My Favorite Brush Pen + Best Brush Pen for Beginners

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If you have been following me on Instagram since the beginning of my lettering career (about two years now), you'll know that I started out using exclusively Dual Brush Pens by Tombow. I had heard wonderful things about the DBPs and they were available at the art store closest to my work at the time! It was FATE! A few months into using my collection of Dual Brush Pens, I decided to venture further into Tombow's amazing inventory, and ordered the Fudenosuke Brush Pens. 

And then everything changed!

From the first moment I used the Fudenosuke Pens, I could visibly see the change in my lettering style. All of a sudden, it was like I actually HAD a style---something I had been working on since the beginning. Two years into my lettering adventure, I can say I've honed in on my style (I even have an online class about how I did it, too!), and the Fudenosuke pens have played a HUGE role in my style discovery. Now, I'm not saying magic will happen for every single person that uses the Fude pens, but I can't recommend them enough to beginners. I wish I had known about these pens from the get-go!

1. The pens, themselves, are a normal size

The regular size is great for the hands of a beginner! A lot of other brush pens are longer, taller, thicker...just 'different' in general. When you’re first starting out, it's nice to have a familiar-feeling tool in your hand. Once you master your first brush pen, you're ready to explore more advanced and fancy brush pens!

2. The Fude Pens come in two distinct variations: Hard Nib and Soft Nib

They may not look that much different, but the way they FEEL on paper could not be more different. Basically, the hard nib is not nearly as flexible as the soft nib. Depending on how heavy or light-handed you are, you may see a big difference in the way these pens perform, or you may see little to no difference at all. 

Here's an example: 

You can visibly see there is little difference between these two for me, but I still much prefer the soft nib because it feels so much better on the paper than the hard nib. The three strokes on the left side display the thickness of the strokes at different levels of pressure (maximum pressure, medium pressure, no pressure). For a beginner, playing around with these two nibs and they way they react to pressure would be SUCH amazing practice. 

3. These pens make your calligraphy look LEGIT

And when I say legit, I really mean that your calligraphy could easily look like 'pointed pen' if you want it to! I love using the Fude Hard Nib to create the look of a pointed pen in my daily practice. The soft nib won't give you that "thin, fragile, delicate" stroke, but it is worlds different from a Dual Brush Pen in thickness and has it's own unique stroke! I favor the soft nib in daily practice, but they are both amazing!

4. They digitize BEAUTIFULLY!

I digitize 85% of the pieces I do. And there is a reason I use the Fude Pens...they write so beautifully, and the digitize even better! I barely have to do any editing!

All in all, I cannot recommend these pens enough. Beginners and experienced letterers, alike, you NEED to get your hands on one of these (literally)! I am obsessed, and I know you will be too!