Monday, February 16, 2015

favorite lettering supplies with Megan Wells

It's Megan here and I'm back with some more tips and lettering tricks! Today is all about supplies. In my last post, an introduction to lettering, I emphasized that no special tools are really necessary to get started lettering. Just a few basics, like pencils, paper and a straightedge. 
But, of course, as you get more practice drawing letters, you'll want to explore different tools to work with. So today I'm going to share my personal favorites. 

I have a TON of pens, pencils, markers and other writing utensils. A TON. Even as a kid, my collection was huge. I just had to have every type of marker Crayola made, and I took my carrying case wherever I went! 

Today, my case isn't as big, but it still goes with me pretty much everywhere I go. I almost have to laugh when someone asks me, "Do you have a pen?". Um, yeah, I do...
But out of this huge collection, there are definitely some go-to supplies that I use the most and have become my favorites.

The first is probably every lettering artist's favorite: a Sakura Pigma Micron

For me, the micron pen is the cream of the crop when it comes to drawing lines. It comes in many sizes, from a point size of .20 mm (very tiny for super fine lines) up to a point size of .50 mm (for a thicker line). The micron is also available in a variety of colors, although I usually stick with black. 

Another reason why the micron pen is on the top of my list, is because it's waterproof. (I know Alisa is a huge fan of using these in her sketchbooks, because she can use watercolor on top of her doodles). 

For outside the studio, my go to pen for lines is a Sharpie pen.

A sharpie pen is very versatile, and I don't feel like I need to be as "gentle" with it - which is why I carry it with me more than I use it in the studio. I'm not afraid to let someone borrow my Sharpie, however, I'm not letting anyone get their hands on my micron pens. 
It also comes in a few sizes and colors. 

For thicker lines and filling in larger spaces, I love the Classic Copic marker

This is a high quality marker. It's a little more expensive than your everyday writing utensil, but I think it's worth it. If you take good care of it, it will last a really long time. The ink is refillable, and the nibs are interchangeable, and it's also waterproof. 
I use this marker a ton when I need to broaden a stroke or cover more area. 

For brush lettering, which I don't do very often, I prefer a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen.

I like this brush tip because it's not too flimsy, yet it does have some give. I also use it for filling in broad strokes on sketches - it covers a lot of ground quickly, however, it's not as easy to control as the Copic marker (which I use for more "finished" pieces). 

For colorful lettering, I just love Sakura Gelly Roll pens.

They are cheap, and come in a large variety of colors, including metallics, glitter, and more. These pens are not waterproof, so unless you want them to blend and bleed, they aren't the best for multi-media. 
When it comes to a nice opaque white ink, I skip the Gelly Roll (although it does come in white) and spend a little extra on Uniball Signo Gel pens. 

Oh, how I love this pen! It is the best white ink pen I have found - and trust me, I've tried them all. (if you do have another you like, please let me know!) It writes smooth and the white ink is super opaque. The downside of this pen is that it goes through ink super fast. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I go through about 50-60 of these a year. (I write with white ink a lot...)

I usually purchase a pack of 10 from Jet Pens and then, I add one additional pen in order to get free shipping (all orders over $25 ship free). This is my excuse for buying a new pen I haven't tried before, which is always fun. 

For simple sketching, I use a good ole cheap mechanical pencil. Nothing fancy about that.

I typically have about 20 of these on my desk, however I can never seem to find one when I need it.

And lastly, a few people asked about my ruler last time, so I wanted to include what straight edge I prefer. I actually use an Omnigrid Quilting ruler

I stumbled on this for lettering by accident (I tried make a quilt, bought tons of sewing supplies, and promptly gave up.) But here I was with a fantastic ruler, and I've been using it ever since. 

So there you have it, my very supplies for drawing letters! 

And thank you for the warm welcome last time - I'm so happy to be sharing on Alisa's blog and excited to keep sharing some lettering tips and tricks with you all!

And please share your own favorite supplies with us. Keep using the hashtag #redefinecreativelettering and let me know what you love to use!

xoxo - Megan 
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