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Pippin Portrait + SPEEDPAINT! by Capukat Pippin Portrait + SPEEDPAINT! by Capukat
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Art © Capukat/Celine Chandra 
Media: Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors, Princeton Art & Brush Co. Brushes, Grumbacher Brush, Copic Opaque White Paint, Moleskine watercolor sketchbook 5" x 8" inches, Kuru Toga Pencil (Graphite)Total Time: 1.5 hours

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c-yang Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that the Kuru Toga High Grade Roulette 0.5? O:
I've been looking into that pencil as a drawing pencil, but I have read from certain reviewers that the kuru toga mechanism works against you if you draw with it, as it was meant for writing where you raise the pencil from the surface of the paper more. Can I have your opinion of this pencil as a drawing pencil? 
Capukat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   General Artist
It is a kuru toga yes xD!!
To be honest, I think it depends on /how/ and not exactly what you're using it for. When I sketch and do my linework in pencil, I don't do a lot of continuous strokes. I pick up my pencil a lot. So when I want to use the nice thin point of a mechanical pencil but ensure the sharp point (that the kuru toga does by rotating the pencil lead), then I use my kuru toga pencils. 

However, I limit my kuru toga to mostly linework and very minimal shading since with gradating shading, you usually do not pick up your pencil a lot. I do think for writing of course it is definitely my favorite pencil out there.

Either way, I recommend the kuru toga line of pencils if you want to use it for things like lineart. If you want a more natural pencil feel, definitely go for traditional wooden pencils. However if you want a purely art mechanical pencil, I suggest getting a drafting pencil. My favorite is the Rotring 800 (or the Rotring 600 if you cannot afford the 800). Drafting pencils are generally very expensive compared to regular mechanicals but they're weighted nicely and are shaped and designed for drawing.

I hope that answers your question :D Just let me know if you have anything else.
c-yang Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the insight! I at this point though probably won't be able to justify a $52 dollar pencil. It does look very smexy tho. 

UhhHH another question! Regarding the Copic Multiliner SP. Compared to the Sakura Micron lining pens, what makes them worth $9? Apart from the fact that they are refillable and like, eternally omnipresent. 

Can you tell I'm trying to piece together a Jetpens order? One can never have too many additions to their arsenal.  But like, I'm trying to keep it under 50 and it's not working. So I've been reading reviews and getting opinions to eliminate the options.… ?… ???

^ this is probs really not worth it it's just so pretty 

*existential crisis* 
art supplies .. D:
Capukat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   General Artist
Ah sorry for the late reply! And yeah that's understandable XD

Right well to be honest, I don't think it's worth the extra ten bucks or so if you're just comparing linework. In some cases, I even prefer my pigma microns when it comes to lining because they are just so incredibly smooth. However, in certain cases, I find it more fitting to use the copics on marker paper when lining my colored copic pieces just because they are meant to work with copics and I find that sometimes the microns have (very very) minimal smudging when I color over too many times. Then again, it isn't too big of a difference.

Because the refills for the copics are about as expensive as buying new micron pens, I wouldn't say it's that big of a save. However, what it comes down to is probably personal preference. Each will have its strong points on different paper types and textures and you really have to try them out to see which you like. I do (most definitely) recommend both of them as my top choices for inking pens (I've tried faber castell, prismacolor, and staedtler among a few others and sakura + copic are still the top for me)

Ah sorry I'm rambling, all in all. Get one of each in the same size (I'd say 05 is a good place to start) and try them out. However! If you are only getting one or the other, pigma microns all the way. That'd be my choice too. The ink is also darker. This isn't obvious unless you compare them on some illustration paper side by side but it's a pretty considerable difference. 

Although um here's what I'd say about the supply list..

2 things
If you're getting a kuru toga to write, I suggest the gel line. Very comfy. It works well to sketch too but if you're getting it to draw, then I would stick with your current choice. (however I'd like to let you know that has that specific kuru toga pencil for a lower price for future reference. But of course it's a hassle at this point to purchase in two separate places)

and 2, if you really want a solid dip pen (which in my opinion is my absolute favorite)
then you'll want a pen holder by tachikawa… (which grip)… (without + cheaper)
the nice thing about these is that they hold both sizes of pen nibs

and as for pen nibs, it's ideal to probably try out and collect a few shapes and sizes, but if you're on a budget at the moment
then I recommend…
and if you can afford one more,
this one's neat…

Unfortunately they don't have an option for less than 10 nibs for the first unless you buy another brand. I've tried a few, and Zebra is personally my favorite once you break into it a little. It also happens to be the most popular G nib in japan for good reason.

The second option is really nice for just standard lines and especially sketching.

Yep! Haha forgive me if this was soo long. Sorta writing this half awake after my first final test XD oops
c-yang Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this was so informative and great O: O: O:

I got some non SP copic multiliners at Michaels the other day with a 50% coupon- and I was kind of only after the fine fine fine nibs that microns don't have- 0.03 and 0.05, which the pack had. The 0.3 and 0.1's are now a little useless to me tho... Microns are still the more comfortable of the two to hold imo.

Is the tachikawa nib holder w the cap not worth it? Is there even need for a cap? 
oh oh you can get the zebra g nibs separately for $1.20 each on jstationery…

Will the white grip on that one nib holder get dirty tho?
Do you use your dip pens often? What for? Is there like some great advantage they have over regular drawing pens?
Capukat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   General Artist
Haha xD
Oh I see! That's nice :3
And right. Microns do have the 0.05 just not the 0.03 (which is copic exclusive)

Micron's 0.05 is actually really nice!

Ah right, the cap. Only if you're traveling I guess? I have one for travel purposes so I don't stab myself/damage the nib but otherwise I prefer the design of the other two regular holders.

And ooh I see! Well that's nice,, I suggest you get some :D

There's a pink alternative to the grip too but either way, it's really easy to clean by just wiping any smudges. Mine have stayed pretty clean throughout the multiple uses :3
I definitely love my dip pens for lining my bigger and more complicated pieces.  It always more control with the right practice and so much more variety in lines. 

It's hard to say but I definitely prefer dip pens. I know for a fact that manga artists and comic artists use dip pens. 
Definitely up to you which you prefer in the long run. Dip pens take a little bit longer to master but I'd say give em a shot! 
c-yang Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*** oh yea I was asking about the weight of the rotring 800/600 which should be similar bc they're both all metal? 
Capukat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   General Artist
Yep. They're the same. Just the retractable feature that separates it.
c-yang Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
uhhh could you also compare the weight of the rotring to some common item? 
I'm wondering if the 500 would work as an effective less expensive subsitute
(though the silver body is so pretty, and the 500 doesn't come in that color :C )
Capukat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   General Artist
Ah I was going to recommend its predecessor if you wanted the lower price. I have not tried the 500 or previous but as I can describe the 800/600 (since they're technically the same) 
Gosh it's hard to say. It's heavier than a tablet pen.... maybe about the weight of two ipod nanos... gee it's hard because I would compare it to another pencil but the common pencil is usually plastic and fairly light in comparison.. the weight of 2 or 3 markers but more dense?

It's pretty heavy and is my first pencil that I really felt just weighed down on my hand.. in the best weight possible. So I don't know of any comparisons tbh
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