Are you a hand lettering beginner? Or maybe you’re struggling with controlling the brush tip of a larger sized brush pen? Or do you just love trying new lettering supplies? Here I’m going to share with you some of my thoughts about handlettering and modern calligraphy using the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen!
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There doesn’t appear to be much of a difference in the body of the pen from one to the other. The body of the pens in my color pack is a shiny where the black ink ones that I have more of a matte. But otherwise I cannot tell much of a difference.
As you can see, the tip of this pen is super tiny! This is great as a beginner because it can be easier to control than a giant brush tip that flops all over. So if you’re struggling just to get the feel of thick and thin strokes, a smaller sized pen can be a great option.
The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen has a hard nib and a soft nib option, but the color pens only come in the hard tipped nib. Below you can see a sample of lettering using the soft tip (on top) and the hard tip (on the bottom).
I go back and forth between preferring the soft vs. hard tip. I think when I first began lettering I liked the soft because it felt easier to me. The hard tip can feel kind of scratchy and it also really shows any shaky lines, so I think that’s why I liked the soft tip.
But then I got the pack of color brush pens and practiced with them a bit more and I really liked them! So this is for sure a personal preference and if you’re not sure which you’d like, you can grab the 2 pack of black pens that includes a hard and a soft tip to test.
You can see at the beginning of the alphabet using the hard tip that it started out a bit dry. Once I got writing a bit more, it got a little stronger, but I wouldn’t call this a juicy brush pen at all. I do think that this is a stylistic thing at times. There are lots of people who letter with a more casual style and write much more quickly than I did and I think that streaky look can really match the style of certain lettering.
The thing about this firm tipped pen is that you can really get super thin upstrokes. It is super crisp and clean looking, especially with steady upstrokes.
And here’s a comparison of the hard vs. soft tip. It’s honestly super hard to tell much of a difference but if you look closely, you can see that there may be a bit of a size difference in length.
After swatching some of the colored pens, I wanted to go ahead and test this with water. I wrote out with the red onto the page and then took a pretty wet paintbrush and painted over it with water. I haven’t actually done this before so to be honest I was actually surprised to see this hold up with so much water added to it. I did use a marker paper with this, but still I really don’t see much bleeding at all, if any.
Because of the way that these pens do look a bit less juicy than other pens, I wanted to just test out a bunch of lettering using one pen and see how it holds up. With this blue pen, I wrote “hello” a bunch of times to see how it goes! While there was a bit of fading in some of them, it still wasn’t streaky or awful. In my opinion, it’s for sure expected for brush pens or markers to look a bit more dull after a ton of writing so I was pretty impressed with how well these still wrote by the end.
Love Tombow?! I have a resource page for you that is a quick spot to find my Tombow handlettering tutorials and videos organized all in one place! Click here to head to the Tombow Resource Page or go here to grab my 1000+ Words Worksheets for small sized brush pens (shown above).