In a recent blog post, I mentioned that I used a disposable Sharpie pen to do the sketch. This is a very cheap, but effective drawing tool. I paid $2.50 for a pack of two of them from the local drug store. The ink is waterproof and line width is roughly equivalent to a Micron 03, maybe a wee bit finer.
I like the pen but I hate the very notion of disposable pens. We’re burying out planet in plastic and much of it can be traced to disposable products that replace perfectly good refillable products. We were talking pens on Facebook and one of the Singapore Urban Sketchers mentioned that there is a refillable version of the Sharpie pen and that it is available from Jet Pens. A few minutes later I had one winging its way to me.
It does increase the initial cost as this beautiful metal-body pen is $5.00. But refills are cheap and you’ll be throwing away a lot less plastic and feel good about yourself. That aside, this is a beautiful way to point a fine, felt pen at paper.