Whether you are drawing professionally or sketching for fun, chances are you are using some kind of brush pen. Doesn’t matter if you are the partisan of Platinum, Pentel, Kuretake or else, I guess you would agree that it’s tough to beat them for convenience and practicality.Although I’ve tried many kinds of brush pens, I have the most experience with (and affection for) the Pentel Pocket Brush, probably because it was the first I ever bought. And because it uses the waterproof ink (which is not true for all the types and should always be checked if that quality is important for your kind of work). While Pentel Pocket Brush has always been dependable and great for broad strokes and loose sweeps of ink, I often found it too wet, requiring special attention when delicate lines were required. I inked several pages of the first book of JASON BRICE with it and liked the result, but the process was extremely demanding in treating fine details.One solution was to work on the bigger format. To have the liberty of stroke I wanted, my pages had to be really big which was fun to try, but impractical for working, scanning and transporting after all.
So I gradually relegated it to drawing dedications on the festivals, where it is very practical and gives expressive results.
The search for drier brush pen continued, but to no avail – most of them are pretty wet. Or (as is the case of ZIG Clean Color Brush Pen) have a more modest flow, but ink is not waterproof and falls apart under very first strokes of watercolor.
And then came AKASHIYA SUMIIRO.
The SUMIIRO part is important to retain as there are several others from the same THIN LINE series which are not waterproof. Discovered it on JETPENS and decided to give it a try, as several reviews mentioned it is drier than your usual brush pen. It arrived today and – voila – it really is! Finally I can have the convenience of a pocket brush with a drier line, easily achieved dry-brysh transitions and waterproof ink that can stand the watercolors completely.
Forgive the bizarre drawing, it was a stupid nothing started with a fountain pen and Platinum Carbon Black ink on a piece of Schoellershammer aquarelle paper lying around, just to get the flow going after refilling the pen. Picked it up and continued with AKASHIYA SUMIIRO, only to wash it with watercolors several minutes later. As you can see, not even a hint of bleeding – the ink held as good as the venerable Platinum Carbon Black.