The Pen and Ink Experience – Drawing Textures

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Drawing Textures with Pen and Ink

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"The Pen and Ink Experience" is designed to provide beginner and intermediate artists with a complete learning experience on drawing with pen and ink through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.

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Description: A look at creating the illusion of simulated textures using a variety of mark making techniques.

Suggested Materials: Micron pen - "03", Bristol paper (vellum surface)

Cube Worksheet

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The Pen and Ink Experience – Drawing Textures — 13 Comments

  1. Thanks for the videos. The cube worksheet didn’t print correctly. It was huge and the only cubes that printed were the light and shadow one and rocky cube. I made my own, but figured I should report it in case other people have the same problem.

    Thanks again for the great videos.

  2. Hi Matt,
    This module is very interesting and useful to me. I have always had a problem with the texture aspect of drawing things. I can draw them but they were always flat because I never could get a grasp on how to do the texture part of drawing. Thanks again for the awesome module.

  3. Thanks for the video, Matt. The video is awesome. As I’ve said not so long ago – you are pretty good tutor and I like your courses.

    But I have a couple of questions. Why didn’t you use the reflection at the bottom of the cubes’ core shadow to make the cube naturally reflect the light on it’s surface and to make more neat separation between the object and it’s cast shadow? And why didn’t you demonstrate that cast shadow has to have less value on it’s furthest edges? Or theese things are not valid for an ink art?

    Thank you very much and good luck.
    Eugene.

    • Hi Eugene,
      Thanks for your great questions! The surface texture greatly affects rather or not you’ll see a reflected highlight. With many flat surfaces, like a cube you may not see one at all. With heavily textured surfaces, you almost will never see one. It is true that often the outer edges of the cast shadow, as it extends out from the object, become a bit lighter. But this also depends on the strength of the light source. With very strong light sources, you may not notice a change at all. We also need to consider the application technique. Subtle changes in value are better recorded with ink wash or even stippling. For small drawings, like these, where cross hatching is used, a subtle change in value is more difficult to communicate and trying to include it may detract from the image. I hope this helps.

  4. Hi, Matt!
    Regarding the cube worksheet, when I opened it, it would only allow me to enlarge it. I couldn’t find a way to print it out.

  5. Hey Matt Just wanted to say that this lesson on textures was really helpful and I agree with Eugene that you are a pretty good teacher you take the time to talk through each step with patience control so that it makes it easy to follow along. I had to pause it a couple of times to keep up with you but that is the great thing about videos you can pause them when you need to.

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