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The number one question I get asked the most is what kind of pens do i use & recommend. While the tools don't make the artist, I do have some suggestions for when you're deciding amongst the plethora of overwhelming pens out there.
If you're an aspiring lettering and calligraphy artist and you're just starting out, a finer tip brush is definitely the way to go. The more inflexible the brush, the more resistance there is between the pen and the paper which allows for better pen control.
Crayola Classic Broad Marker
Crayloa Markers are the best way to start your venture into calligraphy and one of my go-to instruments for when I'm practicing fundamentals or conceptualizing logotypes for clients. The broad edge and pointed tip allow for great contrasting strokes. There's just enough flex for thick-to-thin transitions. You can read more about Crayola calligraphy over at Crayligraphy.com
Ahhh, the Pip-Squeaks. Much like its older (and bigger) sibling—the Crayola Broad Line—the Pip-Squeaks create similar weight distributions, but with smaller proportions. The nib is a little firmer than the classic Crayola, but the barrel is shorter, making it a difficult to hold. If you are trying to acheive a smaller size and want that classic Crayola touch, the Pip-Squeaks are a perfect solution.
If you're comfortable with the majority of pens I mentioned above, or similar brushes that are smaller and overall firm, then you're probably ready to begin experimenting with slightly softer brushes. The following pens have tips I recommend and use quite frequently myself. Even if you are a beginner, it won't hurt to try a few of these softer pens so that you are able to feel the difference and compare the two different kinds of brushes.