Ink Brushes



Here's a comparison of seven brushes I've used for inking. Five are synthetic, one is a combination of synthetic and sable and the last is all sable. Note that the number or size designation isn't as important as the actually dimensions of the brush. What works best for me is a brush approximately 3mm x 15mm (width x length).

The most important attributes are fineness of the tip, flex, how much ink it carries and how it holds up after cleaning. The synthetics are relatively cheap at about $4-7, while the synthetic/sable cost about $10 and the all sable is $40.

Here are the brushes I tested:
The best was the Grumbacher, the W&N Sceptre Gold and the W&N Series 7. For me what makes a good brush first and foremost is the tip; without a nice, fine tip, it's useless. The three I just mentioned, more often than not, will have decent tips. The other brushes either had fat, rounded tips or tips with split hairs. Maybe one out of every ten will have all of the desired attributes. If you buy online, buy several in the hopes of getting a great one.

Disclaimer: I'm not being paid by any of these companies.
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Marc Hansen
Marc Hansen

Cartoonist and creator of Ralph Snart Adventures, Weird Melvin and Doctor Gorpon. Hansen has done most of his work for NOW Comics, but has also done work for Marvel, Disney and Kitchen Sink Press.

Ralph Snart Adventures was published from 1986-1993 by now defunct NOW Comics, and was the longest running comic in the entire NOW catalog, selling an average of 50,000 copies a month during that nine year period. Over two million comics were published, and it was the first indy comic to receive the Comics Code.

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