Product Reviews Written by betolung

Product Reviews Written by betolung

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The Platinum Pro-Use...
August 31, 2015
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The Platinum Pro-Use II 0.7 mm drafting pencil is one item that I had passed over and overlooked for a long time in my wish list after been enticed by so many new arrivals. I have been using it for scribbling, writing, and sketching on the go, making quick demo drawings in class, and having many of my students try it after using your average disposable plastic mechanical pencil and some other drafting pencils from my collection. The general consensus was that the Platinum Pro-Use II pencil was one of the most comfortable choices from my classroom sample tools box. After weeks of testing it in my daily carry case (Cubix Round Zip Colored Pen Case) and sharing it with my nephews and students, I am very pleased with its performance and very glad to have added it to my main sketching kit. I have taken it to the mall food court, several doctors' offices, and the ER. The Platinum Pro-Use II drafting pencil proved to be quite reliable, comfortable to work, and a conversation-starter thanks to its unique look (being shorter and a tad chunkier than other drafting pencils). It feels very solid in the hand, for its aluminum construction make it quite sturdy yet fairly lightweight. Since the tip is not retractable, you should probably wear a pocket protector or choose a nice pen case to carry it around. Its internal metal clutch-advance mechanism worked smoothly and did not jam during my tests. Its metallic blue lead grade indicator ring has a notch that can be lined up with the appropriate grade etched around the conical tip of the pencil (3H to 3B). The 4 mm guide pipe or lead sleeve makes it easier to work with rulers and templates and in my experience significantly reduces lead breakage. The lead is held firmly by the metal clutch and protected by long metal guide, so your drawing tip feels very precise and easy to control. Its internal metal clutch-advance mechanism worked smoothly and did not jam during my tests. Its metallic blue lead grade indicator ring has a notch that can be lined up with the appropriate grade etched around the conical tip of the pencil (3H to 3B). The 4 mm guide pipe or lead sleeve makes it easier to work with rulers and templates and in my experience significantly reduces lead breakage. The lead is held firmly by the metal clutch and protected by long metal guide, so your drawing tip feels very precise and easy to control. The aluminum body is made of cylindrical components that securely screw into each other. Thus they can be easily loosen or tightened as needed for adjusting the lead grade or removing the pocket clip if desired. The wide ridged grip section feels particularly smooth and pleasant to the touch while giving you full-motion control of your drawing strokes. The narrow drafting tip allows a clear view of your drawing as you sketch. I would highly recommend the Platinum Pro-Use II 0.7 mm drafting pencil for both collectors and sketchers alike. This well-designed tool would not be out of place in a Sci-Fi show, and its sleek body with matte silver finish would make it a perfect match to your metallic gadgets from the Apple store.
Fine addition to a brush...
July 28, 2015
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Fine addition to a brush pen collection with a quick-drying and fairly water-resistant black pigment ink. The Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Brush Pen No. 22 features nylon filaments and water-based black pigment ink. It can yield a fair variety of strokes of varying width by adjusting your drawing pressure. It looks very similar to Pentel Color brushes. Its synthetic brush tip felt quite smooth on regular card stock, and it was quite fun to doodle with. The black outlines dried waterproof quickly, for I was able to color them with the Gansai watercolors without any noticeable smearing of the inked sketch right after.
This set would make for...
July 28, 2015
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This set would make for a fun addition to mixed media and watercolor sketching kits. The paint cakes activate readily with a wet brush, and they produced a creamy paint that is easy to control and apply to the paper without being runny. The colors are nicely pigmented, and are a bit more opaque than traditional Western watercolors. They look quite bright and translucent on watercolor paper. It is easier to pick up a color wash from the large rectangular pans as opposed to traditional half-pans of compact watercolor kits. The card stock dividers between each pair of pans limit the amount of pigment cross contamination that can occur among adjacent pans. Diluted paint can yield fairly translucent glazes with a flat brush. While not the most compact choice, the Gansai set is still small enough to travel with some precautions. Set should be dry before storing it, and pans should be kept horizontally. Make sure to secure the sturdy cardboard box with a rubber band, so that the pans don't fall out and spill inside your bag. Since it is labeled non-toxic, the set should be suitable for use by supervised children as well. Yet the label itself warns to keep it out of reach of children. Presumably because they may not be as washable as kids art supplies.
Great waterproof pen...
July 2, 2015
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Great waterproof pen for writing and sketching. Easy choice for a sketching kit given its performance and reliability. Its ink is waterproof so it plays nice with watercolors and other water-based media in a journal/sketchbook. Had been aching to try them since I saw them in European websites but were not readily available in the USA, so I am quite pleased that they are now available through JetPens.
The Akashiya Sai Watercolor...
July 2, 2015
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The Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen set travels well and can be used anywhere just do not expect it to handle or completely replace an actual watercolor tube or pan set. I would recommend it for children, budding artists, and weekend hobbyists. The Akashiya Sai brush pens are always ready to be used with no prep required before coloring an inked sketch, so they are pretty mess-free. Naturally you can also use them for painting directly without any outlining tool underneath. They produce a fair amount of organic strokes with varying thicknesses and dry brush effects. My younger students enjoyed coloring with them during my day art camps. For them, the Akashiya Sai brush pens were more like markers that gave them just a taste for the line variation possible with watercolor brushes and waterbrushes. I have had a light blue brush in my tool box for years and it still works. I use it sparingly, mostly to test if a black sketching pen is waterproof or not. If the black ink smears or bleeds into the light blue wash, I know not to use them on mixed media applications. Thus properly capped, the pens can last for extended periods of time without drying. The colors are pretty bright and saturated as they come undiluted out of the nylon brush tip. They dissolve fairly quickly when rubbed with a loaded waterbrush and you can get some line variation by changing the pressure on the brush tip as you draw and color with them. The wash effect seemed more difficult to control than with actual watercolors, and the end result can be uneven and a bit more unpredictable. If you let the ink dry on the paper without blending, it looks very much like marker inks. It is possible to get paler washes by picking it up from wet color previously applied to the watercolor paper. Another method would be to spritz some water on a plastic palette and dip the Akashiya Sai brush pen tip in it to create a color wash. As the brush tip reloads with fresh ink the strokes will gradually get darker. The rigid pens have a rather slow ink flow to reload the nylon brush filaments in the tip, so you get a dry brush effect if your drawing stroke is too fast. While personally I like to work fast and would prefer a faster ink flow, the slower ink flow of these brush pens prevents waste and allows more control for beginners and younger users. They allow users to "paint" anywhere and anytime without cumbersome set up and minimal clean up time. I do not hesitate to allow my 7 year old nephew or younger students to borrow my brush pen set for card-making or coloring during free-draw time.
The soft 2B lead pencil...
April 29, 2015
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The soft 2B lead pencil glided smoothly on this piece of cardstock, erased cleanly without leaving any residue, and yielded nice dark tones with little pressure. For me this is a perfect sketching pencil given its balance of darkness and smudge-resistance. If you are not ready to invest on the top of the line (the legendary Hi-Uni), the 9000 makes for a pretty good introductory choice. I seldom come across a Mitsubishi graphite product that I do not like, and I am quite happy to report that the Mitsubishi 9000 pencils did not disappoint. I would not hesitate to get one of each grade if you wanted the full tonal range of the 10 available pencils (4H through 4B). I am quite content with the performance and darkness of the 2B and 4B pencils for quick sketching and shading. Both pencils sharpened easily with my Uni KH-20 crank pencil sharpener to a standard long taper.
Their graphite leads...
April 29, 2015
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Their graphite leads are perfectly centered, and the 4B lead is noticeably wider than the the 2B lead. It is pretty common for the softer grade pencils to be made with thicker leads to ensure strong functional points. I wonder what mysterious "Elaborate Process" was used in their manufacture, for they are certainly fine sketching pencils. The 4B pencil also yielded pretty bold dark marks using a light touch and can be moved effortlessly across the paper surface pretty quickly. Being left handed, I appreciate the smudge-resistance typical of Japanese pencils like the Mitsubishi Hi-Uni and the Tombow Mono. The Mitsubishi 9000 pencils are also fairly smudge-resistant. I would not hesitate to get one of each grade if you wanted the full tonal range of the 10 available pencils (4H through 4B). I am quite content with the performance and darkness of the 2B and 4B pencils for quick sketching and shading. Both pencils sharpened easily with my Uni KH-20 crank pencil sharpener to a standard long taper.
Pretty good value for...
April 29, 2015
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Pretty good value for a bold inking tool. The medium horse and goat hair brush yielded pretty broad tapering strokes. The Encre the Chine dried quickly and had a matte finish with a little sheen. While a brush pen might be cleaner and more convenient to use with little prep time required, doodling with the Menso brush and bottle of ink feels like a nice analog break from the digital tools that clutter modern life. It takes a bit of getting used to, but line thickness can be adjusted by balancing the speed and pressure of your brush strokes. The medium brush head allows for pretty quick coverage of the letter size sheet of card stock. The medium brush head allows for pretty quick coverage of the letter size sheet of card stock. I think this Menso brushes would make a fun addition to your manga making kit.
Really fun tool for inking...
April 29, 2015
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Really fun tool for inking and drawing with India ink. Kolinsky hairs are quite responsive and allow you to easily control the width of your strokes with slight pressure changes of your drawing hand. Would make a fun addition to your manga or comic inking kit once you are ready to tackle inking tasks with bottled ink and a real pointed brush. If all you care about is its performance, you should know that this brush would give you the greatest control over your mark making and allow you to make the finest brush strokes. It can make a variety of brush strokes and line thicknesses. You can get pretty thin lines with a light touch, and fairly bold strokes by pressing down on the brush head.I think this Menso brushes would make a fun addition to your manga making kit. It was pretty easy to draw and sketch with the Kolisnky brush in particular given its flexibility, resilience, and ink load capacity.
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Now since I really like...
March 10, 2015
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Now since I really like using Sakura Pigma Sensei and Micron pens, I was pretty sure that I would love these Sakura Kakikata Felt Tip Pens even before I got them. They are just a tad more slender than my usual pigment pens, and the most effective way to tell the nib sizes apart is by the color coding of their pen caps. You can get some line width variation by tilting the conical bullet nib on the paper. Its pigmented black ink flows smoothly from the juicy nib, and the pen is quite suitable for quick sketching and inking tasks. I tested them during my cartoon drawing class, and found them pretty responsive and reliable. The pigment black ink did not bleed through the paper and dried waterproof pretty quickly. I used the broad nib pen for making name tents with bubble letters for each student, and none of them smeared or bled into the light color areas when they colored them with markers and water-based paints. Used a few watercolor markers to test the water resistance of the Kakikata pens on card stock. For all intents and purposes, all four pens nib sizes dried fast and were fairly waterproof. Just noticed very faint smudging with the extra broad nib strokes. The fresh ink drawings made with the Kakikata pens can be promptly colored with artist watercolors applied with a waterbrush without any noticeable smudges.
If you like drawing with black markers and plan to color them with water media, you should definitely try these drawing pens. I plan to stock up on them once I figure out how long my initial set lasts. Highly recommended.
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