Different inking tools.

Hey there, whoever you are.

Hope that everything is going on great.

I have been asked one or two times what tools do I use to ink and the most common answer is “All of ’em”. For that, I mean that Still can not decide or name just one tool to decide, so, I choose one or another regarding the style of the penciler.

So, to make things clearer, I’ll detail all tools I have used to detail what i use and in what type of pages, with an example:

Disclaimer: Everything depends on the inker and how it suits to his style, so don’t take this as carved in stone, ok?


– Tool: Raphael Kolinsky 8404 Brush

– Used: “Robin Hood”, Some covers and pin ups. (I have recently used it on the “El Viudo” Comic, but shhhh, don’t tell ’em!)

– Description: This brush has something for me. I have accomplished some of my goals corrupting failures with it. Still don’t know how many pages can use it, since I have worked with it in four pages bust still rocks.  Great, GREAT line variation, it has a REAL curves with it, not very useful at dry ink, thou, and good effects with rapid lines. You can do details with it and still its fine point rocks. Great, but expensive choice.

– Suggested For: Once you feel free to ink, this is your guy.


– Tool: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brush

– Used: Still not familiar with it. Bought one #0 and one #00 recently over my trip to NY but I haven’t got the time to use it.

– Description: This is alongside the previous brush, the most used and recommended brush to use for inking comic books.

– Suggested For: Once you get paid or collaboration jobs and feeling comfortable with your craft.


– Tool: HUNT 102 Quill

– Used: Pin ups, Latest Issue of “El Viudo”, Robin Hood, among others

– Description: THE best will on the market. used by the greatests inkers and the tool I want to master. The best example of using this quills is watching Joe Weem’s Gnomon video.

– Suggested For: Once you are confident on using quills (I recommend start with Rotring Art Pen and then use some quills that you might find at  your local store like Cretacolor), this is the best quill. I change quills once every three or four pages, It degrades slowly and you must keep it clean from dry ink because it won’t run properly next time you use it. Has a very cool line variation. When you use a new quill you’ll see he finests lines on the paper, but it won’t fail if you need thicker lines. HOWEVER, this tool still requires a mastership using it, patience with the ink and paper and you’ll get fed up fats if you don’t get it  right, so #respect it.


– Tool: Pentel Penbrush

– Used:  Mostly “El Viudo”. I Used it on the first two issues. FTEX Art Director asked me to change it to Hunt 102 for Issue 3, but still I am not convinced that was the best move.

– Description: Cartridge charged with a slightly stiff brush cap. I used to change cartridges every 4 pages.

– Suggested For: Buy two of ’em. Ideal for beginners at brush inking. However is not that good at modulating lines or fine detail inking, but is a great start on brushes.


– Tool: Artline Calligraphy pen

– Used:  In details, mostly on “Age Of Oblivion” backgrounds.

– Description: Technical pen – type. Has beveled point and it comes in different sizes: 1.0 up to 4.0.

– Suggested For: Is a good tool, but don’t use it too much. I used on background and kinetically lines, where needs to show a straight slightly modulated line. When you use it and start rotate it while drawing a line you can get cool 3d-like lines. Very Scott Williams-ish’s latests works. (Despite the fact, Scott Williams uses brushes).


– Tool: Rotring Art Pen Cartidge rechargable Quill

– Used:  Trainee inking

– Description: Just like Pentel Brushpen, this quill-cartridged pen is like the first step to get to know how to use quills.

– Suggested For: i used this years ago. Actually was not the best choice, so i only suggest to get one if you want to start using quills and don’t know how to start with it, then use this pen. You’ll learn about how guide the direction of the pen and small line variations. Never used on a page.


– Tool: Staedler Pigment Inker

– Used:  “Headliners”; Trixie Dynamite”, Diego Toro’s Stuff and backgrounds

– Description: THE Technical pen to use, at least for me and a useful birthday present (Got 10 from my cousin Barbara). Use it and throw it. you’ll see how the fine cap starts to degrade after the first page. I Recommend using 0.1

– Suggested For: This is mostly the first inking tool for everyone and there are some inkers, some professional inkers that still uses as a main tool, so don’t get embarrassed if you start with this tool and you keep it as your main inking tool. You won’t get modulated lines or line variation, but it’s versatile enough to “create” the modulated lines and fill it with blacks. The main suggestion for this tool is that this guy is a wistleblower. This tool tells you what is your weakest point by using it. For instance: My main problem was feathering. doing it with this pen told me with big red lines, so I changed to Kolinsky Brush.


– Tool: ArtLine Drawing System Tech Pen

– Used: Background and some details

– Description: just like Technical pen above

– Suggested For: I have not good memories with this fella. I feel that the material used on the point is feebler than Staedler’s so I feel that it degrades way faster than the other one.


– Tool: Pilot Super Color Marker Beveled

– Used: Backgrounds where I was running low on using liquid ink.

– Description: Great marker for filling blacks. The ink used by pilot is slightly blue, but still works in the scanner.

– Suggested For: For beginners, filling with blacks the best tool is to use this beveled market, since it has a good black line. Weakpoint, one starts to run out of its own ink filling with black the same spot once or twice is just a pain in the ass.

Where can you buy all of them? http://www.paperinkarts.com

So, That was my two cents about inking tools. Hope that it helps.

Next post: Inks.




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Born in Barcelona, 1977, now I live in Chile. I'm currently working as a inker or letterer for several American, New Zealand or UK publishers like Beyond Reality Media, Alterna Comics, Advent Comics, Insane Comics, IDW Publishing, Ariete Producciones and Dogitia among others.

6 responses to “Different inking tools.”

  1. mirkolovic says :

    Doco, genial artículo!! Muchas gracias por compartir los materiales que usas, me encanta ver tu trabajo!!

    Estoy acostumbrado a usar el 0.1 y tengo ganas de incluir el Penbrush!


  2. Manuel Basulto says :

    Excelente articulo Cristian! Muy interesante y una buena guia.
    Una consulta respecto a los pinceles, de las marcas y series disponibles en Chile, cual seria la mas “similar” a las que nombras en el articulo?
    Saludos y felicitaciones por el articulo y tu trabajo.!

    • DOCINKS says :

      No me golpees, pero no tengo ni la más remota idea sobre la oferta de pinceles para tinta en Chile. Sé que Color Animal tiene un buen surtido, pero desconozco qué modelo puedes encontrar en nuestro país. Quizá Ismael Hernández (Varua Rapa Nui, Miguel de Fuentesanta) tendrá una opinión más formada que la mía, lo siento. 😉

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