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The Best Black Pens for Drawing

The Best Black Pens for Drawing Challenges

October is officially here, which also means the month of drawing challenges is finally here! Whether you’re participating in Inktober, Drawlloween, or any other drawing challenge this month (or any time of the year for that matter), we’ve rounded up all of the best black pens for you to take on all your drawing endeavors. 

Preferred by artists around the world, Sakura offers a full selection of illustration tools for taking on any drawing challenge, including the blackest ink. Pigma ink, invented by Sakura over 30 years ago, continues to be the most reliable permanent ink on the market today. Our permanent, fade resistant, chemically stable ink will not bleed or run after the ink has dried.

Not sure where to start? Read more on each of our most popular Pigma pens below to find out what will work best for you.

Pigma Microns

The Classic. Microns are our most popular pen and it’s easy to see why they are beloved by so many over the past 30 years. This collection of pens are staples among designers and artists because of the accuracy, minute details and preservation you can achieve. Experience smooth, skipfree marking and crisp ink colors that leave consistent lines every time.

Pigma Brush Swatch

Pigma Graphic

Need to create some dimension with bold lines? When artists want dark, bold pen strokes that last, they turn to Pigma® Graphic™ with archival Pigma® ink. The three large bullet and chisel nibs are designed to meet the specific needs of illustrators, cartoonists, calligraphers and manga artists by enabling a broad range of techniques.

Pigma Professional Brush Sizes

Pigma Sensei

Pigma Sensei drawing sets include the tools you need to illustrate in the Manga or comic style. Learn to draw like the pros using the same rich, black Pigma ink that’s been the trusted ink of Manga professionals for over 30 years. Use chisel nib inking pens for sharp lines and filling in large spaces. Use fine lines for facial expressions, lettering, and detailing, or bold lines to add impact and drama.

Pigma Micron line example

Pigma Brush

Looking for something to give a punch of color and some gestural movement? Pigma Brush is a flexible brush-tipped pen that responds to instant changes in pressure or direction. This special formulation of pigment-based ink is more complex and stable than dye based inks. Illustrators, manga artists, cartoonists, calligraphers, and hobbyists can put pen to paper and leave a mark that will last a lifetime.

Pigma Graphic sizes

Pigma Professional Brush

From super fine hairlines to big, bold strokes, the new Pigma Professional Brush series offers the ultimate in versatility. These durable brush nibs respond to instant changes in pressure or direction with a silky smooth, accurate and consistent ink flow. The deep black, archival quality Pigma ink ensures the mark will last a lifetime. The brush nibs were specially developed to provide fantastic bounce and memory over long periods of use

Pigma Professional Brush Sizes

Want to see the best black pens in action? Head over to our Instagram to follow along as we take on drawing prompts throughout the month!

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