Most artists are a little obsessive about the tools they use. We love finding and trying new sketchbooks, new papers, new brushes and we absolutely love good pens. Brush pens, ball points, water brushes, fancy mechanical pencils and so on. We can spend hours seeking them out.
There’s one special pen in fact that I found almost ten years ago. I discovered it in NewYork’s Kinokuniya Bookstore. Super thin, super fluid and sharp, it’s a ballpoint but it doesn’t feel like one. It quickly turned into my absolutely favorite pen: the Uniball Signo with a 0.38 point made by mitsubishi (on the left in the picture). Here‘s a drawing I did with it to give you an idea. Years later I was happily surprised to find out this same exact pen was also my friend Tadahiro’s favorite!! Ronnie fell in love with it too. I usually buy these pens on trips to Kinokuniya or chinatown, I just discovered another option online now. The nice folks at Jetpens sent me a bunch of neat pens and pencils to try out and of course my favorite pen was among them. I was also impressed by the new Signo Bit, which has a 0.18 point, super sharp (second from left in the picture). Anyway, I was impressed by the selection on their site, really great. Don’t have a Kinokuniya store close by and need some of these neat pens? You have a good option now.