Pace – a being that is the combination of both the unrelenting power of pansexuality and the unstoppable strength of asexuality. Whether the Pace will use this power to conquer the universe or serve up a mean plate of ravioli depends upon the summoners’ wills (and appetites)
I finally bought myself a better together pouch from mochithings so I can use only what I need. I tend to bring like 4 pencil cases with all of my supplies but this let’s me bring my necessities. Lol. I passed by the business building at my school and Sakura were in bloom! 😍🌸 such a wonderful day out.
I’m still in the process of writing a thorough piece on this, but in the interest of getting your foot in the door I’ve got a handful of different black inks that’re good for drawing! I’ve got them divided into two categories - dye-based and pigmented. The vast majority of fountain pen inks have liquid coloring agents, or dyes, which are low-maintenance and have no clogging issues. The downside to this is that they tend to be a bit less saturated and are quite a bit less waterproof, so depending on the brand and how much ink is on the paper you could see some blending, bleeding or smudging.
Course, there are a couple of fountain pen inks out there that ARE pigment-based, with particles small enough to pass through the feed without clogging. They’re rare, and universally pricier than most normal inks, but boy are they worth it - incredibly dark, water-resistant, quick-drying AND multimedia-friendly. Really the only downside to them other than price is more diligent upkeep on your pen; while the particles won’t ever damage your feed, buildup overtime could potentially lead to inkflow issues down the road if you don’t clean your pen out once a month or so. Hell, even if that does happen, a good flush with the proper cleaning solution or a quick scrub with a toothbrush will shake loose that buildup and you’ll be good to go again.
One last thing before we begin: if you’re just getting started with fountain pens and bottled ink, some of the prices here might seem a bit shocking. It’s a higher overhead when beginning, but one bottle of ink can easily last you 8-12 months, if not longer. Think about how fast a $9.00 3-pack of rollerball pens winds up in the garbage, or even a fistful of Sakura Microns. Most fountain pens worth their salt will be doing heavy lifting for north of a decade, so in the long run they’re pretty damn economical!
Noodler’s ($13): Your mileage may vary on some of these. Noodler’s is like the Willy Wonka of ink manufacturers - they’ve got an enormous spread of color choices, plenty of imaginative limited-edition stuff, and their formulas can have some pretty wild properties from freeze resistance to anti-feathering. Bulletproof Black is their most popular black, famous for its unique permanent properties - it binds to cellulose in paper. While this makes it water-resistant and tamper-proof, I’ve also found it to behave strangely on certain papers like moleskine pages. X-Feather’s another good choice, especially for those using less-than-ideal paper; on top of being a spectacular black, it resists bleeding/feathering. X-Feather takes forever to dry, so you’ll need to be careful while sketching, but if you’re a printer paper junkie with a hard-on for crispy lines, this might be your ticket. Sometimes they even bundle free pens with their inks, so keep an eye out!
Diamine Onyx Black ($7.50 - $15.00): Gotta hand it to Diamine, they can make a hell of a nice ink on the cheap. Onyx Black is quite saturated for the price, with some minor purple shading that tends to show up in a lot of even the pricier inks. You can get 30ml of this stuff for just a bit over seven bucks, which is absolutely perfect if you’re looking to score a good ink and pen at once on a tight budget.
Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi ($20-28): This one’s on the steep side, but it also happens to be the darkest and most well-behaved dye-based ink I’ve yet used. Very saturated, you’ll only see this stuff shade if you’re laying it down wide and fast.
Platinum Carbon Black ($20): Now we’re talking. PCB’s been my go-to for years now - it’s abyssal, water-resistant, plays extremely well with other media, and is just really fucking black. Jumping to this from the dye-based inks of yore was like night and day, and I haven’t turned back. On the rare occasion it does wind up shading it’s an extremely dark gray, and it dries quickly with a very minor reflective finish. I’ve yet to find a paper or liquid medium that causes it to smear or otherwise misbehave, and I’m not quite sure I ever will. It’s a quantum leap in quality, and considering it’s only about 5 bucks more per bottle than many dye-based inks of the same volume I’ll take that hike any day.
Graaf von Faber-Castell Carbon Black ($30): Holy shit, I only recently procured a sample of this stuff and it’s even more intense than Platinum’s offering. It’s darker and more matte somehow! Maybe one day when I’m swilling the blood of the proletariat and licking coelacanth caviar off toast points I’ll be able to afford this stuff on the reg, otherwise it’ll remain an extremely indulgent acme of ink. If you’re feeling the itch, I don’t think you can do any better than this stuff!
I bought these beautiful books from @iostopan, and I wanted to share them on here. These are hand bound and gilded, and I am going to reblog a video where shows his gilding process with the brown book. The pages are blank, and can handle my pens very well (Sakura micron pens to be exact). They are very pleasant to hold, and the construction is sturdy. I’m excited to treasure these; I absolutely adore them (and yes, he engraved my initials upon the cover, as this was an option on the Etsy listing)!
I am on mobile, but you can see Stopan’s listings from his blog. Shipping was also very fast, these shipped from Bulgaria to California within a week or two. It is worth a look!
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Hello ! I hope you're doing good. Anyways I want to ask about how can I make more detailed art ? How can I improve in detailing its been really hard for me. Thank you !
One thing that will help is drawing larger. When you draw small, you’re going to lose a lot of details.
So if you use traditional methods, use a larger piece of paper and make sure you are filling it up, not drawing tiny in a corner. Buy some sakura micron pens too. .005 is really good for detailed work because it is absolutely tiny.
If you use digital, then make bigger canvases. If you draw small, you can enlarge it when you plan to line or paint. The bigger the image is the easier it will be to draw details because there will be more pixels.}
Always ask if you can push it further. Is it detailed enough? Where can you embellish more? Remember that.
Study artists who have detailed art styles! I’ll share a few of my favorites with you~
So. Many. PENS. I started off with what I use the most but I have so many it just sort of escalated. This isn’t even all of them. This is the same problem I have with sketchbook, but at least I’m using these!
So for reference, across the top are maped graph peps and along the right is my current go to pen, the pilot g2 in 0.38, which is not only the thinnest not for that particular type of pen but the hardest to even find again. Under that are my gellyroll soufflé pens and my muji 0.38 gel pens in ALL THE COLORS. At the bottom are my inkjoy gel pens in 0.7, because you can’t get all the colors in 0.5 oh well, my kuretake fudegokochi and pentel brush pen from inktober, a freebie ballpoint pen I got from a company that offers custom pens (???) Two pilot hi-tec maica in 04, pink and blue, a ten color ballpoint pen company unknown and one of those really cute novelty Japanese import pens that all seem to have the same ink so yeah. And on the left there’s my gellyroll moonlight pens and a selection of micron pens the majority of which is 005, the smallest size from when I was going to make micro at my focus. Yeah. And also I almost forgot about the Jane Davenport Inkredible pen!
And again that’s not even all of them that’s just the main set! I bet if I made a video about all my pens it would be like 15 minutes long. (I’m not going to do that)
Aaaaaaahh thank you so much!!! I’m not fond of fem/male!chacracter art but have a prince todo instead!!
Regarding your questions, I’m not sure if you meant traditionally or digitally- digitally, I use medibang paint. I use either pen or pencil for sketch and lineart, fill tool for flats, watercolor for shading (sometimes airbrush too to soften the shades) and watercolor/airbrush for highlights as well. In this doodle, I only used the pencil brush and the watercolor brushes.
Traditionally, I use sakura micron pens for lineart and promarkers to color - I recently bought zig’s clean color brushes so I will probably use them too in the future!
You can ask me questions if you want! I stream sometimes, so you can watch my process when I do!
One of my pencil cases including the supplies I keep in there + my bland view of wet cement and trees.
→ 2 sets of post-it notes
→ 1 Ghostbusters eraser in the pocket underneath my sticky notes
→ 4 Paper Mate pencils
→ A set of Muji Pens
→ 5 Staedtlers (you can’t see them in the pictures I’ve taken because they’re buried deep down below ˚‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥᷄⌓˂̣̣̥᷅ )‧º·˚)
→ A set of Micron pens
Ordered everything in here from Amazon except for the sticky notes + eraser!