A tool I can’t live without: the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
I love this! Just subscribed last night. Your drawing about time made me think of the Dar Williams song I have been listening to a lot lately…”Time, be my friend”…
In the last few months I've started playing around with the brush pen and I'm way too old to not have picked one of these up beforehand. Thanks for the videos on reloading and your own way of working with the pens. I find after writing in my journal, that doing a drawing lets me decompress.
It was my son’s birthday on the 25th he turned 21. I have been wanting time to slow down too…
Thanks for the brush pen jaunt. We have a love/hate relationship, the brush pen and I, and it's good to see the grittiness of someone else's process.
Years ago we were on highway 5, in the middle of nowhere, California, driving home from Legoland, where we’d taken our two kids to celebrate the ninth birthday of our oldest. I was pregnant with our third. Suddenly it hit me that this baby wasn’t even born and our oldest was halfway through his childhood! I started sobbing uncontrollably, totally freaking out my husband and the kids. THE FEELINGS. I remember.
Austin, you made my bed time! I was setting the alarm, when...what? Your newsletter on a Tuesday? Impossible not to open it! Great idea to be here on Substack. And to write about Lynda, and the brush pens and the feelings and the desires of freezing time some times...how do I fall asleep now *+*!
I looooove brushpens. The Tombow Fudenosuke is my absolute favorite. It’s a harder brush pen tip and the ink us SO deeply black. Very satisfying!
I took a semester of Mandarin at City College of San Francisco. Chinese characters look WAY better with a brush than ballpoint. I took it with me to China.
Shades of Letraset pens. When I would come home with ink under my nails for a week. And not to forget when they dried up and that microscopic needle had to be how to clean it. More ink under the nails… Do love the brush pen!
I have the pen on my desk, I look at it everyday, and it terrifies me. But I'm going to look at the video you posted and hopefully gather some courage. It's been short nib brush pens for me so far!
I feel ya about time slowing down… our oldest is also nine… Thanks for the continued inspiration! I recently got the journal you recommend from your Amazon page, as well as the fun pencil sharpener (although my kids love to get in to that one!).
Btw, was just in your city for a concert at the Moody Amphitheater, such a fun venue!
I LOVE my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I stopped using it as much because of the refills - but now I have the secret to refilling them! Thanks so much, Austin! :)
Love your books and posts! I just visited the Getty Center and was excited to see your books in their store.
hey Austin, I’m a longtime fan and just subscribed. I can’t draw for the life of me. But I can scribble! Ordered the pen.
Yeah, I have two of these pocket brush pens (one for the house, one for a travel bag); they’re great for artwork away from a studio. I wish my G-tip Ackerman pen worked as well as the pocket brush, but it’s too leaky for regular use (though I would like to try the Hunt 102-tipped Ackerman pen to see if it works any better).
The blunt syringe/pentel refill trick is ... just... great. Thanks for sharing.