Pear and Ink

Today we’ll be doing a fun little study of a pear in pen and ink. Super simple materials and a nice straightforward process. You can either use the same reference as me (link below) or find your own.



  • Quill pen
  • Indian Ink
  • Water
  • Drawing paper
  • Paper towel for clean up


  • Begin by faintly sketching in the width and height of the pear.
  • Then use light, mostly short, strokes to fill out the outside of the pear and leaf before starting to use short, hatched strokes to create a tonal fill.
  • Shadows will need a greater build up of strokes.
  • Keep working this way until you have hatched in all the shadows and lightly added the halftones (don’t add too many halftones as it will get too dark).