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Something tells me that I’m going to be making an entire comic (or two) with this most marvelous of tools: the brush pen.

A Sakura Pigma archival ink brush pen, to be more precise.

Now if only they work with Prismacolor markers…

OH WAIT…

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THEY DO.

I think I’ll be using this type of pen to draw Charlie & Clow AND The Legend of Jamie Roberts.

I love the free flow of the brush pen, and it’s much more controlled than a paint brush, plus it keeps a better ink flow.

That’s my least favorite thing about working with paint brush and India ink: the ink sputters and turns grey JUST as you start to get into a groove.

I don’t want to interrupt my groove! I want to draw!

Thankfully the brush pen doesn’t do that because 1. it has its own ink well built in, and 2. it’s way more confident than the wimpy paint brush. The brush pen could totally beat up the paint brush and steal its cookies.

With all of that said, I’ll definitely be redrawing what few Charlie & Clow pages I have inked.

But uh…

Charlie & Clow, page 1, still in progress. Click to enlarge
Charlie & Clow, page 1, still in progress. Click to enlarge.

…Oh boy that’ll be a pain to redo.

I love you, city-scapes, but you are a right pain to draw, much less re-draw.

Right now you might be thinking, “No! You don’t have to do it over again! Save yourself the effort!”

I’m going to anyway. I HATE how the cross-hatching turned out on this page. It’s messy, it ruins the skin complexions I’m trying to illustrate, and it’s way too time-consuming. (And in comics, you need every minute you can scrounge up).

I’m going to redraw it with brush pen, and grey markers for tones. That, and Charlie needs a slight costume change.