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March 8, 2012 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Pen Pics

Each month JetPens likes to highlight a customer who is also an artist that uses JetPens products. This month we are happy to feature Lisa Solomon.

Lisa Solomon is a mixed media artist that moonlights as an art professor and freelance graphic designer. She is best known for her work that questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity through the exploration of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College. Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization, she is drawn to found objects and imagery altering them conceptually so that their meanings and original uses or intents are re-purposed. She also embroiders and crochets a lot in her work.

She has shown both nationally and internationally in venues such as the San Jose Museum of Art, the Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery in Milan, Italy, the Koumi Machi Museum in the Nagano prefecture of Japan, and Garson Baker Gallery in NY. Born in Tuscon, AZ to a Japanese mother and a Caucasian father, she now lives and works in Oakland, California with her husband, daughter, a pit bull, a French bulldog, a 3-legged cat and many, many spools of thread.

You can read more about Lisa at LisaSolomon.com and follow her on Twitter @lisa_solomon.

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

I’m a little obsessed with pens and Japanese office products – so if I was given the chance I might use everything on your site. But seriously, I adore writing and sketching with Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens (I have at least 14 of them). I have a Pentel Aquash Waterbrush pen – perfect for watercoloring on the go. I just bought the Sun-Star Stickyle Scissors to have a pair in my purse at all times. I have a Pilot AirBlanc 0.3 mm pencil and a Zebra Color Flight 0.3 mm mechanical pencil – I love the small small small pencils for fine details.

My new favorite thing is the Tombow Mono Zero Eraser 2.3 mm because I always have to erase in these tiny little spots and before that purchase I would cut mechanical pencil erasers into points and use tape to stiffen them up. I’m also going to give the Tombow Petattsu Damage Free Mounting Adhesives for my upcoming solo show to install a series of small drawings in a group. Palomino Blackwing pencils are pretty great too. Oh and I know I have gold/white/silver gel and paint pens - that enough for you????

Thanks for sharing with us Lisa!




February 1, 2012 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Pen Pics

Each month JetPens likes to highlight a customer who is also an artist that uses JetPens products. This month we are happy to feature Matthew Warlick.

Matthew is a Dallas-based freelance illustrator, interactive designer and part-time comic artist. He stays busy as the Creative Director for Idea-Loop, a founding member of Space-Gun Studios and the proprietor of Soulcore.net. You can find more of Matthew's artwork at The Art of Warlick.

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

I fell in love with the Kuretake brand in my teens and long after my local art supply stores stopped carrying them I found JetPens and was rescued from the quill nib. I’ve been ordering all my pens from you guys for 2 or 3 years now.

I use JetPens in pretty much all my illustration and comic work. Anyone familiar with the comic creating process will know that traditional black & white lineart is the classic look, and I use Jet Pens in every aspect of inking my projects. I even use them for note taking on design projects.

Thanks for sharing with us Matthew!



November 16, 2011 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Pen Pics

Each month JetPens likes to highlight a customer who is also an artist that uses JetPens products. This month we are happy to feature Adam Smith.

His bio, straight from the man himself:

"I was born in 1983 in ever-shrinking rural Pennsylvania in a small town called Worcester, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

I have always been drawing, creating, taking things apart and putting them back together (although not necessarily the way they were before.) As a kid, when my mom wouldn’t let me have toy guns I was left to my wits to fashion them out of legos. This inherent creativity lasted through high school and eventually led me to the Savannah College of Art and Design. I began my college career as an animation major then realized that I was born to create by getting my hands dirty and switched to the metals and jewelry department where I graduated in 2005 with a BFA.

After graduating SCAD I hung around Savannah for a couple years working as a mechanic in a bike shop and as "grillmaster" in a sandwich shop, as well as general ruckus causer. In 2008 I moved back north to Philadelphia. You can find me part time at the Trophy Bike Garage and the rest of my time is spent at Part Time Studios.

Since I graduated from SCAD my work has evolved from jewelry to 3-D box format sculpture (often compared to Joseph Cornell). In the last year or so I've evolved from 3-D to 2-D. I'm just up to my ankles in the world of painting and screen printing, but I'm more comfortable now in what I'm doing than I have been in years."

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

"Most of my work features heavy black line work, sometimes incorporated into a watercolor painting, and sometimes as the sole medium. The three JetPens that I use the most are the Copic Multiliner 0.7, Pilot Double Sided Brush Pen, and the Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen in white. The Copic is a good, sturdy liner that I use for the majority of my line work. The Pilot would technically be classified as a brush pen, but the tip is more stiff and durable. I can get more variable line weights with it. The Uni-Ball Gel Pen is the most opaque gel pen I've found, which makes it invaluable for adding white details over black, or making corrections to black pen work. When I make watercolor paintings, I always ink the black outlines before painting, so my pens need to be able to hold up to the water, which all three of these have shown to do."

Thanks for sharing with us Adam! You can view more of Adam's work at DearAdamSmith.com and follow him on Twitter @dearadamsmith.



September 19, 2011 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Pen Pics

Each month JetPens likes to highlight a customer who is also an artist that uses JetPens products. This month we are happy to feature Eric Merced.

Eric Merced is a professional Comic Book Artist with over 10 years of experience. With roots in traditional media, he has since become a full digital Artist working with industry standard software and hardware to create his Comics. He’s worked for companies like Zondervan Publishing, Upper Deck, Marvel, Archie’s and IDW, and licensed characters like The Greatest American Hero and Voltron. His experience ranges from Penciling, Inking, Coloring and Lettering, as well as Character Design and Masterhead Design and Illustration. You can view more of his work at EricMerced.com and on Twitter @eric_merced.

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

When I work on my art traditionally, there are 3 pens I use every time. The first one of the trio is the Kuretake No. 13 Brush Pen. I was introduced to this pen by an Artist on Twitter and snatched one up from Jet Pens. First time trying it I was instantly hooked. You can say it was something like love at first brush or stroke. lol.

The second pen is the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. What the Pentel pen has over the Kuretake is that the ink is much darker and water proof. What I like about the Kuretake over the Pentel is that I can refill the Kuretake with any ink of my choosing. But both really create the line I’m looking for when inking my work. It’s also good to note that I’m very picky when it comes to my lines. They have to look and feel right and I find that these 3 pens give me exactly what I’m looking for. The final pen is the Kaimei Brush Pen (a gift from Jetpens!). This is sort of a back up pen. In case for whatever reason I can’t use the first two. But also, I don’t use it regularly because I still have to find a converter for it that will fit it’s small body and allow me to use my own ink in it.

I have some really good brushes which I use to fill in heavy areas of black but while I can easily use them to draw my lines, I prefer my trio of brush pens. They really give me the lines I’m looking for and most importantly, they are portable! They are the top of the line of Brush/Pen hybrids.

Thanks for sharing with us Eric!




August 4, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Here's a belated post showing our favorite customer images selected from our Facebook for the month of July!

Picture 1 from Nada: This well-rounded order includes some of our favorite items, like the Midori Animal Shape D-Clips, a couple Nomadic Pencil Cases and the Pilot Petit pens!
Picture 2 from Carlos: All the way from Mexico, Carlos shows off the JetPens products he uses along with his other art supplies.
Picture 3 from Kami: This adorable photo shows a young pen enthusiast in training, surrounded by Sakura Gelly Roll pens, Micron drawing pens and a bunch of other neat items. Who knew that JetPens products were so tasty?
Picture 4 from Gentian: This beautiful calligraphy was done with the Kaweco Calligraphy Pen Set. You're so talented Gentian!









Thanks for sharing these pictures with us!

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