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A Bit About Ink

All of the tutorials on this page involve the use of inks.  Ink can be applied to a surface through a pen or by brush.  Ink has been a reliable medium for many illustrators because of its permanence, versatility and its ability to be reproduced accurately.

Inks come in a variety of colors and can be applied to a variety of surfaces. 

Mostly inks are applied to smooth surfaced papers, but watercolor paper is also an acceptable surface.  Inks can be applied to dried watercolor paintings and are often used in conjunction other mediums.  

Take a look at the tutorials below to improve your ink drawing techniques.

PEN AND INK TECHNIQUES


Pen and Ink LessonBasic Pen and Ink Techniques
Learn the basics of pen and ink drawing techniques in this tutorial.
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Pen and Ink TexturesPen and Ink Textures - Full Length Video (1:00:07)
Learn basic pen and ink techniques and create textures using various applications in this recorded Live Lesson.
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The Pen and Ink Experience - Intorduction and MaterialsThe Pen and Ink Experience - Introduction and Materials
An introduction to "The Pen and Ink Experience" video course including materials and mark-making comparisons.
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The Pen and Ink Experience - Line and ValueThe Pen and Ink Experience - Line and Value
How to use line to create the illusion of form and light in a drawing and a look at the most commonly used methods for adding shading to a pen and ink drawing.
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Drawing Textures with Pen and InkThe Pen and Ink Experience - Drawing Textures
A look at creating the illusion of simulated textures using a variety of mark making techniques.
Ink wash Techniques- Painting LessonsInk Wash Techniques
Learn ink wash techniques in this free drawing lesson.
Line Quality Drawing LessonLine Quality and Cross Contour Lines
Learn how to use line to it's full potential in this free drawing lesson.
Free Drawing Lessons- Hatching and Cross HatchingHatching and Cross Hatching
Learn how to draw with hatching and cross hatching in this free drawing lesson video.
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The Secrets to Drawing Basic Drawing TechniquesThe Secrets to Drawing- Basic Drawing Techniques
Learn various drawing techniques including application techniques for pen and ink drawing.
Free Drawing Lessons- Non Traditional ToolsNon Traditional Drawing Tools
Learn how to create drawings with non traditional drawing tools like sticks and stones in this drawing lesson video.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


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Pen and Ink PortraitThe Pen and Ink Experience - Portrait Drawing
A look at portrait drawing with pen and ink. Cross contour lines play a vital role in communicating the value range and the form of the subject.
Free Drawing Lessons-Ball Point PenBall Point Pen Drawing
Learn how a ball point pen can be used to create drawings in this drawing demonstration.
How to draw an eye with pen and inkHow to Draw an Eye - Pen and Ink
Learn how to draw an eye in pen and ink in this drawing tutorial.
Watercolor-and-Pen-and-InkWatercolor and Pen and Ink Sketch
Learn how to combine Watercolor and Pen and ink to create loose sketches in this video drawing lesson
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Ink Wash Live LessonInk Wash Portrait - Full Length Video (1:03:53)
Learn how to transfer an image to create an accurate ink wash in this recorded Live Lesson.

LANDSCAPE


Creativity exercise with ink washCreativity Exercise with Ink Wash
Enhance your creativity with this ink wash exercise.
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Pen and Ink LandscapeThe Pen and Ink Experience - Landscape Drawing
A look at combining textures and values to create a landscape drawing with pen and ink.
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The Secrets to Drawing InkThe Secrets to Drawing- Ink
Learn the basics of drawing with pen and ink and ink wash.
Pen and Ink Watercolor Painting TutorialWatercolor and Pen and Ink
Excerpts from the 2 hour watercolor and pen and ink tutorial.
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Pen and Ink Watercolor Painting TutorialWatercolor and Pen and Ink Full Length Videos (2:08:30)
Learn how to layer pen and ink over watercolor in this two part video series.
Artistic Crayon EtchingArtistic Approach to Crayon Etching
Time lapse of an artistic approach to crayon etching.
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Artistic Crayon EtchingArtistic Approach to Crayon Etching - Full Length Video (1:12:06)
Learn how to create your own scratchboard and approach the medium in an artistic way in this full length video.
Pen and ink drawing tutorialPen and Ink Landscape Drawing Tutorial
Learn how create texture with line in this drawing tutorial that features excerpts of a 1 hour lesson.
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Pen and ink drawing tutorialPen and Ink Landscape Drawing Tutorial -Full Length Video (1:15:25)
Learn how to use pen and ink to create the illusion of realistic textures in a pen and ink drawing in this full length video.

ANIMALS


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Scratchboard CatScratchboard Lesson Series - Cat
Learn how to use scratchboard (scrapeboard) to create a representational image of a cat (4 lessons).
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Mixing methods of ink wash and pen and inkThe Pen and Ink Experience - Mixing Methods
A look at mixing application techniques (ink wash and pen) to create a looser, more expressive image.
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Pen and Ink Drawing of an Eagle Part 1Pen and Ink Eagle - Full Length VideoS (2 Hours)
A two part series on drawing an eagle with pen and ink. Micron pens are used.
Free Drawing Lessons- Crayon EtchingCrayon Etching
Learn the process of crayon etching in this free drawing lesson video.

STILL LIFE


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Ink WashThe Pen and Ink Experience - Ink Wash
A look at applying ink wash using multiple layered applications to build up value and the illusion of form.
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Watercolor and Pen and Ink - Full Length Videos (2 Hours)
A two part series on combining watercolor and pen and ink. Recorded Live Lessons.
Ink Wash Still LifeInk Wash Still Life - Excerpts
Learn how to use ink wash to create a still life painting in this tutorial that features excerpts of a 1 hour Live Lesson.
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Ink Wash Still LifeInk Wash Still Life - Full Length Video (58:18)
Watch the process of creating an ink wash still life from start to finish in this full length video.

PEN AND INK COURSE


Pen and ink Drawing CoursePen and Ink Course Images

“The Pen and Ink Experience” is a members only video course on drawing with ink.  Featuring over 2 hours of video instruction and 51 pages of eBooks, the goal of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive experience with pen and ink. Designed for beginners, this course lays the foundation necessary for success with pen and ink. HD videos and Ebooks. (8 Modules)

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