketching pens with you. Not digital pens or styluses. This is purely about my favorite tools to draw animals with and for making any other drawing ideas come to life.

These are some of my favorite sketching pens

If you're like me, the hunt for the perfect sketching pen is never-ending. In fact, I've found I prefer different sketching pens depending on the mood I'm in.

1. Lami Fountain Drawing Pens

This pen is perfect for writing and practicing calligraphy. It's an inexpensive option if you would like to try fountain pens. It produced a nice inky line. One you would expect it would produce just from looking at it.

2. Uni Pin Fineliner Drawing Pens

This pen comes in five different tip sizes. Also, it's waterproof and comes with lightfast ink. The Uni Pin produces a fairly consistent line. Meaning, no blotching. It also has a blacker ink.

3. Faber-Castell Pitt Artists' Drawing Pens

A high-quality pen made specifically for drawing. It comes in black, sanguine, and sepia. It also has four nib sizes. A solid pen that is also accurate. It's manufactured by one of the world’s largest and highly regarded art supply manufacturers, Faber-Castell.

4. Pilot Drawing Pens

A great pen. Though it doesn’t move as slowly as some competitors, it lends itself to light sketching. it is also nice to grip. An essential benefit if you’re drawing for hours. Also, it’s fairly inexpensive. While it's not the most well-designed pens, you can create great lines with it in your drawings.

5. Pentel Color Brush Drawing Pens

This is painterly pen creates incredibly varied strokes. From super-thick to thin and delicate. Essentially, it's a brush. Controlling it while you draw will take some practice. You have to embrace that it'll never be perfect. However, this adds to a more interesting drawing experience. This pen is used and has been made famous by artist, Kim Jung Gi. While it takes longer to dry than most pens, it's also water-soluble. So you can go over your drawings with a water wash to create more interesting drawings.

While not sketching pens, these markers are just as fun to draw with. Drawing in the same way as you would with any other drawing pen.

6. Posca markers

Posca markers are able to be used on metal, glass, plastic, stone, fabric, fiberglass, and most other surfaces. They're acrylic paint markers that aren't toxic. They don’t bleed. Plus, they blend well. Also, once dried, they create an opaque layer. Completely covering anything below them. Full of amazing features, they come in many colors, and they have the ability to draw thin and thick lines. The thinner versions of these markers are closer to the feel of some drawing pens. Perfect for any artist who wants to start drawing on things other than paper.

7. Prismacolor Markers

Prismacolor markers are some of the most durable markers I've ever used. Which is why I enjoy using them. You don't worry about how precious they are, such as Copic Markers. They're fine The ink doesn’t bleed, the colors blend well and they are durable to work with.

Sometimes when you hit a drawing block creatively, a new drawing pen can help you draw more. Simply changing your tool in the slightest. Whether there is less ink flow, more ink flow, ink that smears easy. Drawing with a variety of different drawing pens can help you out of a rut.

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