What Kind of Pens for Drawing Caricatures?

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The type of pen an artist chooses can impact the line weight and overall style of a piece, which is especially true for caricature. A successful caricature relies heavily on solid, smooth lines and a flexible style. Several art supplies will make this style easier, including brush pens and various sized markers.

Brush Pens

A type of pen often relied on for caricature drawings is a brush pen. These pens combine the ease of application of a marker with the flexibility of a paintbrush. These characteristics allow for the varied lines often featured in caricatures, as well as even application of colour for quick drawing.


Permanent markers are another important tool for drawing caricatures, as dark, thick lines are integral to the caricature style. Permanent markers with a bullet or chisel tip are effective to create thick lines, while fine tip or extra fine tip markers are good to add small details. Permanent markers are available in a variety of shaft thicknesses, which can impact comfort when drawing.

Double Ended Markers

Double ended markers are a good solution for caricature artists who prefer both the thick and fine tip permanent markers. Artists can find a variety of thickness combinations in these markers, which can reduce the total amount of art supplies needed. This also helps to keep the workspace clear. This can be particularly valuable for caricature artists who work in public spaces and have a limited space.

Double Ended Brush Pens

Double ended brush pens are convenient in a similar way to double ended markers, yet double ended brush pens also tend to be firmer the finer the tip. Having a few different fine tip sizes in addition to your larger brush pens will increase the types of lines you can create.

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