Using the right pen transforms any rough sketch into a beautiful piece of artwork. Different pens should be used for different purposes, like detailing, outlining, rendering, etc. Knowledge about the medium of drawing is important for artists as they help in producing better work. The wide range of pens available in stores often confuses people’s buying choices. 

Hence, the following are ten pens every architect and designer must-have for convenient usage and rendering impactful sketches.

1. Arash Handmade Ballpoint Pen

It is a handmade pen with unique details. The pen has a curved pattern that provides a firm grip and an aesthetic look to the body of the pen. It has a ballpoint pen converter to allow switching between a pen and a pencil. The pencil can also be sharpened with the sharpener provided in the pusher of the pen. 

Also, various grades of a pencil can be used as the lead is expandable. It has a 5.6mm lead holder made from ebony. It is highly versatile and multi-use. It also omits the problem of rusting as it is made of wood.

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2. Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is the correct option for those who are looking for a budget-friendly fountain pen and are new to fountain pens. It has a wide range of options for its nib that are easily available in the market. Nibs for left-handers are also available in this type of pen. 

Cheap options for the accessories of the pen are available that are easy to maintain. Though the grip is not easy to hold, the pen provides a smooth finish and feels nice to hold.

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3. Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pen

The Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pen has a wide range of nibs according to its size. These pens allow architects and designers to draw details in their sketches. It has smooth flowing ink, and its grip is easy to hold. The pen is made with a smooth finish and is easily available in a general stationery store. 

The pen is highly affordable, and the user need not worry about refills as it is disposable. These pens are usually used by most artists, architects, and designers because of their varied range in nibs and easy use.

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4. 3.15mm Mechanical Pencil

The 3.15mm Mechanical Pencil offers a thick lead of 7B grade, which automatically shapes the lead into a triangular point while using it, delivering a neat sketch/ diagram. It has an aluminum and metallic finish, which is comfortable for the fingers to take a grip of. 

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5. V-Sign Pen- Fineliner Marker Pen

The V-Sign Pen has a liquid ink fine liner marker with a 0.6mm tip. It has a regulator for smooth ink flow. Also, the ink level is visible on the pen, and the user can keep a check if the ink is finishing up. Multiple channel irrigation ensures the smooth flow of the ink and prevents leakage. There are four colour options available in this brand. 

These pens are usually used for bold drawings because of their thickness and bright colour. The pen lasts long and is a budget-friendly option for most architects and designers

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6. Touch Cool Alcohol Markers Professional Art Set

These pens come in a wide range of colours and are useful for conceptual sketches or rendering drawings. They are double-ended bendable alcohol-based ink colours with fine and chisel tips. These markers are easily available in any store. These pens are thick in shape, and therefore, the grip is not so convenient. 

However, the smooth flow of the colour and the finished texture on the paper is commendable. These pens are disposable, and their nib is firm for longevity.

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7. Copic 1.0mm Multiliner Pen

Copic fine liners are great for drawing. As they are expensive, it would be wise to use them for sketches and drawings and not for rough notes. They are highly pigmented and provide bold strokes. It has a range of thicknesses, but the 1.0mm round nib is the best because it is not scratchy and holds well on paper with crisp and clean lines. It is best suitable for textured watercolour papers.

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8. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen was made for Japanese calligraphy. It has a soft and bristle tip that is pressure-sensitive. The pressure sensitivity of the pen allows artists to use it for their sketches in varied styles and create different strokes on paper. It is highly pigmented. Though beginners might find its usage difficult initially, it becomes addictive gradually.

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9. Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

The apple pencil is a device every artist would want to add to their kit. It is costly but is a long-term investment. It is only compatible with iPads. The pencil offers pixel-perfect precision along with pressure sensitivity and tilt. It is a smart alternative to paintbrushes and pencils. It is super convenient for making notes and sketches.

10. Staedtler 990 01 Digital Pen 

This is a smartpen that helps to transfer notes and sketches from papers directly to computers. It works with adaptive handwriting recognition software and can save up to 100 A4 sheets. It is compatible with regular paper without investing in any other writing pads. 

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Smriti considers Architecture to be an expression of art and is on the road of building many such expressions for the world to experience. She is passionate and motivated to explore the countless angles of architecture design and media. She stays positive and loves to travel.