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Lenovo Miix 700 drawing by Ability-Normal
Lenovo Miix 700 drawing
Bought a Lenovo Miix 700 on black friday for doing digital sketching on the go. It has a few notable problems that the surface pro 4 also had, but overall its at least quite good for sketching. These AES pens make using certain brushes a little annoying as it adds a bit of a flick to certain types of brushes on the beginning or ending of strokes. If that one flaw was not there, then I think I could do full on final artwork on this device, but as it is, Its much better for layouts and character designs as opposed to finished work.

At the very least, it has a better point of activation that then surface pen has, so its much easier for me to sketch with overall. Hopefully in another generation of these devices, this flaw will be worked out, but as it stands, I think I'll be keeping this device even with its flaws.

Anyway, here's a sketch of some chick with a robot arm that I did this afternoon with it.
Channeling some O'Malley by Ability-Normal
Channeling some O'Malley
Was looking at Bryan Lee O'Malley's instagram and got a little inspired to try something more in his style for fun.
Uni-ball Vision Needle Micro by Ability-Normal
Uni-ball Vision Needle Micro
So, I've been trying out different pens for years in the never ending quest for what is best for me and my style of drawing. I've tried nibs, and rapidographs and felt pens/pigment liners, brushes, fountain pens, ball point. You name it, and I've tried it, or tried something similar

I've largely stopped using pens that have give in line weight as the style that I have developed seems to always look better with single, uniform line width. So, I phased out G pens, nibs and brushes.  I still use brushes for large black fill ins and for the occasional added line weight, but its rare thing.

I spent years using felt pens, and then moved on to rapidographs because I liked how they glided over paper better than the average micron. But they constantly clog without constant maintenance. So if I went a while without using them, I'd constantly need to clean them out. 

And then I was reminded of all the years in school, doodling on my book covers, and notes with the old pilot roller ball pens. They always felt great, but had a tendency to bleed pretty fast. While trying to find one of them at my local grocery store, I ran into the Uni-ball Vision Needle with the micro sized tip. To sum it up, I think I've found my ideal pen and I will likely need to buy a lifetime supply of them in the future.

They feel just as good as drawing with a rapidograph, only they never clog. Unlike microns, the tips don't fray break with use. They are also super cheap compared to other art pens, coming in at roughly 2 bucks a pen which is about the same as a decently priced micron. The ink seems to hold up well when used with watercolor or copic markers

So yeah, good on you Uni-Ball.

You can buy them here:…


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Favourite style of art: Comics

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rafiqm Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016

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EymBee Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Student General Artist
thanks for watching me,you have some great work
Ability-Normal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks? I'm a little confused about these links with no context attached.
Bengtzone Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
What do you mean?
They work just fine.
Ability-Normal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I mean, was there a reason for posting these?
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TheArtributor Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for becoming a member of --> :iconworld-of-capcom-club:
Over 5 years at dA!  Thanks for people like you who are making it possible. :iconthumbsupplz:
Just remember to respect our rules,  treat each member equally, and show support for Capcom.
Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work! I love your naturalistic sense of anatomy. Your line work has a nice Euro-comic vibe to it as well!
Ability-Normal Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I tend to pull from a lot of Euro artists, so you are pretty spot on. A lot of my favorite artists are either Euro artists that pull a lot from Japanese artists, or Japanese artists that pull a lot from Euro artists. I find both regional sensibilities mix well =D
Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, they definitely do. Moebius was especially influential to modern Manga styles. European comics are probably my biggest source of inspiration, there's such a great wealth of interesting and diverse styles and stories to pull from.
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