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RapidoSketch pens
rickrudge at 9:49AM, June 1, 2020
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Hi everyone. I know most people here create their comics digitally, but there might be a few of you here that use pen and ink on paper like I do. I normally use a Pilot Precise V5 or V7 rolling ball pen, but I’m kind of tired of using a disposable pen. We have enough plastics being thrown into landfills and the oceans.

I’m about ready to start using some Koh-I-Noor RapidoSketch pens. Back in the “bad old days” when I was a printer, I used the Rapidograph pens. Although these are traditional technical pens, they do require a lot of maintenance and care to keep working properly. One thing that I’ve noticed with the RapidoSketch pens is that you can use these at a slight angle instead of drawing strictly at a 90 degree angle, which is great.

If there’s anyone here that uses these technical pens, I’d love to hear from you, or at least commiserate with you (compare notes). Thank you.

— Rick Rudge
Avart at 6:42PM, June 6, 2020
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joined: 2-19-2017
Hi Rick! Sure, analog drawing is one of the things I love the most. But it's also an expensive hobby if you want the best tools (or at least above average quality). So I went for the digital stuff, but I keep all my tools and from time to time I have a great time with them. Well, any piece of paper and pencil/pen are good ;)

So here they are:

Thank you for let me share this old stuff ;)
rickrudge at 7:29PM, June 13, 2020
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joined: 10-3-2019
Wow, Avart. Thanks for showing me your supplies. You do some excellent work, both digitally and analogue. “The Gloom” is a fantastic comic series.

The two RapidoSketch pens that I got are .50 and .25 and I’ll start using them very soon. Thanks again for your post.

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kawaiidaigakusei at 4:00AM, June 21, 2020
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joined: 3-23-2007
Hi @RickRudge and @Avart!

Reading you talk about Precise V5 and V7 pens make me so happy. Those are terrific for drawing that thin, dark black line.

I love using the old standard Drafting Pencils. I had a set of four mechanical pencils that were beyond worth their weight in silver because the 0.3mm pencil gave me so much control by being a very light pencil.

I still have most of my pens from the past. I am afraid the ink on most of the wells have dried up.

Avart, you have a very serious and beautiful pen and pencil collection!
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rickrudge at 10:14AM, July 19, 2020
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joined: 10-3-2019
Thanks for your comments, kawaiidaigakusei. I still love the Precise pens, but I have since purchased some Rapidosketch pens, a .50 and a .25 thickness pen. I’ve started a comix series using the Rapidosketch pens called, “Strike Like a Spark From a Stone” and it’s found here. This is rated for Mature readers.

These pens really have a sharp learning curve to just regular ink pens and the amount of maintenance that is required is really intensive but the ink is a strong dark color and the lines are very thin. I’ve blogged my early experiences using these pens called “The Koh-I-Noor Rapidosketch Pen”.
You can find those here:

Again, if anyone reading this is an “Old School” Rapidograph user, I would love to hear from you. Any tips that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

— Rick Rudge

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