Pen or pencil when sketching?

5 years ago from , Product Designer @ SoundHound

Asking the important questions, I know.


  • Oykun YilmazOykun Yilmaz, 5 years ago

    whichever is closer

    24 points
  • Account deleted 5 years ago

    I use oil on huge canvas. My design is art.

    16 points
  • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, 5 years ago

    Pen, mainly because the idea is to run through a lot of quick concepts, not polishing one specific approach.

    5 points
  • iterati designiterati design, 5 years ago

    Always a pen.

    More contrast & smoother. Pencil could be useful if I was to edit, but it's a sketch. If I mess up and sketch needs to be informative, then a correction pen helps.

    4 points
  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 5 years ago

    blood on a stick

    2 points
  • Edgar Chaparro, 5 years ago

    whatever you have

    1 point
  • Noah C, 5 years ago

    Sharpie, because what you draw is permanent but the ideas are impermanent — very poetic.

    0 points
  • x xtian, 5 years ago

    Sketch or Drawing—Hey? I sketch with the Uniball 0.5 and Sharpie. Right now I’m drawing with Penstix and still grooving the Napkin Pen.

    0 points
  • Nic Goodman, 5 years ago

    I used to be fountain pen and paper but as of late, I've moved completely over to iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the app Concepts. It's pretty great drawing in vectors and then being able to take those sketches and start working with them directly in illustrator.

    0 points
  • James HaytonJames Hayton, 5 years ago

    only pencil

    0 points
  • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 5 years ago

    My teacher back in the days said. If you use a pen, a pen will force the direction of drawing more than a pencil does. With a pencil you can draw way more detailed and softer than a pen. Even a little touch of the pencil will draw something. With a pen you have to push a bit to let it draw so it will force you to draw in certain directions. And now it depends on what you wanna try to achive...

    0 points
  • Daniela Oliveira, 5 years ago

    sometimes I even do it on my Ipad, in an app called Paper. This way I have the sketch digitized

    0 points
  • Brandon ZellBrandon Zell, 5 years ago

    Pen. Currently the Zebra F-301.

    0 points
  • Dav ▩Dav ▩, 5 years ago

    PEN(TEL Tradio Stylo Sketch Pen)

    0 points
  • Account deleted 5 years ago

    Graphite stick! My latest discovery in a small stationery store.

    0 points
  • Susanna Yee, 5 years ago

    Pen usually if I want to hash out a quick sketch or small project, pencil if I'm working on a more complex, larger project that has many details or pieces to it.

    0 points