Because it is my first couple weeks of class and I also want to share as much as possible with my graphic design and illustration students, I have decided to introduce you to some of the tools I have been using, along with some comments so you can decide for yourself if you would like to add them to your set for the new school year.
As far as I can remember, I have always appreciated pens and pencils. Shopping with my mother for my school supplies was always exciting for me. These days, I love to look for new tools I can share with my students and friends.
Our local art stores have a lot to satisfy us in that regard. You can go there and spend minutes trying their demo pens to finally find one or many that feel good for you. In Edmonton, I like to go to Colours and DeSerres. They carry different brands so you have a lot to choose from.
I also like online shopping, as the sent parcel feels just like a surprise bag and I am always excited to see if my purchase was great.
Jetpens is definitely my favourite. They have so much, so much stuff! Often you can read the reviews so your purchases are in most cases, good ones. With our dollar value right now, it might not be the best deal you can find, but they definitely have some special gems you won't be able to access easily elsewhere.
My day-to-day pen is a simple Pilot Rasor black pen. I find I can either write or draw with the same tool which is quite convenient. I often bring this one with me at meetings as well as at working sessions.