FINE LINER ONLY ART – Trying Stabilo Pens

FINE LINER ONLY ART – Trying Stabilo Pens

When I saw this huge pack of colorful fineliners, I could not resist picking them up. They’re just so colorful and I’ve always been telling myself to use more colors in my line art But then I thought what if I created an illustration with fineliners only? But first my favorite part of any new art supplies: Swatching them and making a beautiful color chart. So let’s see what these guys can do! And for something a little different this time I thought it would be interesting to play around with the color of the paper, so I got some white brown and black paper. Let’s see how that black does. Okay. Confession. I for some reason thought these were gonna have more of a gel pen consistency so unfortunately, I’m going to have to retire the black paper.
⚰️ Which only makes me more excited to order a huge pack of gel pens and create an illustration, but for now, let’s continue swatching! [Music] So obviously the whitepaper works a lot better for these pens, but I do think the brown paper has its own Earthy charm to it. Obviously the colors are brighter and pop off of the white page, but I I kind of like the look at this. They’re dull. They’re- I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain it But I kind of like the brown paper even though it doesn’t work as well as the white. So I think I’m probably gonna stick with the white paper, but I think it would be fun to play around with our brown paper. [Music] I didn’t want to give up on the brown paper just yet So I thought it would be really cool to do a side-by-side comparison of the same exact illustration both on the white in the brown paper. I mean to be completely honest, There’s really not that much We’re going to learn from this experiment considering we did swatch the colors. But I feel like you don’t really get a good grasp on what you’re going to get into with an art supply just from the swatches. Sometimes your palate can really change things. Sometimes your techniques or just shapes and just the way things look, the vibe can really change. Who knows. Spoiler alert. No, it was really just the same as the swatches to be honest. It was just basically a dull version of the illustration on the white paper. I think if you were to use these pens on the brown paper for something like scrapbooking or Journaling or just literally any other craft making notes, letters, something cute, Or maybe if you have a darker illustration style, I think that would work just fine but for my style of art I think maybe the brown paper was just too dull which is kind of crazy because you guys know how much I love my earthy tones. I think that’s one of those things where these pens were just so bright and colorful that I wanted to embrace those colors and the vibrancy of the material. Similar to how Posca pens have such bold bright limited colors so I do like to embrace that when I draw with them, but when I work with, say, watercolors I do tend to go towards more earthy tones.
I have no idea. But it is just so interesting to see how materials can really change your art style and your tendencies to work with color. For example going into this illustration I already really wanted to exaggerate Hatch’s body and his circular head and stuff a lot differently and exaggerated where things are bigger compared to where things are smaller. If you don’t know who Hatch is, Hatch is my original character. It’s this blue bunny lemur stuffed animal creature. I tend to draw him a lot when it comes to testing things out so I can get familiar with the different art supplies. So so far comparing our two different illustrations one on the white paper and one on the brown paper I don’t hate the brown paper version is just next to the white paper version with how bright and colorful everything is, it’s just it’s hard to pick the brown paper version. But hey, it was really fun to compare two different illustrations with the same exact material But seeing how maybe the paper you’re using can affect your illustration. It’s probably a bit of an exaggerated example to use a completely different color like brown versus white But hey, it’s interesting to see the differences. I also thought it was funny by just recreating an illustration how differently each one turned out. To be honest It’s pretty dang close. There isn’t much of a difference between the two. Well, it seems like almost everything got larger and wider on the brown paper version whereas the white paper version is more what I was going for. Maybe something about not being able to see the pencil as well made me draw differently Or maybe I’m not a computer so I can’t draw the same exact thing twice exactly the same. It also didn’t take me too long when working with these pens to realize just how small the tips were and just how much of a mistake maybe this was. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot of fun working with these pens. I love the colors. They drew really well. It’s just the tip size. Super tiny. So already I knew that I had chose the right size of paper, 5in x 7in. I even thought “Should I work smaller next time?”
But also super not going to do a fully illustrated background because it was a pain enough to do a character with this tiny little point. I think my mind would go crazy if I wanted to fill this whole page in with color though the smaller details would probably fit a lot better with these pens because the tip is so small. Either way. It’s been a while since I’ve done a poll.
Here’s a poll in the corner of the video: Do you like the brown paper version more or do you like the white paper version more? And you know what? Also leave me a comment because I’m definitely going to forget I even put a poll on this video.
(She even forgot to add the poll at first.) I’m curious to hear about your opinions on the brown versus white paper. Which do you like more And why? Do you hate bright colors? Let’s hear it! So in conclusion, like I said, there is a certain charm to the brown paper, but overall the effects are just way more bright and colorful on the white paper and this is the brown paper. Let’s get a few more doodles in with our white paper and see what we can create with these liners! [Music] Next up, if you can’t tell by now, we are going to be drawing a dog and I can already hear the comments. Yes I draw a lot of dogs for someone who is a cat person. I just find dogs to be a lot more fun to exaggerate just because I feel like they have more shapes and more variety when it comes to dogs. They have snouts and tails unlike cats. So I know I said I wasn’t going to attempt any illustrations with the background because of how tedious, I guess, it was to fill in colors with these tiny pens. I don’t really consider this illustration a illustration with the background just because it is very simple and got that spotlight effect to it. But I did want to play around with an illustration that did have more color and wasn’t just a character on a white background. Instead we have a character on a blue background! I do really feel like these pens are so bold and colorful that they are well suited for something like character designs or portraits or simple characters on a white background Illustration. I think this doodle especially is the most successful out of the ones I make for this video. I absolutely love the effects, the colors, the way it turned out, the shapes. Maybe I just got lucky. I don’t know, but I really love this doodle. The colors are just so bright and bold and fun to play around with with these pens. I love limiting my color palette. It is something I love to do because it really helps you exaggerate shadows and experiment with color especially using that dark orange to shade something like a bright light yellow is so intense But it’s so satisfying. It’s just so colorful. And like I mentioned at the beginning of this video lining my illustrations with a colored line art instead of black is something that I’ve always wanted to push myself to do but I always either forget or I’m too scared. I always want to use colored pencils to line my watercolor illustrations but I always forget! So even though this illustration is already bright and different than my usual I was able to use a different color too find the illustrations. Yes. There was a black pen, but just like the Posca pens it just-
I didn’t feel like using black to line my art. I felt like using red to line orange or purple to line blue. It really made these illustrations so much more bright and colorful and lively and I just absolutely love that. It kind of looks like I used black for the dog’s nose and eyes but I didn’t. I actually used the brown which is really similar to black but it adds a little bit of red color to this illustration instead of using the black. And for the birds in the background, I used the dark blue. So it’s really small details like this that I think add to a colorful illustration and I just love experimenting with things like that. Am I ever going to go through a phase where I exclusively use these pens to make illustrations? With the amount of time it took to color these in probably not but it’s really fun just to experiment and see maybe what parts of these illustrations I want to continue incorporating into my other illustrations like with watercolor. Also I had to draw something with grass because they gave us so many greens in this pack!
🤩 Blue and green is probably my favorite color and they gave us six shades of blue and six shades of green and they are all beautiful and I love them. Anyways, there is our doggy doodle! [Music] For our final doodle I wanted to see how these pens worked when creating a human character. There was only one lighter skin color and I was really curious about how well that would translate into an illustration. I still haven’t quite figured out how to create human characters especially with lighter skin when working with brighter more abstract colors. So this was definitely an experiment. As for who I am drawing after I created that Sock Kasey human version in the #ToonMe video, I have been wanting to draw her more and more. So this is a Sock Kasey illustration. If you don’t know who Sock Kasey is… That’s so sad. So this is definitely the least colorful doodle in this video. I think it was just a combination of Going with the normal skin color and hair color and also her outfit is brown. So there’s just not a lot of bright colors happening but I still kind of like the way it turned out. It’s really silly and bold and I like it. So the main thing you can see here is I definitely wanted to play around with the texture of her fur coat. Yes, that is a fur coat even though it just looks like her pubes are wrapped around her entire body. It’s kind of hilarious to even think that so, you know what? If you want to imagine her pubes wrapping around her entire body then fine. It’s her pubes wrapped around her entire body. But for the sake of monetization I’m going to say that is a fur coat because technically it is a fur coat. So I really wanted to play around with texture because if you couldn’t tell through all these doodles when I fill in a block of color with these pens you can definitely see almost every stroke. I tried a couple of techniques when filling in blocks of color with these fine liners like doing one stroke or lots of little strokes, but it doesn’t matter what I did You could always see the strokes. Which I’m not mad about they are just fine liners and not meant to be filling in large spaces with. I think it does add a cute texture to these little doodles and sometimes it’s nice to see that you used a different material. But for this illustration, I thought it would be really interesting to embrace that texture So I just went crazy with all the little swirls for her jacket and for awhile I did leave it with a lot of white space I thought it was interesting that you could see the texture of the pen but when I finished the illustration I was looking at the coat texture and I just thought it was a little empty and I didn’t like it. So I went back and filled in a lot of the white areas with more scribbles for the coat and there’s still a lot of texture to be seen so I really enjoy it. I just I needed to refine the texture a little bit. I think. So for the color of her skin I used the apricot. It’s not the best. It’s a little dark though I did really enjoy shading with purple. So I’m not really sure if I would use these for a lot of human characters in the future.
If I did I would probably use some crazy colors like red and blue or green. Really go crazy with the color palette. And when it came to the background for this illustration I really just wasn’t sure what to do. So I played around with colorful shapes over lapping and I think it looks really neat though It’s not the best background for a character. I think maybe I should have went with a bigger blue circle in the background and had a variety of smaller shapes around it. But that is what I ended up with for our Sock Kasey doodle and that is it for our final fineliner doodle! [Music] Thank you guys so much for watching this video. I hope you enjoyed this fineliner only challenge and I’ll see you in the next one! Stay Golden! But before I go, you know, I have to say thank you to my amazing patrons for all their support. You guys are amazing as usual. Do you want early access to my videos, secret sketches and coloring pages? Check out the link to my patreon in the description! Thank you guys so much for the support. Bye! [Music]

100 thoughts on “FINE LINER ONLY ART – Trying Stabilo Pens

  1. I think the white works better for an illustration but the brown would be cute for a gift card or packaging kind of thing

  2. it kinda look better in the brown paper, idk why-

  3. You are just awesome in painting 😘😘

  4. 草ァ

  5. Brown paper! Now I have to tryout Gray paper! 💜😁

  6. I prefer the colour tones on the brown

  7. I like the white paper because it's a lot more vibrant

  8. The brown paper gives it more of a warm, fuzzy, and friendly feel to the first drawing in my opinion.

  9. do a brown paper artwork with milky pens like posca and gel pens. That will be fun to watch

  10. Litteraly every German student has at least 3 of them lmao

    (by the way, there are thicker versions of these)

  11. There are stabilo markers you know?

  12. I like the aesthetic of the brown paper. It’s just gives me a weird nostalgia feeling that I can’t explain lol. The way the colors turned out on it just reminds me of something I’ve seen before😂 anyway I loved this video 🙂

  13. The colors on the brown paper looks gruesome to me

  14. I hate these pens so much and from what I've heard your drawings done with these basically disappear into thin air after a couple of years. But I guess that's a way to get "new" paper.

  15. Have the art on the Brown paper seems to make the effect that the fine liners made kinda pop more. It kinda does look like a stuffed animal because of the texture that it gave off. And Amazing art!

  16. I loved this! All of the art was super cute and fun. Fun fact – Batman: The Animated Series was drawn on black paper. 🙂

  17. Well, I was gonna leave my opinion on the white vs brown, but the truth is, I dont like those pens for a full on illustration because of the streakiness. I´m an Architecture student and I love them to make line ilustrations as sketches or to give a pop of color in a b&w drawing. They're awesome for journaling too.

  18. I think the brown paper makes it look very vintage which is a good thing if that's your style. I just love vintage stuff. I also like the white paper version but there was no both in the poll.

  19. Watching this video pains me as an art student lmao, Kasey whyyy 💀 still love ur work but fine liner pens are super duper not useful when filling in large areas. 🤖 Legit gonna lowkey cry, all that ink…

  20. OK, this might be just me, but is anyone else get OCD(I guess?) from the dog doodle because of tongue coming out of the upper half of the mouth? IDK, that part just bugs me, I like the rest of the drawing though!

  21. I’m surprised you have a lot of patience in filling in that big areas with fine liners…

  22. I like dull colors more and the brown colored paper gave the drawing a pencil drawing kind of charm

    (sorry, my english isn't the best)
    Keep the good work up Kasey. And don't overwork yourself 😀

  23. I have the black and purple one too

  24. On the brown paper the colors look more calmly that's why I like it more. By ote paper colors are just popping out 😅

  25. Now imagine your school forcing you to draw a realistic animal with lots of fur with just these fineliners, oh boi… I got it by the sixth try without fucking up and I basically chose an 'almost no lines, but visible its an animals nonetheless' approach, which we weren't supposed to do, since we were drawing fur… But the teacher still liked it and I told her to keep the pic, so I assume its gonna be a good grade heh heh heh…

  26. I love those pens

  27. I loved both. But as I already know how the colors of these pens stand in the white paper, seeing them in the brown one was a good surprise.

  28. I love how the brown paper swatches more than the white

  29. Sorry, but for my opinion, you talk too much

  30. The same pens exist with larger lips

  31. hatches nose reminds me of the dog from blues clues

  32. Kasey, buddy, friend, pal, old chap, there are thicker stabilo markers. (at least in the olden times they had a line of "normal" marker thick stabilos)
    This hurted me but also I kind of liked this because it reminded me of when I used to doodle in my school books with these bastard pens.

  33. Kasey, you saved me from buying those wacky watercolor crayons. I saw them at Target and I remembered your video.

  34. These were my favourite pens when I was in high school!! 😂

  35. Hello
    I draw and write with 5 fingers
    Everbody in ma school jokes about it
    Can u do a video(challenge) drawing with 5 fingers

  36. I have those same fine liners, and boy did it take long to fill it in. XD

  37. You can get the exact same colours with different tips. Felt tips, brush tips und even thiner tips than these. The stabilos pen 68 metallic are realy cool and would work on the black paper.

  38. White

  39. I like dark themed art, but the brown paper just seemed to muddy the colours in my opinion. A white pen would look great on it, but other colours just seem dirty.

  40. The brown paper tends to hide/ complement the streaky-ness of the markers

  41. Me, an adult child, laughing every time she said- nvm

  42. I préfère the white paper because it’s so Mutch color full but the brown paper is interesting 😄😁

  43. Ummm white

  44. Привет

  45. I like the brown paper one better…

  46. honestly, I like both. The white looks cleaner in linework but its too bright for me so i like the brown for the duller lighting. Looks great overall ❤❤❤

  47. I think the brown paper gives it an antique, or retro , feel.

  48. The brown paper has more of like a 80’ vibe 😀 that’s why I love it more.

  49. There are different sized pens for coloring from stabilo…

  50. Here in Germany every student has these.

  51. I actually draw w/ these

  52. white hurts my eyes i like brown bc its easier to look at

  53. Chameleon makes blending fineliners now

  54. WHITE

  55. I like both.

  56. "And now my favourite part of any new art supply…"
    Bon Appetit fans: "Reading the ingredients?"

  57. You've never used stabilo before..?

  58. I feel there was a missed opportunity to give her some type of sock related outfit or a clean pair of tube socks.

  59. I really enjoy the white paper but I just feel the brown paper would've been super cute if you took a gel pen or something to add glowing lights or lightning bugs around hatch <3

  60. these pens also come with a very juicy thick tip! they have the same ink as the thin ones so you can perfectly combine them.
    i use the thin pens for writing, i especially love them for writing in japanese

  61. Super tiny!

  62. I have thoseeeee

  63. I think the brown appear would work for a kiddie scout lunchbox type character. (If that makes any sense. XP)

  64. you can try the metallic stabilo for black paper, it may be an idea for a next video 🙂

  65. I’ve used these for many years. But I agree that they’re not intended for this. But they are awesome for note taking, sketching ideas (I use them for both electronics schematics and user interface sketches), etc.

  66. Why colour such big areas with fine liner? Doesn't make sense economically or visually.

  67. Honestly I love the brown paper and I think for the post part it matches your art style a lot better… that being said, I think this illustration in general was brought to life with the white paper. Something about how vibrant the colors were really added to the overall product. I think with these pens small detailing looks a lot better- not so much for backgrounds or large sections. Also, in my opinion you can never draw too many dogs 😅

  68. you spent all that time talking about how you tailor your art style to the medium (i.e., Posca pens) and then you create a test piece that doesn't take advantage of the fineliners at all. I'd like to see you try this "fineliner only" challenge again but … better

  69. am i the only who thinks speed up drawing are really satisfying?

  70. 💜💜

  71. White because brighter colours

  72. I LOVE using the stabilo pens, I like to outline evetything so I can completely erase the pencil 🙂 But coloring in WHOLE areas is something I never thought of doing with them 😂

  73. Wha else at first thought that the olive green said Olive Garden

  74. I used to have this but then i just scribbled them roughly and threw it awaay🙊

  75. Brown decades I like darker

  76. Omg i use stabilo!

  77. Hi do you sell art..? Id totally buy it! Please let me know of theres anywhere i can buy your ART

  78. You know there is stabilo coloring pens right?

  79. I prefer the brown paper more because I’m not a person for bright colors

  80. I’m amazed that those fine liners didn’t run out of ink filling in all those large areas, I don’t think it was the best application for using them. You might as well have used a regular ink marker. What I think would have been better would have been to do something in pointillism, that would have really shown off the benefit of the fine point. The brown paper was just ok, I think if you wanted a weathered or distressed looking piece, maybe if it were for an ancient looking piece, then the brown would be cool. Also on the brown paper, just like the black, an opaque ink or paint marker would be a better fit. If you did an illustration that had minute details like a fine mosaic look it would have been a good use of the fine liners as well. I can see where they could be beneficial. Actually it looked like a big fart instead of a fur coat.

  81. I like the brown paper, it's more subdued, I feel like a western themed character or scene would look cool on it, the sepia color is neat!

  82. I did an A3 drawing with fine liners for my graphics assignment. It took hours. I did a portrait and stipple is a very good technique for these. – Woodkid liked it on Instagram. So I hope that shows that I’m a least okay with them lol

  83. Brown look more Real

  84. I'm just amazed that Kasey's somehow managed to avoid ever touching a stabilo fineline until now 😂

  85. These are incredibly popular with students in Germany. We use them for notes etc. There is a felt tip version of these and they are quite good for drawing since the colors are super vibrant. I like to use both fine liners and felt tip markers for my bullet journal, notes and tiny drawings.

  86. i like The White one cause it looks more crisp and modern

  87. Nice and informative video

  88. A note for everyone:
    The stabilo are meant for writing and not for drawing, the ink will fade in ~2 years, even faster when exposed to sunlight.

  89. I like more the brown one because i think it's lookin more warm.

  90. I like the brown paper it gives a cozy drawing feeling, I personally don't like really bright drawings. ;-;

  91. I love the brown paper version idk why

  92. А мне говорили:"учи английский."
    А я все не хотел

  93. .

  94. I love dog to

  95. Watching this wondering where do I find these marker's I love color's in whatever I do only black and white if I'm drawing up a dream storm are Doodles are side comics I love color's so much

  96. I like the brown version more

  97. Guess I’m sad….

  98. That is a lot of wasted ink

  99. The brown paper looks vintage and awesome! I just image drawing some old Mickey Mouse or Looney Tunes inspired art on it

  100. I like Brown

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