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:


  • 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.