Hey everyone I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!
I'm veering slightly off of my usual Sunday blog post schedule because i've decided i'm going to go with the flow for a little bit. As i've only recently picked up blogging again i'm going to test the waters which means trying out posts on different days and different times, changing up the number of blog posts I put up a week and seeing what works best for both me and you. I've also decided that as well as documenting my life and experiences through these blog posts, I want to be able to provide you with some (hopefully) valuable information that you can take with you on your own journey whatever that may be.
With that said, today I will be sharing my Top 3 Favourite Fineliners For 2018 (so far) that are tried and tested and I absolutely love. Before diving into what the fineliners are and why I love them so much I do want to point out that I have tried A LOT of fineliners over the years.
Fun Fact: Fineliners were one of the first main mediums that I used about 6 years ago when art was starting to become a real passion of mine.
Here are some of my early sketchbook drawings using my first pack of fineliners
(also, apologies for the very poor photo quality, this was back when I only had the camera from my Blackberry)
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens 2013 - 2014
As you can see from my early work above I didn't do very much detailed work and it was mostly monochromatic portraits working with harsh shadows and highlights. As the years have gone on I have definitely experimented a lot with different styles, techniques and things to draw. In the past year or so I have been getting more into drawing mandalas, geometric shapes, tattoo-styled designs, patterns and really exploring the world of ink and fineliners. Here are a few of my most recent pieces using a range of different fineliners:
When it comes to fineliners, there are a few key features I look for:
- How pigmented the ink is
- Is it water-resistant?
- Variety in thickness of the tip
- Smoothness of drawing
The three favourite fineliners i'm about to talk about have all been tried and tested and I have used them for at least a couple of months (2 of them i've been using for over a year and a half now!) so I feel like I have a really good understanding of how they perform and therefore feel confident in recommending them to you.
1. SAKURA PIGMA MICRON PEN
There's a reason you see these pens featured everywhere because they truly are absolutely fantastic! Having seen all my favourite artists on Instagram use them and also after reading the rave reviews I bought my first pack over a year ago and still use quite a few of the pens today - talk about long lasting! As well as these pens being amazing to use they are also incredibly affordable ranging in price from about £8.50 - £15 for a pack of 6 (depending where you buy them from). These pens truly transformed my ink drawings and I feel that once I started using them I created some of my best work such as these designs below:
2. STAedtler pigment liner
A few months after I bought the Sakura Pigma Micron pens and when I felt like I was really in the groove with my ink drawings I decided I wanted to try out some new pens so I bought a pack of the Staedtler Pigment Liners. Now keep in mind that I had been absolutely spoilt with the Sakura Pigma Microns and they provided some tough competition but the Staedtler Pigment Liners did not disappoint! I would say the only main difference between the two is that the Staedtler Pigment Liners are a little bit more rough to draw with but really the difference is very minimal. The Staedtler Pigment liners retail for around £15 just like the Sakura ones and again, i'm still using some of them today so they last a very long time! Here are some example drawings using the Staedtler Pigment Liners:
3. Derwent Graphik Line Maker Set
So the Derwent Graphic Line Maker Set is my most recent find and i've only been using this set for the past month and a half but so far I am thoroughly enjoying them. I find that the pigmentation is excellent and actually drawing with the pens is a very enjoyable experience overall. The only gripe I have with these pens is that they aren't water-resistant which I found out the hard way where I tried to add a wash of watercolour over my line art and the black ink started to bleed everywhere! That was my mistake though as I didn't think to test it out beforehand. These pens retail for around £15 for a pack of 6 so pretty much the same as the previous two. Here are some recent drawings I did using the Derwent Graphic Line Maker Set:
And there you have it!
My 'Top 3 Favourite Fineliners For 2018' (so far).
I hope that you have found this post informative and that it may help you if you're on the hunt for a good pack of fineliners whether you've tried them before or maybe you're just starting out. I'm always on the lookout for new fineliners and ink pens (and pretty much any kind of art/stationary supply) so if you have any favourites or suggestions please feel free to share them with me everyone reading in the comment section below! Have a fantastic week ahead and i'll see you in my next blog post :)
- Meg x