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April 7, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Another talented artist we discovered through our JetPens network, Eric Kubli is a freelance illustrator and web designer who also makes comics in his free time. He has a journal comic (http://comic.turtlesnearby.com/), maintains and contributes to a sketch blog with a few friends (http://drawedgoods.tumblr.com), and more of his professional work can be found at http://www.ekubli.com.

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I use the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I tend to use it exactly how it's intended to be used. I order a few packs of refill cartridges from JetPens once every couple months. The only part of my process that I can really say anything interesting about is that I tend not to pencil anything - unless I really think it needs it, I tend to just go straight from blank paper to the finished inks. I also use Microns (typically 08, 05 and 005) for hatching, lettering and small details.




March 23, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

What a surprising honor it was when we spotted the famous Will Meugniot in our JetPens Facebook group and found out he was one of our customers! Will Meugniot has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry as an executive, artist, writer, producer and director. Will’s television work includes producing and directing many animated series including X-Men, The Real Ghostbusters, Jem, Captain Planet, Spydogs, Spider-Man Unlimited and his personal favorite, ExoSquad. In print Meugniot is best known for his co-creation of the DNAgents comic book, but has also contributed to such series as FemForce, Tigra, Howard the Duck, and Solomon Kane as well as briefly ghosting the Spider-Man newspaper strip. He is also noted as a storyboard artist having designed the titles and pilot films for several series, most notably G.I. Joe, Conan the Adventurer, Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters and Jem.

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I use the Pentel Pocket brush for most of my large figure work. It has a flexible line not unlike an old school red sable water color brush and is durable as well as portable. I’m also a big fan of the Zebra sign pens in the fine and extra fine widths. They have the feel of crowquille pens without the mess and portability issues.
When working out a cover design I’ll usually block out the composition with the Zebra sign pen. Then take it into Photoshop to scale it and do modifications. I use a Brother 11x17 all in one copier to print out a full size copy to trace onto the actual art board using blue pencil. Then comes the inking: Mechanical outlines for buildings and cars are done with a Pigma marker. Organic lines for people, animals, clothing and so on are a combination of Pocket Brush and Sign Pen. Large black areas are done with a Pentel Color Brush or conventional brush with India ink.

Hey Will, can the JetPens team get your autograph with some of our pens? :)




March 5, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here's a belated listing of our favorite customer pictures uploaded to our Flickr and Facebook groups from February!

Picture 1 from Eric: You know you love JetPens products when a beloved bakes you a Kuru Toga shaped birthday cake!
Picture 2 from Bea: An elegant doodle using Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink - Topaz and J. Herbin 340th Anniversary Ink - Rouge Hematite
Picture 3 from Paul: Hero in action inked with Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen - Regular.
Picture 4 from Renata: Yes, can you believe that's her natural handwriting? Gorgeous use of the Pilot Cavalier Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Silver Body and J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Violette Pensee (Pensive Violet) on a Kokuyo Campus Notebook
Picture 5 from John: A beautiful collection of JetPens products including the fun J. Herbin Straight Body Striped Glass Dip Pen - Small - Green Tint and Kuretake Handmade Mini Envelope Template










February 28, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Another artist we discovered through our JetPens Twitter network, Andy Jewett is a JetPens customer and cartoonist who lives amongst the corn with his lovely wife and four children. You can view more of his art at andyjewett.com.

Give us a little insight as to how you use our JetPens products in your illustrations.

I'm a big fan of the Pentel Pocket Brush and use it for nearly all of my work... it's ridiculously convenient in comparison to dipping a brush and I'm still able to get the kind of expressive line that I want. I have several of them in reserve for when the tips degrade but I keep around the old ones to use for filling in large areas of black. I also use Sakura Pigma Microns (03, 05, 08) for smaller detail and some of the stipple/texture that often shows up in my pages.

Please check out his work! Thanks for sharing Andy!




January 28, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Another round of our favorite pictures from our Facebook and Flickr page. Thanks to the following customers mentioned below:

Picture 1 from Kata: Poetic art with Uni-ball Signo Bit UM-201 Gel Pens
Picture 2 from Sarah: Artistic lettering with Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Pens, Pilot G-2 Gel Ink Pens, Uni-ball Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil
Picture 3 from Jessica: Soothing watercolor with Pentel Aquash Waterbrush - Medium
Picture 4 from Rose: Talented portrait of grandson done with Uni-ball Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil, Nano Dia Low-Wear Pencil Leads
Picture 5 from Marty: Nice line up of Pentel Stein Enhanced Silica Pencil Leads
Picture 6 from Joe: Vibrant floral design done with Pilot Double Sided Brush Pen - Hard Tip - Black & Gray Ink, Pilot Choose Gel Ink Pens, Color Pencil Leads

We hope you enjoy your gift certificate! We are excited to see what pictures are uploaded by customers next month!