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7 Best Brush Pens for Artists

Brush pens are a wonderful medium to create artworks on the go or in your studio. Instead of using a paintbrush and inks you save the potential mess since the ink is already inside the pen.

Brush pens are used for drawing on their own and in combination with other media such as watercolor and other types of pens and markers. They give lovely lines that vary in thickness and consistency. You can get very delicate and fine lifework as well as thick strong lines. Others like to use brush pens for a dry brush look with varied consistency. For example, the title of this website above was created with a brush pen.

Often used in lettering work, brush pens help you create beautiful calligraphy and hand lettering.

Brush pens are most commonly found in black ink but you can also buy pens in a wide range of colors, even in sets. They might be filled with india ink or watercolor ink. Some have refillable cartridges.

7 Best Brush Pens for Artists

Here are some of the top brush pens on the market and where you can get them.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is one of the most popular brush pens on the market. They are not too expensive and are long lasting. The cartridges can be replaced when they run out. The synthetic bristles are the perfect balance of soft and firm.

This is an excellent brush pen for beginners to advanced artists for lettering, drawing, cartoons and more.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen usually comes in a package with 2 ink cartridge refills. The pen can also be refilled with permanent ink from the bottle, although it might leak or get messy.

You can purchase the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen at your local art supply shop or online here at Amazon or from Dick Blick.

A bit fancier version is the Pentel Kirari Brush Pen which comes with a metallic gold or pink body. You can purchase the Pentel Kirari here.

Pilot Pocket Brush Pen

Are you new to brush pens? Perhaps you’ll want to purchase an inexpensive pen to try them out and see if you like this style of pen before committing to a pricier purchase. If so, take a look at the Pilot Brush Pen.

Instead of individual bristles you’ll find hard or soft nibs making it easy to create both thin and thick lines, great for brush lettering and drawing.

Purchase the Pilot Pocket Brush Pen from

Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen

The super fine nylon bristles of the Kuretake Brush Pen make it a joy to work with for illustrations and lettering projects.

The pen comes with three ink cartridges and it is not recommended to refill them due to issues with leaking. Of course you can try it if you like!

With gold detailing on the pen, it is elegant and lovely. Purchase the Kuretake Brush Pen and refill cartridges at Dick Blick or on Amazon.

Kuretake 40 Sable Brush Pen

If you are looking for natural bristles in a top of the line brush, check out the Kuretake 40 Sable Brush Pen from Japan. If you are new to brush pens you might need some practice to work with this one, as the bristles are sensitive and soft. However those who use it for drawing, calligraphy and comics tend to love the high quality brush.

The ink comes in cartridges and is waterproof. It can also be refilled using a converter.

You can find the Kuretake 40 Sable Brush Pens on Amazon. You might also like to check out the Kuretake 50 Sable Brush Pens.

Copic Gasenfude Nylon Brush Pen

With long sensitive nylon bristles, the Copic Gasenfude is ideal for drawing, handlettering and comic artwork. The ink is archival quality and can be combined with Copic markers to create colorful artworks.

Unfortunately this pen is not refillable.

You can find the Copic Gasenfude on Amazon or at Blick Art Materials.

Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen Set

These versatile brush pens create everything from thin pinstripes to bold strokes thanks to sturdy nibs that come in three sizes. Artists love the consistent line from the firm nibs. Note that these are not actually brush pens like the Pentel Pocket Brush or Kuretake Brush Pen but instead have brush-like felt nibs.

The Sakura Pigma Brush Pens can be used by illustrators, manga artists and for lettering, and the ink is archival quality and deep black.

Purchase the pens individually or in sets of three for all sizes from fine, medium and bold. You can buy them from Dick Blick or on Amazon here.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens

These Tombow Fudenosuke felt tipped brush pens come in sets of two for a variety of line thicknesses depending on the weight of your stroke. One pen has a hard tip while the other is soft. They are excellent for calligraphy, comics or drawing. The line is consistent but is capable of variation.

I like that the plastic pen barrels are made from recycled materials, however the pens are not refillable. The ink is waterbased and yet still waterproof if you let it dry.

You can find the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens here at Dick Blick or on Amazon.

Love brush pens? Check eBay for classic and collectable brush pens for sale.


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