The Best Pens for Comic Artists


Comic artists favor pens with interchangeable tips, often inserting the tips in wooden pen bodies. The tips for the pens are fashioned out of metal such as stainless steel. Using quill tip pens for art, however, takes practice, and many artists favor micron pens. The ink used in comic artist pens is often waterproof after it dries, protecting the artwork from accidental smudging.

G-Pens and Round Pens

  • G-pens and round pens consist of a metal tip that may be interchangeably used with a pen body. These are among the more popular comic artist pens and they are widely used and readily available. G-pens produce soft, flexible lines and have the ability to produce thick lines when held at varying angles. Round pens provide the artist the ability to produce thick or thin lines with a rigid feel when drawing.

Spoon Pens

  • Spoon pens are similar to G-pens and round pens but significantly less popular. They hold more ink at one time, allowing the artist to produce long, smooth lines. Use is a little soft but not noticeably soft for those who do not regularly use them. Spoon pens are ideal for drawing long body lines or thin lines for detailing.

School Pens

  • Manga artists (Japanese comics) sometimes use School Pens, which are ideal for an artist who tends to press heavily with his hand when drawing. School pens make hard lines or long, single lines without lifting the pen for a smooth finish. These pen tips are also favored for fine lines when detailing the finished drawings.

Micron Pens

  • Micron pens come in six tip sizes, ranging from .20MM to .50MM. Ink is contained within the pen, like a standard gel or marker pen.This type of artist pen produces waterproof ink when dry. It also reduces accidental ink spills, ink drops from the pen tip as it moves across the paper before touching down for drawing and ink bleeding from too much ink used. There is also no odor from the ink.

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