I’ve been on the quest for the “perfect” drawing pens for quite some time. I initially went for bristle brush pens (like this Kuretake) and then moved on to felt brush pens since I wanted variety of line but a bit stiffer point for smaller detail work. At one point over the course of the summer I started drawing with this Pilot Varsity fountain pen. Although I loved the feel of the pen, I was devastated when I discovered that the ink wasn’t waterproof. So, many pens later (thank God pens are relatively cheap!) I discovered and fell in love with two different Fude nib fountain pens. Suffice to say that the Sailor Fude Nib Fountain Pen and the Duke 209 Fude Nib Fountain pen are now my favorite fountain pens for drawing.

Take a look at my favorite fountain pens for drawing in action below:

Freehand Ink Illustration with Sailor Fude Nib Fountain Pen
Freehand Ink Drawing with Duke 209 Fude Nib Fountain Pen

I did the two illustrations above as part of my own personal Inktober 2019 challenge. As I mentioned here, I’m “upping the ante” for myself this month by drawing each day’s challenge freehand in ink.

Taking it a step further…

I’m also watercoloring my little Inktober drawings. The process of adding color is my own way of experimenting with color combinations and seeing what works.

Inktober Illustration created with my favorite fountain pens for drawing - Duke 209 and the Sailor Fude Nib Fountain Pens

And here’s some more food for thought…

With any new medium, the full power is only unearthed with experimentation.

Sebastian Thrun


  1. Denise Pellegrino says:

    Fascinating Miranda❗️… Thoroughly enjoyed showing us your techniques ❗️ 🥰

  2. Denise Pellegrino says:

    Sorry Joana for calling you by your last name… My niece’s name is Miranda❗️ Lol

    • Joana says:

      Hi Denise,

      No problem at all! I get called Miranda from time to time. Many people in the US know it as a first name. (In my native Portugal it’s a very common last name.) I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the ink drawings! More are on the way…

      🙂 Joana

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