10 September, 2019.
I tried out a gray Ecoline watercolor brush pen that was given to me as a sample at the USk Symposium. Not bad. I kind of like it.
It’s watercolor, not permanent ink. The nib is “brush-like” – i.e., it’s shaped a bit like a pointed round brush and is kinda sorta flexible. Sorta. I’ve only got the one, so I don’t know if it will blend at all when combined with other markers. I did discover that it really doesn’t reactivate enough with a wet brush to create any sort of wash at all. Instead, it kind of softens some of the harder drawn edges.
Still, it seems like a handy marker to use for small sketches. These, for instance were all drawn on a single 9 x 12 inch page, so they are about the size of a playing card. The point was sharp enough to effectively control it for small fills and thin lines; fills were easily accomplished by using the flat of the brush.
I think I’d find it less desirable for larger sketches though. For one thing, the crudity of fills are somewhat charming in a smaller drawing, but I feel like that characteristic would just look sloppy in a bigger one. I’m also not sure what kind of life expectancy to anticipate. Many other similar markers were fine so long as they remained juicy. Once they begin to dry out they quickly become useless. I’m curious to see if this behaves similarly.