I’m still going to keep drawing comics.
For the last year, I’ve been using a specific type of pen from a specific art store in Ueno. I absolutely adore how it handles, what the lines look like, and how quickly it dispenses ink.
Right before we moved out to the countryside, I bought another 11 pens (all they had in stock at the time), assuming that I wouldn’t be coming into Tokyo as often (and therefore, I should stock up). Each pen lasts for roughly 10 – 15 full comics.
I was down to my last three pens when I sent Ryosuke to Ueno to pick up more (since he had an appointment in that side of Tokyo anyways). They were all out.
He asked a staff member and they said that company has discontinued the line. Apparently I had bought some of the last of their pens, back in February. And, of course, I contacted the company directly in the UK and they said they don’t make that style anymore (but they could ship me pens from a similar line, for like $60 in shipping for 10 pens). Since I don’t know that line, I decided to pass.
I’ve gone through all three pens since then (of course) and picked up another three types from a nearby art store. Two of them are a no-go (they hurt my hand/I don’t like the way they handle)… but this one is okay.
I don’t LOVE it, but I can get used to it.
So from here on out, my comics might look a little different – since the line thickness has changed.
Seriously, though, the tools of the trade matter. I never realized how important pens are untill I started actually using them full-time.