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05-06-2010, 01:41 PM
Seems I remember reading and viewing someone's journal who uses the pentel brush pens. Anyone remember who that was? I'm thinking of getting a couple to play with in an art journal. Any comments?

05-06-2010, 01:51 PM
I haven't tried the Pentel brush pens, but I love the Tombow brush pens and use those for doing notans before I do any serious pastels or some other types of paintings. I also love using the Pitt Artist Pens brush pens and have been tempted to get the Big Brush ones sometime.

Let me know if the Pentel ones are good. Brush pens are very expressive and it's a great speedy sketch medium. You can get thick-thin lines easy, you can fill in large areas fast and get swooping strokes with quick motions. They're very dramatic and lend themselves to Chinese painting techniques since they were invented for Asian writing.

05-06-2010, 01:54 PM
Thanks, Robert. The pentel ones have refills which I thought was nice. I though they might be fun to try out on the trip. Sounds like I'm only doing art on that trip, huh? :lol:

WC Lee
05-09-2010, 01:50 AM
I have used the Tombow brush pen, good pen but a tad on the long side. The other brush pens I got is the Sakura Pigma brush pen and the Pitt 6 pen Manga Grey Set which would be great for doing notans and sketches. I just took a look at the pentel ones you mentioned and it's water-based, don't know how well it will hold up if two different colors run together or if a watercolor wash is used. The ink in the Sakura Pigma pen is quick-drying, waterproof, fade-resistant, and of archival quality. It will not smear once dry and colors in different colors as well though not as many as the pentel.

05-16-2010, 03:49 AM
I've used brushpens and Tombow - you need to use a sketchbook that isn't too small or the size of marks is too overwhelming. I like both.

Brenda Y
05-31-2010, 04:55 PM
The Pentel Brush Pens are REAL brushes, not the flexible felt tips that Tombow and some other "brush" pens are. The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is supurb for ink/wash work. It is waterproof black ink and you can get a huge variety of lines with it. The regular, not "pocket", Pentel Brush Pens do come in colors and I had one that I didn't care for because it leaked. I've not tried another one of those, so don't know if I got a faulty pen or if that is a common problem with them. I ADORE the pocket brush pen and recommend Jet Pens as a supplier. Here is the link

05-31-2010, 05:35 PM
Yes I like the flexible bristles of the proper brush tip - I quite like the Tombow as well for occasional drawings as they are water soluble and can be really free.

A few years ago I did a whole series of work in an A4 book with a Japanese black brush pen (proper bristles one) with watercolour. At that scale the lines are really too dominant.

I used it in combination with charcoal in some A1 drawings and really loved it.

It is languishing at the bottom of a drawer in need of a refill at the moment

06-01-2010, 12:26 AM
Brenda, that's interesting. So they're more like a water brush pre-loaded with paint, that could be interesting. Might try a black one to see if I like them, or a blue or sepia -- some good monochrome color.

06-01-2010, 05:06 AM
warning: the refills run out pretty fast!

06-01-2010, 05:35 AM

This is what I mean - this is a very old sketch in an A4 sketchbook (about 11.5 ins across) - I'd just got the brushpen and was loving it - but the marks are really too much for the size of paper.

06-01-2010, 06:32 AM
Looks like an interesting product with the brush being a real one loaded with cartridge refills. It seems that every pen manufacturer is now making "brush pens" like Faber-Castel's PITT pens, CIAO copics, etc.

06-06-2010, 12:08 PM
Seems I remember reading and viewing someone's journal who uses the pentel brush pens. Anyone remember who that was? I'm thinking of getting a couple to play with in an art journal. Any comments?
Thanks! Dena
Here is Ode to a Pentel Brush Pen (http://www.grandallusions.com/ode-to-a-pentel-brush-pen/), by "trev stair". Interesting!

Here is a Pentel Brush Pens / / Review (http://veronicahebs.blogspot.com/2010/01/japanese-brush-pens-review.html), on Veronica's Illustration Blog.

This review is good: Pentel Brush Pens: The Pocket Brush and the Color Brush (http://rozwoundup.typepad.com/roz_wound_up/2009/01/pentel-brush-pens-the-pocket-brush-and-the-color-brush.html). By Roz Wound Up.

And Russ Stutler reviews a bunch of brush pens, including the Pentel, here (http://www.stutler.cc/other/sketchbook/sketchbook_c_03.html).

Hope this helps!


06-06-2010, 05:01 PM
This artist uses Pentel pens Roz Wound Up at

06-07-2010, 03:09 PM
Thank you so much to everyone who gave me such great answers and resource links!