Friday, March 25, 2011

How to Do a Pen and Ink Drawing!

Where to start? Well, you could start by purchasing just an ordinary black pen with a fibre tip. These are stocked in all stationers, art shops etc, they are very cheap, but they will do the job.

pentax k1000

They are so easy to carry colse to and will perform many dissimilar strokes. Depending, of course, on how much pressure you apply to the nib itself. As for branch choice to draw, probably something small to start with. Leaves are good for the detail, eggs, pebbles or stones from the garden or beach, even shells. Whatever like this would do nicely.


Now you need to originate a form and lay a texture. What do we mean by this? You can lay a few dots, lines, dashes, all with more or less pressure giving a rough outline. For example, with your marks close together it will appear darker in intensity. If you want it verily dark you can Cross Hatch.

What is Cross Hatching? This is when you draw a set of lines, then do another set of lines over them, going the other way. This will give you very dark areas. You can also collect a rounded consequent by production it darker on any dip of a curve of any sort and then lighter as it comes out of the curve itself.

How about adding a wash to your work! Pen and Wash, you will find, works well on quite a few types of paper. Pens are okay on plane or shiny outside paper. Washes look good on heavier grained papers.

So, now you have done your sketching with your pen, now for paints. Block watercolour paints are ideal diluted with water. Keep your wash thin, otherwise you may block the lines of your drawing. Remember the light will reflect from the white paper.

Some habitancy use water soluble pens for the former line drawing so it will seep into the wash. As for paints, if you use block paints, these will slot into your palette. This is sensible as you can all the time replace them. These palettes are ideal as you can also mix your paint on them, have them at your side, enabling you to work quickly.

Washes are not needed to be particularly accurate. When one colour runs into another, it can often add to the consequent and come to be an advantage. Mistakes with pen and ink are a bit of a problem. It does not work to put more layers of paint on, as the paint itself, you could say, is translucent.

You can sometimes amend your work with a grainy ink rubber, but do wait until your paint is dry. Do not be heavy handed or it will take away the outside and mess the ink and paint up. So remember, a light touch is needed with the rubber. Leave some white, unpainted, areas on your work to give a bit of contrast!

How to Do a Pen and Ink Drawing!