More pie… In Colour!


Another revisit to my favourite cherry pie slice. This time however I used India Inks instead of watercolour.
I have to admit, inks definitely have a lot more vividly bright colour to them even after drying. And I do like the outlines on this.
The only downside to the India Inks I used is that when dry, they dry glossy, but a few spritzes of matte medium toned it down significantly.

P.H. Martin’s Bombay India Inks.


Pineapples and Palm Leaves

Recently finished my old sketchbook, so I had to start a new one. As much as I enjoy the fact that this cover is much easier to draw all over compared to my last one, I must say that I absolutely hate this sketchbook. The paper is not to my liking plus the binding of the book started coming apart after the first few uses. Now to be fair maybe I’m too aggressive with my sketchbooks but I think it’s because there was no ribbon or any extra support for the binding with this. Maybe I’ll add some to prevent it from falling apart but not a good move Picadilly.

Aside from hating the sketchbook, the pretty palm leaves and pineapples were both done in some metallic markers. I like the markers.

Zig Fudebiyori Metallic in Gold and Green.

Kuretake Brush Pen Review Pt. 2






I continued my experiments with my Kuretake Brush Pens. Above, I tried blending them according to the tips on Kuretake’s website. One was painting the lighter colour over the darker colour while the ink is still wet, which left a less gradient like effect. The other was to paint the tip of the brush pen with the darker colour and then paint on the paper, which yielded a much nicer gradient (see the brown to yellow swatch, the second one on the bottom row from the left).

I also experimented adding water to the ink on the paper.

Results are after the break.

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Kuretake Brush Pen Review

So I recently purchased a pack of 12 of Kuretake’s Clean Color Brush Pens. Here is a review I have done of them so far.


So I first swatched all the colours to see what they looked like.  They have great pigment to them, are really bright and don’t appear to bleed through the paper (I used a plain moleskine notebook). Afterwards I played around with some doodles.  These pens create finer lines than Pentel’s brush pen, which I like. You can see with the flowers I tried blending the colours, I learned afterwards that there was a better way to blend them. The tree branches and leaves were testing brushstrokes.

Overall,  I like these pens, they’d be amazing for when I do gesture drawings.  Furthermore,  I’d like to see if I can use water with these pens, so you may see a secondary review on them in the future.

Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen Review/Test

I bought the Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen about a month ago. I haven’t tested it out much, and so far not on any finished
pieces (I haven’t finished anything lately -_-‘). I did do a few tests though to see how I like it.

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Here are the supposed “fruits” of my tests. As you can see I mostly used it to get branches, and leaves down, which I find are tons easier to do using a brush and ink rather than drawing/outlining with a pigment liner. I also doodled a face, an eye and attempted to write, rather haphazardly.

This was done in a 50 lb acid-free paper sketchbook.

I like that this pen’s ink is fairly opaque, I haven’t tested its impervious-ness to water yet, although it claims to be waterproof. I like that I can get a nice variety of line weights fairly easily with this. I feel like I need a lot more control trying to do anything calligraphic with this pen, compared to an actual brush and ink (I’m pretty decent with a brush and ink after a very heavily practiced birthday gift for a friend). I do plan t use this however for eyes and hair line work. I find it allows me to draw amazing lashes relatively quickly without too much filling in.

I also found that if I moved in too quick a motion the ink flow had trouble keeping up, and I would end up with fuzzy-lines as opposed to crisp ones. I should also mention that the ink will bleed depending on paper type and how long you hold the brush tip in the same spot.

Overall, I like this pen, but it won’t be my go to for line work, unless I need to travel around while finishing work.

To sum up:

– Opaque Ink
– Nice variety in line weights
– Portable

– Tends to bleed if held in one spot for too long
– Ink flow has trouble keeping up with fast movements
-I still manage to get ink all over my hands

You can get one here if you’d like: Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen

**Disclaimer: All items reviewed were purchased with my own money.**

Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Test


I got a set of 8 Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 pens recently, and I this was one of my test runs. The ones I have are 1.0 mm, which for me is pretty large since I typically use I like these though, really smooth ink flow and bright colours. Here are the orange, red, light blue, blue and black pens. I’ve read some reviews on these and people mentioned not being a fan of the ink buildup on the tip. Personally I don’t mind to much since I only use pen for my really rough stuff. Anyways, I love these, just wishing they had thinner barrels since I’m not too comfortable with the width of the barrels in my hand.

Happy Wednesday!

1.0mm Blue, Black, Orange, Red Paper Mate Pens.