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November 9, 2012
I've had these pens for...
I've had these pens for over a year & they are, by far, the best disposable brush pens in the market. The Pilot brush pens don't compare to these pens. The Clean Color brush pens have real nylon bristles which provide more control & expressivity than felt tips. Prior to using to these brush pens, I used the Sakura Pigma, Copic brush fine liner, Faber Castell Pitt Pens,Akashiya Sai, Pental Standard & Kuratake Standard brush pens.
Here's a break-up on comparisons between these brush pens compared to the others:
1. Pens are water soluble which allows for nice smooth blendabilty which is near the level of the Kuratake nylon brush pens loaded up with water soluble ink.
Unlike the Pitt thin brush pens which end up having muddied colors when overlapping & mixing, Kuratake Clean Color's ink remains clear & vibrant.
2. Due to the above ink quality, ink isn't permanent & water resistant. Water & watercolor layered over it will make the ink bleed a bit. If you are looking for permanent ink, you are better off getting the Copic brush fine liners or loading up a refillable brush pen. The above other brands, even if the say they are water resistant, they still smear.
3. Brush is wider & thicker compared to the others (except for FC Pitt wide brush--which are terrible- & Kuratake Standard & Pental Standard). For fine lines, I recommend the Copics. Down the road, it would be nice if there was some other widths.
4. The good thing about the brush width is that you can fluctuate between thicknesses--about a #3 to #7 size.
5. Price is reasonable; compared to other disposables, it's a good value.
6. Brush handles are light & round. My preference for drawing tools is for them to be weighted, balanced & with edges, like Kaweco pens. However, this is very individual.
7. Handles are cheap looking, plastic & disposable. So, there is a larger carbon footprint compared to Copics, Kuratake fountain brush pens, & Platinum Refillable pens. I would love it if Kuratake would have metal bodies that were refillable rather than using so much plastic.
8. Pens are very clean, controllable & have consistent ink-- no prepping or pooling. When brush pens were new in the States back in 1990s, I used Pental Standards as they had a large range of colors & flexible tips for a felt tip. However, Pental Standards needed prepping & frequently, the ink would clog & suddenly explode, ruining any drawing & my hands-- Pental Standards are a mess!
9. There is a huge variety of colors; around 60 colors! One of my other fave online/brick & mortar stores has the full line of the brush pens. It would be great if Jetpens carried the whole line & the larger sets. With the variety & blendibility, the full line provides an emmense variability of color. The only thing that is missing is that there's no metallic or luminescent colors (unlike Pental Standards). Metallic inks can be trickier because the particles tend to clog up pens that aren't dip brushes. If possible, I would love shiney & luminescent colors.
I primarily use these brush pens to color illustrations when I want to have more of a flat ink look rather than light washes & for mandalas (which result in vibrant blendible & contrasting colors & design). They work nicely with Inktense pencils, Permanent ink in refillable brush pens, fine liners, oil crayons & especially the Sakura Jelly pens.
Jetpens, do you thin you could carry the whole line if there's interest?
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August 22, 2012
Since I work in 3d art...
Since I work in 3d art as well as in 2D art, I'm always looking for pouches that will help contain my supplies. I use this particular pouch for storing beads, findings, ribbons & trimmings when I am crafting on the go. There are useful compartments-- I especially like the mesh net pouch inside the main compartment; it is perfect for me to separate the selected (metal) charms from the crystal & ceramic beads.
Overall, I love Nomadic's bags; they are excellent necessities for artists who work in a variety of fields & media.
Now, if only Nomadic would come out with bags with funky & fun designs-- this would be ideal as I prefer designs over solid colors.
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