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Friday, January 9, 2015

Pilot Hi-Tec-C with Pentel Water Brush

Here's a quick video showing using gel pens with water. These Pilot pens are my absolute favorite gel type pens, and is magic when used with a water brush.

Example using Hi-Tec-C 03 with Pentel water brush
I'm using a Pilot Hi-Tec-C 03, they come in 0.25mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm, and 0.5mm. There are lots of them to choose from. 

You can also use a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto, which are the same pens, but in a multi-pen form. They also come in a variety of thicknesses, as welll as vast color options. I perfer the black, dark blue, and brown. The brown looks nice, but the wash turns it more of a red color, rather than brown. 

For the water brush, really any soft brush with water will do, but the Pentel Aquash Water Brush really makes it easy to carry around. I am using the Copic Sketchbook for the paper, they are thick enough to not wrinkle, and easy to work with for these gel pens and water. This combination makes it easy to just carry just one Hi-Tec-C pen, and one water brush, instead of using multiliners with lots of markers. It also has a bit more of a watercolor look than markers, which I really like as well.

There are so many Pilot Hi-Tec-C options, that it can be a bit confusion. Luckily Jetpens has them all, and has this great Comprehensive Guide. Their shipping is super fast, and their inventory is unmatched!

03 with water brush

04 dark blue with water brush

04 brown with water brush - turns more into a red.


  1. Thank you for the demo. Things have come a long way since Rapidograph days. The "water pen" is a brilliant idea. I wish I had patented that one. I envy talent and will stick to my scribbles with a Ticonderoga #2.

    1. I never liked gel pens before for sketching, because they smear. Then I started working digitally and stopped trying different pens, until now. Theses gel pens dry super fast and don't smear, and are crazy smooth and fine. But the water makes it magical.... really quick to give shading to sketches. I was never disciplined enough to use Rapidograph.... but I do still love pencil.