I never thought I was good enough to use quality art supplies. My cheap old stuff was ok to get me by. My compass was really old and sometimes the pencil would slip around when I drew circles. I searched Amazon for a compass that could hold a sharpie marker but wasn’t going to cost me a lot. I chose one made by Maped. It was inexpensive metal and plastic but had decent reviews. I figured it would be better than what I had. But, I felt cheap because I was only ordering one small item so I looked at the markers. All the pictures I’ve seen of real artists all had nice Staedtler’s or something. Some of the one’s I saw were just too much for one marker let alone a set of five. The best seller on Amazon was a set of six Pigma Micron’s. That was my order. Less than $20 but I could have got a box of twelve ultra fine line Sharpies for less than that. I was really impressed by the compass, it has some weight to it and locks nice. The nut that holds the pen in is plastic which will probably be the first thing to go. It looks like a standard thread that can be replaced. The markers are really nice. I like that I can use them at an angle and keep the same line thickness. It feels like I have more control with these. The one thing I didn’t like and it’s the big drawback, they don’t dry fast enough. I’ve smeared the ink several times which never happened with a sharpie. For that reason I’ll probably not buy these again.
But I am doing things, just things that aren’t good enough to post yet. I’m experimenting.