Which Wacom Pen do you use?

If you are a traditional artist used to working with a number of different tools the Wacom Cintiq Display might just be for you. They have an assortment of different pens each designed to mimic a traditional instrument. I use some more than others but they are all part of the arsenal of tools I use daily. Having a Wacom Cintiq has changed my entire workflow. From illustrations, to design and photo editing, I do almost all of it with the Cintiq Display.

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Grip Pen
The Grip Pen is the standard pen that comes with both Wacom Cintiq and Intuos Tablet. It features 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, an eraser, and a selection of nibs for customizing the feel of your pen to your taste. This is still my go-to pen for most of my tasks. It’s comfortable and the cushioned barrel makes it easy to work with for hours.

Classic Pen
The Classic Pen is my second most used pen it’s has all the same features of the Grip Pen without the cushiony padding. It has the feel of the Micron pens I like to use.

Airbrush Pen
I’ve airbrushed for over twenty years and aside from the clean up I still enjoy working in the medium. Using the Wacom Airbrush is a lot like my faithful Iwata airbrush but for me it has a couple of drawbacks. The Wacom airbrush is super light. It weighs about as much as a pencil which, to me, makes it feel more like a toy. The second drawback (and the biggest for me) is the wheel. After years of using a Dual-Action trigger I’ve become accustomed to controlling both air and paint flow through two independent actions: push down for air, pull the trigger back for paint. With the digital airbrush it doesn’t give you the same type of control. On the plus side, if you want to take the time to set it up properly, Wacom has done an amazing job allowing you to configure the airbrush in Adobe Photoshop to work just like a traditional dual-action airbrush.

6D Art Pen
Most of the pens have the same features. The 6D Art Pen however doesn’t have the eraser and control buttons. This slows down my efficiency. I like not having the keyboard in the way when I’m working on an illustration so I’ve programmed the buttons on the other pens to do specific tasks in whatever program I’m working in. For example, in Photoshop I toggle up and the brush gets larger; down and the brush gets smaller.


I love the feel of this pen and for some things it’s great, but it is the one I use least in the set.

All the pens are great and Wacom has made my creative life easier and much more enjoyable. I can paint without using nasty chemicals and no cleanup. Photo editing is quick and painless. Each one of them has helped me become a better artist in one-way or another.

Would I purchase them again?
With the exception of the 6D Art Pen I would say yes. I just haven’t used it enough to justify its cost.

Do you have a Cintiq Display or a Intuos Tablet, which pen do you use?

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