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July 1, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

A selection of this month's favorite pictures from the JetPens Flickr group! Thanks to users Josh, Ezra, LoLPups, Branespload, and Freshly Diced CL! Remember, every picture uploaded is a chance to win a $10 gift certificate!








June 16, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics



You may have seen the colorful artwork of Elwood H. Smith before in newspapers or children's book. Elwood studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Institute of Design at IIT in Chicago. After spending eight years working as an art director, Elwood began his career as a full-time illustrator. He has illustrated numerous children’s books and has received many illustration awards and honors. In 1983 Elwood and his wife, artist and designer, Maggie Pickard, moved from Manhattan to Rhinebeck, New York where they live a chaotic life thanks to three unruly pussycats, Luigi, Trixie & Pickles.

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

I created the [above] Wall Street Journal illustration using a Pelikan M200 fountain pen with a Pelikan M250 nib. I used Platinum Carbon Black Ink in the pen, available from JetPens. It's very waterproof and flows well in my pen. I ink-in my final art on Arches 90# Cold Press Watercolor Paper. I then add Pelikan watercolors, which is why I need a good waterproof ink. The Platinum Carbon Black works beautifully and I was delighted to find it available here on JetPens. If anyone would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.elwoodsmith.com or drop by my blog on Drawger at: www.drawger.com/greenmonkey/ for more art and more information about me, my tools and process.
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!