– EASY, right?!? 😄👍
– What do you mean NO? 😲
– Yeah… so maybe not. But a lot of us (me included) have seen people draw letters with their brushes and it looks sooooooooooooo EASY. It is done fast and looks gorgeous!
I thought, as I guess a lot of you did too, that it should be fairly easy to learn. I mean… light stroke on your way up and hard stroke on your way down. How difficult is that?
Apparently quite a bit. 😅😝
I started out buying the first brushpens I saw, witch in my case was Panduro’s (Panduro is a hobby-shop here in Norway and a few other countries) own markers. When I tried to use them I immediately thought “it has to be the markers, maybe if I buy the nice ones everyone else is using it will look better…” Anyone relating to this? Or when I was using the Tombow marker I just bought and was so excited about I thought “Is this right? Is the marker faulty? This doesn’t look right…”.
Now… I’m a stationery hoarder and I love to test new things so I’ve been buying any kind of marker I’ve seen (and still have pending a few) and after a short while of course I got the idea… It’s not the tool. IT’S ME! This isn’t as easy as I thought initially. It’s not complicated either, but it requires practice.
I am still learning and by that I mean… I’m still trying and failing. Sometimes I’m super happy about how things look and other times I hate it! And a lot of it has also to do with the font I try to emulate. Not every font looks nice in this type of lettering, and different styles are also different kinds of difficult to reproduce.
Now, to the question… does the marker (brand, type, used/new…) matter? Of course it does, YES. They wont do miracles for you and most of them are pretty good actually, just different, but they will absolutely make some sort of difference regarding the end result.
The picture below is written with different markers. My way of lettering is the same, but the word doesn’t look the same throughout witch means the brush itself acts a little bit different depending on angle, pressure, surface (aka paper), speed… you get the idea. 😜
So… my advice? And this comes from someone who is definitively still learning too: BE PATIENT and KEEP AT IT. Do a little bit here and there, you don’t have to go all out crazy about it as you might just demotivate yourself from keeping it up. And while you are lettering, take it slow and watch the brush. Watch how it behaves with your movements and try different angles, different paper, different pace of drawing… and watch the brush as you do so. It will tell you how to use it to obtain the result you want. 😉🖌
What I find most motivating is to see the change. So don’t throw away your first practice sheets. When you’ve tried for a while it will also be very motivating to see how you have improved, and trust me… YOU WILL!
And here comes a list of the markers I have and use, in case you find it interesting. And I use them all. The Tombows are great, have a great amount of colors, but I really use all the ones I have. (still looking for a way to store all my pens/markers in a way that makes them easy to use 😝 )
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen
- Tombow Fudenosuke (Brush pen)
- Distress Marker
- Twin Brush pennor Panduro
- Sakura Pigma brush
- Sakura Koi Coloring Brush
- Crayola supertips
- Memento Dual Marker
Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave a comment below if there is anything special you want me to write about and if you want me to review all the above, I’ll be happy to. 😄