Pens, Pencils, and Other Tools used for Hand-Lettering Type
The question I get asked most often is what tools I used to letter my designs, so I’ve decided to dedicate an entire page to share everything I use. Please do keep in mind that the tools listed is what works for me best, so go out there, try everything, and find ones that suit you!
Staedtler Mars Technico
My lead holder. It is a cross between a traditional pencil and a mechanical pencil. The great thing about it is that you can get it to the sharpness as you want like a traditional pencil, and is as convenient as a mechanical pencil when changing the lead.
I use it to sketch an preliminary drawings, as well as for the final sketch of my designs.
Staedtler Lead Sharpner
Used to sharpen my lead holders. I love this because it gets my Mars Technico to the sharpness of my liking.
My favorite pens to use to ink my designs. I definitely do not use them to write, but use them specifically for outlining and filling in all of my sketches.
I use a 0.05 for outlining and a 08 for filling in.
There are lots of brands out there, but my favorite ones to use are MICRON, MILLENNIUM, and STAEDTLER.
I find that MICRONS are more ‘wet’ and ‘inky’ and darker than the others. MILLENNIUMS are cheaper and much more comfortable to hold. And STAEDTLERS are a great in-between.
Brush pens are great because they allow you to go back and forth between thick and thin strokes. This is good for script writing, or filling in large spaces with ink. I also use them to take great notes. They come in soft brushes and hard brushes; I would recommend hard brush tips for beginners because they are much easier to control. Personal favorites are from Kuretake.
The tool of the calligrapher. This tool is a lot of fun because there are thousands of nibs you can try out, as well as different styles such as Spencerian, Copperplate, or Round Hand. Nibs I use come from Leonardt, Brause, Hiro, and Tachikawa.
I use two different flat pens, the PILOT PARALLEL and the ROTRING ART PEN. They come in different sizes, and the ones I use are 1.1, 1.5 and 3.8. I use them for gothic and script calligraphy, and mainly use them for making quick little sketches. I also use them for taking great notes.
Brushes are great because they leave a nice, natural texture and are used to present a messier style. Creating type or illustrations with brush and paint definitely has a different feel to it.