Sketch Pens – The complete guide to 8 sketch pen types

sketch pen types

“The pen is the tongue of the mind”. For expressing the mind people choose a different kind of art forms. Not only by dancing or music but through writing and drawing also our inner-thoughts can be unfolded. There is another preliminary drawing art form called Sketch art mainly done using sketch pens. Sketches are made by ink or charcoal. Although, the weapon is the same; as it is believed that “The pen is mightier than the sword”. So today, the story of sketching pens will be unfolded.

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  1. What is Sketching?
  2. 8 Types of Sketch pens
  3. How to use a Silhouette Cameo and its Sketch Pens?

What is Sketching?

Sketching is about making a prompt drawing, it helps the artists to represent their ideas and plan through design. Here, 4 kinds of sketching will be mentioned: 1. Interior Sketching, 2. Fashion Sketching, 3. Industrial Sketching and 4. Travel Sketching.

8 Types of Sketch Pens

  1. Copic Multiliner Sketch Pen
  2. Rotring Rapidograph
  3. Sakura Pigma Micron
  4. Prismacolor Premier Illustration Markers
  5. Uni Pin Fineliner
  6. Staedtler Pigment Liner
  7. Faber Castell Sketch Pens
  8. Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  9. Silhouette Sketch Pens
Sketch pens types
Sketch pens types

1. Copic Multiliner SP

Copic Multiliner SP pens are the top in-demand. Fashion designers, comic book artists, architects etc prefer these pens for their work. These pens are waterproof, so it does not over-soak or smudge easily and also provide a rich dark, low-odour, ultra-blende ink. These work smoothly on paper. It has two types: (i) Refillable and (ii) Disposable.

However, Copic Multiliner SP pens are too sensitive, it can be broken easily and the good part is, it gives service even on the roughest papers.

2. Rotring Rapidograph Pen

Rotring Rapidograph is a technical drawing sketch pen. It is mostly preferred by illustrators and designers. It is used for tracing paper, vellum drawing paper and especially for the ultra-precise line work. However, this pen is very challenging to use, until you know the proper use method of it. There is another technical pen- Isograph Pen; these both are used by engineers to create constant width lines.

3. Sakura Pigma Micron– S Sketch Pen

Sakura invented the Pigma ink 30 years back. This is one of the reliable pens. Artists, writers, and illustrators prefer it mostly. Sakura Micron is famous for its long-lasting service as the colour does not fade easily. The ink quality is high enough in a very low budget. The Government and the consumers accepted it as an essential basic tool for any kind of calligraphy and archival-quality activity. Its archival-quality is mainly preferred by the crafters and scrap-bookers. Illustrators, Watercolour-artists also choose it because of the range of point sizes to create accurate lines.

4. Prismacolor Premier Illustration Markers

Such markers are filled with pigment ink and purely acid-free. It gives proper sharp outlines, letters and drawing shapes to fulfil your expectations more effectively.

5. Uni Pin Fineliner

It is a well-known classic pen and its shape resembles Sakura Pigma Micron. However, it is a fade-proof ink and comes in various shape and colour. It is a fine fibre or plastic tip pens, famous for graphic, sketching or handwriting purpose. Most of them use dye-based ink, therefore, it is not fade-resistant guaranteed. However, many are made with lightfast and waterproof ink.

6. Staedtler Pigment Liner

It gives a soft feel with smooth clear lines without smudging or scratching. It is a quite long pen; therefore, it allows smudge-free services. The black pigment ink is waterproof and lightfast. For sketching or drawing and note-taking, these pens give accurate performances, it is ideal for use with rulers and templates.

7. Faber Castell Sketch Pens

It is one of the largest and oldest manufacturers all over the world. These pens are famous for colouring and fill-in part as it provides thick and rich lines. On the contrary, it is not expert for making perfectly sharp and precise line. However, the ink works on multiple canvases with no bleeding through papers.

8. Tombow Dual Brush Pens

It contains dual-brushes, best uses for shading or blending part. It has the ability to use two colours simultaneously and the nylon brush tip make fine and bold strokes properly.

Note: Copic Multiliner is a pigment-based inking pen. It is used for illustration, manga, sketching, writing etc.

Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens are mostly preferred for creating colorful Mandala art. Although, for writing on paper, doodling, line work or sketching on anything from index cards to watercolor paper; it gives a perfect service.

Sakura Pigma Micron, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Stabilo Markers these pens are used for Doodling art generally.

9. Silhouette Sketch Pens

Silhouette sketch pens are ideal for making invitation cards, place cards or wall arts. It gives a proper hand-drawn look. There is an electronic machine as Silhouette Cameo; it contains a small blade to cut the materials, papers, vinyl, cardstock, fabric etc. It has the ability to make a project of all sizes from small to large with the power of unlimited cutting length.

How to use a Silhouette Cameo and its Sketch Pens?

At first, a design needs to set up in that software and the Cameo or portrait easily can cut off with its regular blade. In fact, it can make a drawing if the blade is turned to switch off for the sketch pen option. However, put a design into the software and open the cut setting option if the design is already loaded. For making each line colourful a red thick line should only visible on the pieces of drawing. After that, let’s verify the blade turns to Sketch Pen before starting a drawing.

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