Arpithooda asked me on Instagram : What is my favourite black ball point pen ?
I though you guys may ask yourself the same question about it. So let me share with you our discussion. Beside that, I would be curious to know which one is yours ? Tell us in the comments. 🙂
My answer to Arpithooda:
Hard to say, sometime free ball point pen (from hotel, advertsing…) give sometime better results than branded one. But as soon as the pen has no more ink, it’s often impossible to get any more.
I like the Papermate ball point pen though. I used to buy them in bulk when I was student so I could keep one in my bag, one in my pocket, on in my jacket, one in an other bag… everywhere ! Today I would recommend retractable tip. They are easier to carry, and you won’t lose the cap when you draw outside.
It’s actually better to find one you like and stick to it.
It’s better to master one well, than keeping changing looking for the best. So I guess the perfect ball point pen is the one you practice with the most. Basically, a good ball point pen has a good variation of pen pressure, and doesn’t make too much stains.
Feel free to check James Mylne amazing realistic artworks he does with a ball point pen.
A ball point pen start to make stains when the ink get warm at the tip. After drawing for a while, the temperature of the tip rise because of the friction on paper. So the ink start to melt and make stains (Especially when it is accidentally in contact with your palm !!). If you plan to draw for long, consider to bring 2 pens instead of one. So you could interchange when needed and keep drawing with a “cold” pen.
Paper Mate Ink Joy 500 RT 0.5 XF – Retractable tip.
And you, what’s your favourite pen ? Let us know in the comments 🙂