Motivation Monday - PEN-fessional Review of the Pentel Brush Pen
This review was written by Gabriel R., a Pentel PEN-fessional. Gabriel received no monetary compensation for this review.
The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is one of my favorite drawing tools ever. That honor is now in jeopardy. Recently the fine folks of Pentel sent me a few samples of their Brush Pens. I received a few colors which I'll review at a later time and a basic black brush pen, which I been using alot recently.
The pocket brush pen is the size of a writing pen that has a hard plastic barrel that has a brush nib with a removable cap. Ink comes from a cartridge that flows to the nib. Basic yet elegant and very effective.
Its big brother, the Pentel Brush Pen differs in many ways. This pen is larger and by larger I mean the barrel is longer and the brush tip is bigger. When I first opened the package the barrel was a little surprising, it was longer and tapered at the end and it also acts as the ink cartridge. The barrel screws into the actual brush nib. The nib is not hair of any type but is made of synthetic fibers that come to a fine point. All this and a cap.
To get the pen going you squeeze the barrel with the pen upside down and the ink flows into the nib. It's neat to see the nylon turn from clear to black in a few seconds. After the brush is loaded with ink the pen is ready to go. Sketching commence!
The pen being longer actually feels quite comfortable. I thought I'd need to be more gentle holding the barrel since it's squeezable to allow the ink out but it was fine and held up. The brush tip itself was extraordinary. It never lost its shape and was easy to get to a point. Since this brush is larger than the Pocket Brush Pen I thought it would be more difficult to get a finer and delicate line. It wasn't. Part of the beauty of it was that it achieved a super fine line and by adding more pressure while sketching it could get a nice broad stroke. The brush stayed load with ink very well but it also can get a nice dry brush effect.
The Brush Pen passed the sketching and initial use test but it needed to pass another major test. I left the pen UNCAPPED to see if the actual brush would dry out. I came back to the pen about a day and a half later and when I tried to use it I got a dry brush effect. I flipped it over squeezed the barrel a bit and tested it out. It worked as good as day 1!
I would highly recommend this pen for any art endeavor. It's such an awesome tool that gives great line variation and holds its own to any brush pen in the market. As a matter of fact it surpasses almost ANY brush pen on the market. I'll be honest and say that sketching with a brush is difficult to master but is super fun to use and with a pen like this it's easy to keep focused on the art and not get distracted with fussing with an inferior product.