Pilot Document Ink, according...
Pilot Document Ink, according to a poll in How to Pen and Ink, this is the third
most popular ink used in Japan behind Pilot Drafting Ink(1st) and Kaimei
China/Sumi Ink(2nd). So is this ink as good as the polls say?
Pilot Document Ink can be marketed by most retailers as the water resistant
brother to Pilot Drafting Ink. Water resistant? Well if you know how to read
Japanese, it is stated on the package that it is water pigment based. However
when this ink dries, it actually becomes water resistant! Water resistant? What
about waterproof? Apparently this ink can only stand up to about 2-3 brush
strokes and after that it partially runs with the water. It's outlines remain
intact(that is where the resistance part comes in) however, if you're using
colored inks with this, it will make the pigment darker and more muddy.
Therefore even though its outlines remain on the paper, part of the pigment will
run, therefore making it only water resistant and not waterproof. Also it cannot
stand up to erasers well. After about 3 eraser rubs, the lines start to
significantly fade, even more so than its Water soluble Drafting Ink
counterpart. However, what this ink has as an advantage over other waterproof
inks that I've tried is that it's actually suitable to use and cooperates well
with Copic Sketch! So even though it tends to make watercolor ink muddier, it
seems to cooperate well with Copic Sketch's Super brush after it completely
dries! Also this ink has a similar flow duration as Kaimei Lettering Sol, so
thats another strong point about this ink. Would I recommend this ink? It
depends on what you're looking for, if you color a lot with Copic Sketch, then
yes, it's so-so with watercolors, but for heavy pressure eraser users, NO! But
overall this is a good ink to use for manga!
Trivia: This is apparently Eiichiro Oda's Ink of choice!
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