A long time ago in a galaxy called the Internet I was stalking other artists to find the perfect pen when I saw the Monami 153 Cartoon ballpoint pens. I remember it was the green one I saw first and I liked the design so much that the quality didn’t even matter to me. But unfortunately those pens were nowhere to be found in the country where I live. After months of searching and watching timelapse videos with these pens on Instagram, I decided to reach out to the company that produces them, Monami Korea. They were so amazing and considerate that they sent me a whole parcel with samples to try out. So now I get to make a review!
Well that was a beautiful story. And with a happy ending too, because I am even more satisfied with the pens than I imagined I would be.
Please don’t think I’m going to sugarcoat this review because I got a bunch of things for free. It is my pleasure to write this first review of many to come and I will be 100% honest. Otherwise what’s the point?
So here’s a video of me sketching with Monami 153 Cartoon ballpoint pens. Because pictures and especially videos speak for themselves better than I do (especially since English is not my mother tongue).
This set includes 12 0.5mm oil-based ballpoint pens in 12 different colors. They are packed in a beautiful transparent bag with slider which you can carry anywhere. The best thing is that each pen has different tiny supercute illustrations. They are coordinated with cute color names (I wrote them on the photo on the right). I don’t know about you, but the design of the products I use is really important to me. I loved how it was done with care – it’s simply a joy to look at these pens. Another thing I liked is that they are also practical – easy to hold and control and carry with you.
What I like the most is you can use these pens in variety of ways (one example are the drawings I did which you can see below). You can write wit them or sketch with them. Personally, I think it’s really fun to use them instead of the usual black pen to make a layout of my drawing.
Let’s look at some pros and cons written in my handwriting which I hope you’ll be able to read, hehe.
A closer look at some pros:
0.5mm makes it really easy to sketch tiny details and when you apply pressure you can get bolder lines, so it’s really easy to use it almost as you would use a pencil.
I always draw first a sketch with a pencil so it’s important to me that I can draw over the pencil. Some pens can’t do that, but this one I have tried out and it works perfectly.
The only cons I could think of:
On the other hand, yes, it does bleed a little, but I always keep a tissue nearby to clean it. It’s not as bad as some other pencils I’ve used, so I don’t think this is going to be a huge problem. I’m looking for some tips on how to use pens that bleed, so feel free to comment if you have an answer!
The other thing I forgot to write is that the last two colors which should be neon aren’t that visible on the white paper.
Please let me know if you’ve tried these out, if you have some tips and if you have any questions at all!