Ask DN: What are your favorite pens/markers for sketches?

over 8 years ago from , Designer at 8VC

I'm ordering new supplies for my brain-splurts/thumbnail sketches. I know very little about Pens/Markers so I need your help. Comments on other art supply suggestions are welcome! :)


  • Lucas ReifLucas Reif, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Honestly, it's all about the Sakura Microns.

    7 points
  • Petr VlkPetr Vlk, over 8 years ago

    COPIC has probably the best (most complete) system -

    Markers with variety of tip options, refillable (using refills actually makes Copic pretty cheap, in the long run), huge palette of colors.

    They also have very good liners to go with the markers - the inks are different base, so they don't smear or bleed.

    To get best results, they have special marker paper - coated on back side, so it never bleeds through to next page.

    As alternative Tombow ABT are excellent markers for lighter (i.e. Moleskine) papers - don't bleed much and also have very wide color palette.

    3 points
  • Moiz K. MalikMoiz K. Malik, over 8 years ago

    Staedtler Fineliners are nice.

    3 points
  • Mitch De CastroMitch De Castro, over 8 years ago

    Paper Mate Flair. They're fun to use—really smooth and not too heavy.

    Otherwise, you could check out these threads:

    What's your favorite pen?

    Which pen do you use for sketching?

    2 points
    • Brian A.Brian A., over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

      YES. Paper Mate Flair for the win; my sketching implement of choice. That plus a Baron Fig = Sketching Heaven.

      1 point
  • Laurie CaiLaurie Cai, over 8 years ago

    Sharpie pen - fine point

    I use these almost exclusively for writing/sketching. They're awesome!

    2 points
  • Ben MJTBen MJT, over 8 years ago

    Muji 0.38mm gel pen, been my go-to pen for sketching and notes since uni. Ultra dependable, cheap, great flow, last for ages, can't go wrong.

    1 point
  • E BensleyE Bensley, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    I've been using Pilot FineLiner felt tip pens for pretty much everything since high school. I love how crisp the resulting lines and letters are, and I love how smooth they are on almost any surface.

    Pilot FineLiner

    I have a Parker silver/gold number on my desk for signing things but it rarely sees any use.

    1 point
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 8 years ago

    Lamy fountain pens. Cheap, and they make my sketches look pretty. Unless I smudge them.

    0 points
  • Dav ▩Dav ▩, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Pentel®Tradio® Stylo

    0 points
  • David PaliwodaDavid Paliwoda, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Black & Red Pentel Sign Pens (black for shape, red for emphasis) -slender and light so they're easy to quickly sketch with, brush like tip so you can do mixed thickness (or like some co-workers just crush the nib into the page with a signature screeching noise)

    Pilot V-7 (for detail and writing) - what can I say? It's a fine-line pen. Nice for writing cursive. I use 0.7mm

    0 points