Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Adding Outlines

This is a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session we will be using a fine dip pen to outline the forms that we established with the brush in the first two sessions.

You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg

Materials

  • Watercolour paper
  • Small soft round brush
  • Indian ink
  • Water pot
  • Pencil
  • You will need to dilute the Indian ink with a bit of water. This will stop it from being too glossy when you lay it down.
  • Your aim is to outline the entire drawing using the dip pen.
  • This includes the outside edges as well as some emphasis on the edges of the shadows within the forms.
  • You can also look out for places where forms overlap or edges travel into shadows.
  • It’s a pretty simple stage, but it will help give us a very clear and well structured basis for adding more detail with the brush in the remaining sessions.

Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Layering in the Shadows

This is the first part of a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session I will show you how to use gradual washes of diluted ink to develop more complex tonal relationships in the shadows.

You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg

Materials

  • Watercolour paper
  • Small soft round brush
  • Indian ink
  • Water pot
  • Pencil

Process

  • You will need to use very diluted washes of ink in this session – make sure you’re not dipping into pure indian ink!
  • If you use more diluted washes, you will have a lot more control over the values as you build them.
  • Begin by darkening the parts of the shadows that are definitively dark.
  • You don’t need to go completely dark just yet, instead, try to find more detail as you wash over the darker tones.
  • Work around the whole subject so as to avoid over-saturating the surface.
  • Once a section is dry, you can return to it and apply further washes.

Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Getting Started

This is the first part of a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. This lesson will show you how to establish the drawing using light washes of diluted ink.

You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg

Materials

  • Watercolour paper
  • Small soft round brush
  • Indian ink
  • Water pot
  • Pencil

Process

  • Begin by lightly sketching in the approximate shapes of the lily using pencil.
  • Don’t press too hard as we will be erasing the pencil later.
  • You should also find any definite dark or shadow shapes as well – to make sure that you don’t put any ink where we will be leaving the petals white.
  • Then use the ink diluted with a lot of water to wash in the dark shapes from your pencil sketch.
  • You will probably find that you mostly need water rather than any ink as it is very strong.
  • Try to elaborate on the pencil sketch but keep the dark shapes fairly flat for now.
  • Finally use less diluted ink to crisply outline the shadow shapes.
  • This will create a very solid basis to work from next week as we begin to render in more detail with the brush.

Pumpkin Wash in Ink!

In this lesson I’ll be showing you how to make an ink wash sketch of a pumpkin (perfect for this time of year!).

Materials:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolour paper
  • Indian ink
  • Several small watercolour brushes
  • Water pot
  • Paper towel for cleaning

Process:

  • Start with a very simple pencil sketch as a guide for your ink painting.
  • Find the overall proportions and the shadow shapes (the parts of the object that don’t receive direct light).
  • You don’t need to fill this in – as soon as the line sketch is finished you can start painting!
  • Use ink diluted with water to make the tone lighter and wash this middle tone over the shadow of the pumpkin.
  • The use less diluted ink to lay in the darker tones (background, ground shadow etc.).
  • You can also do other washes of midtones (such as the ground plane in light).
  • Then you can keep developing the form by applying gradually washes of darker tones over the halftones.
  • Try to keep some of the pumpkin completely light (these are the highlights).