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Cuttlelola Dotspen

Review: There's no denying this pen is a clever device, but is it as dotty as it sounds?

Our Verdict

A great time-saving device if you're partial to a stipple.


  • Easy to use
  • Four inks to work with


  • Waterproof ink drying time

An electronic drawing pen? It sounds like a novel idea, but if you enjoy stippling and pen-and-ink work, the Dotspen is a great timesaver. 

There are four waterproof inks to choose from – black, blue, pink and yellow – but allow them to dry thoroughly before applying coloured washes over the top.

The nib itself moves up and down rapidly creating a series of dots rather than a solid line. It's worth having a play to see how moving the pen at different speeds across the surface affects the dots. A long, quick sweep will produce light, widely spaced dots, whereas a slower movement, held slightly closer to the paper, will produce denser dots that look almost solid. 

There is great fun to be had with this electronic pen, but illustrators and graphic artists will, in particular, find the timesaving aspect to be of great value.

This article originally appeared in Paint & Draw issue 02; buy it here!

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The Verdict

out of 10

Cuttlelola Dotspen

A great time-saving device if you're partial to a stipple.

Tom May
Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in art, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.