DND Favorite Things: Tombow Fudenosuke. The reasons I love it and recommend it as THE brush marker newbies to learning Brush Calligraphy start with!
DND Favorite Things: Tombow Fudenosuke
Hello my creative friends. I’m starting a new series here on the Dawn Nicole Designs blog called “DND Favorite Things”. In these posts, I will dedicate the whole post to a single art supply or product I use and love. It’s a review of sorts and I hope it will be helpful to you when choosing art supplies and/or making wish lists.
I’m kicking off the series talking about one of my all time favorite pens: the Tombow Fudenosuke!
Why do I love the Tombow Fudenosuke? Let me count the ways…
The Tombow Fudenosuke is the number one brush pen I recommend to Brush Calligraphy newbies. The small brush nib is much easier to learn with than larger nib brush pens (including the Tombow Dual Tips). If you learn with the Fudenosuke First, the Dual Tips will be much easier to use than if you were to start with the Dual Tips.
A Few FAQs on the Tombow Fudenosuke:
How do I pronounce “Fudenosuke”?
First, as someone who pronounced it’s name incorrectly for a long time, I’ll share the correct pronunciation: “foo-den-OH-ski”. Many of us call it the “Fude” for short.
What options does it come in?
Which one should I start with?
If you’re new to the Fude, I always recommend buying the Hard + Soft Tip Combo pack so you can see which feels more natural to use. Most people gravitate toward one or the other when they’re first learning.
Does it come in colors?
No, that’s where the Dual Tips are great. They come in 96 colors.
Is it refillable?
It is non-refillable.
Which one is your personal favorite?
I use and love all three, but when I was learning to use pressure to control my upstrokes and downstrokes, I found the flexibility of the soft easiest. Now that I’m comfortable using pressure, I tend to reach for the Hard Tip more often. The Twin Tip has a black end and gray end and it’s nib flexibility feels more like the Soft Tip to me. My fellow marker addicts will get plenty of use from all three!
Which paper is best to use with the Fude?
I recommend the Rhodia Dot Pad. Not only is the paper silky smooth (which is gentle on your brush tips), the light gray dots help you keep your lines straight.
Where do I go from here?
- Check out my Hand Lettering 101 Page HERE.
- Join my Free Art + Lettering Facebook class HERE.
- Get free practice worksheets HERE.
- Check out my Brush Calligraphy Guide + Workbook HERE.
That’s it for DND Favorite Things: Tombow Fudenosuke. I hope you are looking forward to this new series. If there is an art supply or product you’d like me to test and review in detail, please let me know in the comments and I will add it to my list. 🙂