Years ago, before I was too aware of the wide world of inking pens, I used a regular Sharpie marker. It made thick, dark & consistent lines, but not only did they dry out quickly & go through all my paper, the smell made me go cuckoo. Glad I gave those up.
Then, when I started at SVA, I started to explore & experiment with different pens. Don Duga, my drawing professor, recommended Rapidograph pens. I tried a few of his during class & I kinda liked the feel of them. I shelled out 75 bucks for a set of them. God, did I regret that...
Sure, the pens are ok, if you're an architect who only makes straight lines. I hold pencils & pens at a specific angle, but with the Rapido's, you gotta have them at the EXACT angle or the ink won't go. Also, I particularly prefer to to draw thick, smooth lines, which the Rapido's aren't the right choice for. & worst of all is the maintenance. I cleaned them, rinsed them, refilled them & tried to take really good care of them & I STILL ended up ruining them! 75 bucks out the window.
Currently, I use a Size 1 Pigma Graphic Pen & a Pigma Brush Pen. So far, these are my prime choice pens. The lines are consistent & dark... they move pretty smoothly across the paper... & the Size 1 is the perfect thickness for me. The Brush Pen is great 'cause I can go from really thin to really thick with my lines. Part 6 of my comic was all inked with a Brush pen.
They would be 100% perfect for me, except for one thing: THEY DRY WAY TOO QUICKLY!!! At the rate I draw daily, I average out at 1-1.5 pens a day. I try to use as much as them as I can, but by then the lines break up & become very rough. As for the Brushes (which dry equally as quick), I end up fraying the edges way to quickly. After they get frayed even the slightest, I can no longer go thinner than a Size 1, the lines become fuzzy edged & create double lines. I have to be extra careful with them, or they end up useless & in the trash. & the fact that they are $2-$3 a pop doesn't help much either.
*Can anyone recommend any pens that fit my inking style: thick, smooth & consistent lines? I've heard a lot of good things about the Kuretake Brush Pens, but can anybody give me any first-hand experience with them? Are they durable? Are they easy to fray? Do you have to take as much care for them as a Rapidograph?
Also, can anybody give me any good tips about inking? Any help would be greatly appreciated.