Here are some of the ink I have on hand at the moment. I know some of you may be familiar with some of them. pero this is ranked from cheapest to most expensive.
China Ink — very cheap PHP 15 for this bottle a big one is about 35. good for ink washes and light inking. NOT waterproof. Cannot be used with copics. Erases easily
Ideal Speedball Ink – PHP25.00 per bottle. that small bottle is the only size. runny. drying time = about a minute and a half (aka FOREVER) runny. not good with watercolor, not good with alcohol based markers. very opaque and glossy. might be good for calligraphy. lifts with some heavy erasing
Redstones Indian drawing ink – PHP30.00 per bottle. 30 ml. Opaque. drying time is about 20 – 30 seconds. (not bad) fluid. when truly dry (about an hour or so) can be used with watercolor. Not too good with copics. does not lift easily with erasing
rotring – PHP90.00 per bottle. opaque.drying time: about 30 -45 seconds (forever) not good with copics. alright with watercolor. lifts fairly easily with erasing
Parker Quink – PHP229.00 huge bottle. opaque. drying time less than 15 seconds. good with copics. good with watercolor. ** FAVORITE!!**does not lift easily with heavy erasing. smooth application.A little goes a long way! One dip of the nib can go long My only quirk about this it its blue-black not black-black but its dark enough and thin enough for details.
Deleter Black around PHP200.00 #3 drying time is 25 seconds. A little goes a long way! One dip of the brush can go long time. very opaque and matte. does not lift easily with erasing. Good with copics after drying. waterfast after truly dried.
Deleter black #6 around PHP200.00 drying time is 25-30 seconds not bad. very fluid. very opaque and matte. nice for application. does not lift easily after erasing. waterfast and copic friendly after truly dry.
Pilot ink – PHP 450.00LOVE this ink. fluid and slightly opaque. drying time is about 10 seconds. easily the clearest ink I use. need time to fully dry before being waterfast and copic friendly. Used by a lot of mangakas. Very nice also for washes.
Bought most of this from National Book Store and Artmedia Trading. Also from Joli’s behind UST. I hope more stores will start carrying ink. I know Deovir has some nifty acrylic ink that I want to try.
I will do a video of using them soon. Also babble while using them. I hope to do it as a part of the Pmangahub team blog launch >.> We do need a video editor so if you know someone who knows how to do it, let us know!!