The Pen and Ink Experience – Portrait Drawing

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Pen and Ink Portrait Drawing

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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.


Description: A look at portrait drawing with pen and ink. Cross hatching and the use of cross contour lines play a vital role in communicating the value range and the form of the subject.

Suggested Materials: Dip or nib pens, Carbon Black liquid ink, soft graphite pencil, hard graphite pencil, kneaded eraser

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Next Module: Ink Wash


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The Pen and Ink Experience – Portrait Drawing — 5 Comments

  1. That’s incredible. Quick question, if I use a Micron pen (or something similar) instead of the nib pen would I want to switch between sizes as I drew in the cross hatching lines?

  2. Brandy, You could do that, but I achieve much variation WITHIN a few, especially contour, lines (as opposed to two sets of lines with different sizes) by using a nib pen(s), rather than micron pens. I just find this presentation much more interesting.

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