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June 3, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Dominic is an illustrator in the fields of animation and comic books. His first graphic novel “Gunplay” was the 2007 Platinum studios Comic Book Challenge winner and has been optioned by Fox 21 and is currently under development. He is currently working at The Fictory as Production director and lead animator on “Atomic Robo: Last Stop”, a short animation based on the acclaimed comic and graphic novel series. Dominic is also working on two web comics, the fantasy action adventure “East of Warmageddon” and the web comic “Follies” which will premiere this summer when The Fictory launches it’s creator owned comics spotlight. His other work can be seen at www.rustyknights-saddlebag.blogspot.com.

What are some of your favorite JetPens products?

Zebra Disposable Brush Sign Pens, Staedtler 925-25 Silver Series Drafting Pencils, Sakura Pigma Micron Drawing Pens, and Copic Markers.

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

JetPens is the perfect site to find the illustration tools I'm looking for. After laying out the pencil roughs for the following “Follies” promotional piece, I used a Zebra brush pen to ink it to a finish. The quality of this brush pen has inspired me to move away from technical pens and explore the effortless quality that the Zebra brand of brush pens has brought to my work. It’s great to find a dependable and personable supplier of my favorite brands of art supplies! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Congrats on your upcoming work Dominic!




May 28, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Calligraphy Pens

JetPens customer Josh Scruggs of 26symbols.com is a Graphic Designer who designs typefaces/fonts all day for a greeting card company. Awesome, huh? He created some great calligraphy samples with some of our pens. Thanks Josh!

Sailor DE Brush Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Bamboo Green - Nib Angle 55 Degrees


Sailor DE Brush Stroke Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Nib Angle 40 Degrees


Pilot Plumix Fountain Pens

April 27, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Anton is a JetPens customer and a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who has been been doing this full-time for over 15 years. Anton has done almost every kind of illustration and animation, but these days he focuses on magazine, book, editorial, and commercial art. Regular magazine contributions include People and MAD (Aust. editions) and work for many others such as FHM, Ralph, Money, Rolling Stone, Penthouse and a few book publishers. He also does commercial illustration through his agency, The Drawing Book (www.drawingbook.com.au). You can see his official portfolio and more work at www.antonemdin.com/, www.drawingbook.com.au/anton_emdin or http://www.antonemdin.com/blog

What are some of your favorite JetPens products?

I love brush pens, and use the Akashiya Bamboo Barrel, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, and the Pilot Brush Ben (Hard) all the time. They are all different, and are good for different occasions.

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

The pace of commercial illustration has forced me to work digitally for the most part, but I am constantly doodling and sketching when away from the computer. Besides a sable brush, I find the hair brush pens to be pretty close in feel, and being portable allows me to use them anywhere. For my faster, more cartoony style, I like the more 'pen' style (like the Pilot Hard) which are great for signing, doodles, and a more controlled look.

Thanks for sharing your work Anton!


March 21, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Staff Musings

Japanese brush pens are labeled super-fine, fine, medium or broad according to their tip size. However, if you can't read Kanji it can be difficult to determine which one is which while shopping! JetPens translates them for you, but for reference the following kanji characters correlate to the following tip sizes:

These beautiful bookmarks and tag were done with by our Flickr friend couchart. They look like they'd make great handcrafted gifts. What a nice present to receive! We also liked the colorful mix of designs, and the white color Uni-ball Signo Broad showed up wonderfully.

JetPens Products used: Uni-ball Signo Angelic (UM-120) gel pens, Pilot Hi-Tec gel pens, Uni-ball Signo Bit gel pens (UM-201), Uni-ball Signo Broad gel pens (UM-153).



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