Art Student and Pentel PEN-fessional Gabriel Reyes Speaks Out About Pentel

Art Student and Pentel PEN-fessional Gabriel Reyes Speaks Out About Pentel

Growing up, one of the worst things was realizing summer was almost over and it was almost time to go back to school. At the same time, one of the best things was realizing that it was time to do some back to school shopping and afterwards getting those supplies ready for the first day of class. I found walking up and down the school supply aisles soothing. It was always fun to check out what new features a mechanical pencil had, what new fun shape erasers I could discover, and to try to find the coolest looking notebook. Although nothing was as good as taking all those supplies to school once all that shopping was done.

Now as an adult, back to school shopping is more fun than ever. I am currently a student at the Academy of Art University so my shopping was filled with pencils, charcoals, paints, sketchpads and canvases.

When I first enrolled in AAU I treated myself to 0.5 and 0.7 Pentel Graph Gear 1000s.

Pentel Graph Gear

Those were very soon followed by the 0.3 and 0.9 versions, then of course the legendary Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Those were just the beginning to my pencil/pen addiction!

Now for this new semester I have recently purchased a Quick Dock pencil (with refills of course), a Sharp Kerry (its compact ability makes it great for carrying around for travel sketching), a Tri eraser (which is now my favorite eraser!), and probably the most fun so far, the 8-Color pencil! How have I lived this long not knowing there was a mechanical color pencil with 8 different colors?!

Pentel Tri Eraser - the artist's favorite!

I don’t want to stop there however, next up on my shopping list is a few new brush pens in various colors and a Pentel Aquash watercolor set.

Thanks to Pentel, the joy and spark for back to school shopping lives on. I know I can count on them for my sketching equipment.  As a Pentel PEN-fessional product reviewer, my goal is to convince them to start producing acrylic and gouache paints! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to try right?