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.

For

  • Easy to use
  • Four inks to work with

Against

  • Waterproof ink drying time

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An electronic drawing pen? It sounds like a novel idea, but if you enjoy stippling and pen-and-ink work, the Dotspen (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) issue 02; buy it here (opens in new tab)!

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The Verdict
8

out of 10

Cuttlelola Dotspen

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

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.