Trying to learn how to do underpaint  (is that a word?), this is about 2 different layers each sealed with a matte medium. The base layer is the ink shading, and the second is the watercolour tint. I’m still sorting how I feel about this technique, I need to try it more I think.

Ink, Watercolour and White gel pen


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.**