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Have you ever wondered how artists ink their comics? These hilarious ones about JetPens are from our customer Stephane. Stephane purchases our products all the way from Pays de Loire, France! All art is inked with our Zebra brush pens. Thanks Stephane!

JetPens products used: Zebra Disposable Brush Sign Pen - Fine, Zebra Double Sided Disposable Brush Sign Pen - Fine & Medium (now discontinued).

January 1, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Margie is a JetPens customer and talented freelance designer/illustrator. She created the following art piece using our Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy. Margie is the author of books about color including "The Beader's Guide to Color," and "The Beader's Color Palette". Her book, "Out on a Loom" is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year! You can learn more about her and her work at

JetPens products used: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy, Pilot Latte Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Pastel Color Series - White in addition to Inktense Pencils and Prismacolor Pencils (not available).

"This pen is my favorite because the brush never loses its point and is extremely flexible. And it's easy to carry around and use anywhere." - Margie

January 1, 2010 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

Roman Muradov is an illustrator/writer/comic artist originally from cold Russia who now resides in warm friendly San Francisco. He's worked for various magazines and other media including Dark Horse, Loaded, Beeline, Tripwire, Exile, Snob, Gutenberg, Novo, Akzia, Trendclub, Asus, Intel, K9 and Empire. He is color-blind and sees the world in a weird and beautiful way, so his coloring techniques are very unconventional. He currently uses our Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy for a lot of his artwork. We saw his pictures when they were uploaded to our JetPens Facebook page and knew we had to feature them on our JetPics page. You can check out more of his art at his website

JetPens Products used: A variety of medium from pencils to dipping pens and brushes. The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy and Tombow Mono Erasers (now discontinued) are his favorite.

See full comic at
November 20, 2009 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pen Pics

The staff at JetPens is so honored to have some of our favorite comic artists use our products! JetPens customer Brian Anderson is the creator of the syndicated comic strip Dog eat Doug. The strip enjoys an international fan base both on and offline. He is an optioned screenwriter and is currently working on several children’s books, including "Nighty Night", "Sleepy Sleeps" (based on his comic strip characters), as well as a YA novel entitled "The Conjurers". He lives just outside of Beantown with his wife, Tammy, son, Liam, and chocolate lab, Sophie. All of Brian's comics (other than PS coloring) are done with products from JetPens. Visit his site at and

JetPens products used: Comic pens and nibs (such as Tachikawa), Brush pens (Akashiya, Pentel Pocket Brush), Drafting Pencils, Copic Pens, Kokuyo Pencil Cases, JetPens Journals & Notebooks.

September 20, 2009 - Posted by Elizabeth to Pencils

We sometimes have customers who ask us which of our mechanical pencils are "No. 2". Great question!

Pencil leads have different levels of hardness or softness for different uses. You can read more about this in our PenPedia article Picking the Perfect Pencil Lead Hardness. For mechanical pencil lead, the leads are labeled (from hardest to softest):
9H | 8H | 7H | 6H | 5H | 4H | 3H | 2H | H | F | HB | B | 2B | 3B | 4B | 5B | 6B | 7B | 8B | 9B.

The numbering system for wooden pencils actually refers to the same thing, but uses an American labeling system. For example, the equivalent lead hardness for the following wooden pencils are:

American Numbering World Numbering
#1 B
#2 HB
#2 1/2 F
#3 H
#4 2H

So using a mechanical pencil with HB leads should be equivalent to using a No 2. Pencil.