A good pen in your hands gives you an edge on trying to achieve your artistic goals. In creating Lycos Anthropos I've used several ink pens. That is the nature of a pen nerd such as myself. In fact I am in a constant quest to find pen perfection. Naturally, then, I gravitated to Copic's line of art making products.
I am so into Copic's markers that I figured I'd start with their MultiLiner SP pens in drawing Lycos Anthropos. For me it is finely balanced and initially feels good to use. The nibs, when new, produce a faithful line without bleeding. And of course, the ink is water proof. The nibs are replaceable and ink refills can be easily inserted. This was an especially big selling point for me. If you draw a lot with ink pens you know what I mean. It always feels like such a shame to throw old, worn out pens into the recycling bin.
However there are some cons as well. The MultiLiner goes through ink rather fast, so you have to have refills handy all the time when you are in the middle of a drawing. Secondly, the nibs can be easily damaged and slow the flow of ink. Even though I tried to take care not to damage the nibs it seems like it didn't take much. At first I wasn't sure if it was the nib or what.
Don't get me wrong, when you have a freshly refilled MultiLiner with a new nib the pen works like a charm. But for the price I think I'll keep shopping around. In the meantime I have fallen back on one of my age-old fave ink pens: Sakura's Micron. More about that in a future blog.