What do you use to fill in large black areas with ink?

Reader Question: What do you use to fill in large black areas? I use Pigma pens. Right now I use black Sharpies for the big areas. I feel there must be a better way.

To fill in large black areas, you have a few options. You are on the right track with using black Sharpies, but there are better art markers out there that you could try. This is the one I use:

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I use the big black one. These Faber-Castell Pitt big brush artist pens are high-quality pens that can be used for making fine art, because they are acid-free and fade-resistant. They actually contain the same India ink that are in the Pitt Artist Pens, but the brush-like nib of the Pitt Big Brush Artist Pen gets you better coverage. Even though these Big Brush Artist Pens look similar to markers, they won't bleed through paper and once applied, they are waterproof and smudgeproof.

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Copic Wide Markers are an excellent choice for filling in large areas with color. Copic Markers are renowned amongst comic and manga artists for their quality and coverage. With the Copic Wide Markers, you can fill in large areas with color, but also use the tip to create finer lines. Copic Sketch Markers are a good choice too.

The Copic Black Ink Pro Kit is a great set if you do a lot of work in black ink. This set contains everything you'd need to create black lines, thick and thin, and also to fill those large areas with black ink.

If you don't want to use markers to fill in large areas with black ink, you could also dip a brush in a bottle of ink, such as Daler-Rowney Pro Inks, which is also a good way to achieve quick coverage over a large area. If you brush on ink from a bottle though, you need to be careful to use thick, sturdy paper so that the ink does not bleed or warp the paper. Strathmore 500 Series Cold Press Illustration Board is a strong, high-quality paper made from 100% cotton (which means it is acid-free).