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Pen and Ink Drawing Lessons

A collection of tutorials on drawing and painting with ink.
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The Pen and Ink Experience
An exploration in ink.

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8 Lessons | 2 Hours | 7 Ebooks

PEN AND INK TECHNIQUES


Basic pen and ink techniques
Learn the basics of pen and ink drawing techniques in this tutorial.
Textures with pen and ink - lesson series
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Learn basic pen and ink techniques and create textures using various applications in this recorded Live Lesson.
The Pen and Ink Experience - Intorduction and Materials
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An introduction to "The Pen and Ink Experience" video course including materials and mark-making comparisons.
The Pen and Ink Experience Course- Line and Value
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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.
Drawing Textures with Pen and Ink
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A look at creating the illusion of simulated textures using a variety of mark making techniques.
25 Days to Better Drawings - Line Quality
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Learn how to use variety in line to create the illusion of form and light through line quality.
Shading with Line
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Learn how to apply the concept of cross contour lines to shading using hatching and cross hatching.
Ink wash Techniques- Ink Lesson
Learn ink wash techniques in this free drawing lesson.
Line Quality Ink Drawing Lesson
Learn how to use line to it's full potential in this free drawing lesson.
Ink Drawing Lesson - Hatching and Cross Hatching
Learn how to draw with hatching and cross hatching in this free drawing lesson video.
Basic drawing techniques
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Basic drawing techniques including blending, hatching and cross hatching, rendering, and more.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Pen and Ink Portrait lesson
Learn how to draw a portrait with pen and ink.
Mixed media portrait lesson
Combine watercolor and pen and ink to create an expressive mixed media portrait.
How to draw with markers - skull
Learn how to draw with professional markers in this lesson that features a drawing of a colorful skull.
Pen and Ink Portrait Lesson
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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.
Ink wash portrait lesson
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Learn how to transfer an image to create an accurate ink wash in this recorded Live Lesson.

LANDSCAPE


Line and wash lighthouse lesson
Combine pen and ink with watercolor applications to develop a landscape that features a lighthouse. 
Line and wash landscape lesson
Learn how to combine pen and ink line applications with watercolor washes to create a landscape sketch. 
How to draw a tree with pen and ink
This comprehensive guide illustrates how to draw a tree with various mdiums. Lesson two teaches you how to draw a tree with pen and ink.
How to draw with markers and pen and ink
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Learn how to draw with alcohol-based markers and pen and ink in this lesson series.
Creativity exercise with ink wash
Enhance your creativity with this ink wash exercise.
Pen and Ink Landscape Lesson
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A look at combining textures and values to create a landscape drawing with pen and ink.
Ink Wash Landscape Lesson Series
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Create an partially imagined landscape using diluted washes of ink in this four-part live lesson series.
The Secrets to Drawing Ink
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Learn the basics of drawing with pen and ink and ink wash.
Pen and Ink Watercolor Painting Tutorial
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Learn how to layer pen and ink over watercolor in this two part video series.
Pen and ink landscape drawing tutorial
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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


How to draw a Dragonfly with stippling ink lesson
Learn how to draw a colorful dragonfly with pen and ink stippling in this step by step lesson and tutorial.
How to draw a lizard with pen and ink
Learn how to draw a lizard with pen and ink in this lesson and step by step tutorial that shows you how to create a variety of textures through hatching and cross hatching with ink liners.
How to draw natural textures with pen and ink
Learn how to draw natural textures with pen and ink liners in this in-depth step by step drawing tutorial that features a woodland creature in a magical forest.
Draw a horse with pen and ink
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A five part lesson series on drawing a horse with pen and ink.
Mixed Media Drawing Lesson - Great White Shark
Combine a variety of black and white drawing media to create a realistic drawing of a Great White shark.
Line and Wash Combine Pen and Ink and Watercolor
Learn how to combine pen and ink applications with watercolor washes to create a line and wash drawing of an octopus.
How to draw a bee with pen and ink
Learn how to draw a bee with pen and ink in this lesson.
Scratchboard Lesson - Cat
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Learn how to use scratchboard (scrapeboard) to create a representational image of a cat.
Mixing methods of ink wash and pen and ink
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A look at mixing application techniques (ink wash and pen) to create a looser, more expressive image.
How to draw an eagle with pen and ink - lesson series
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A two part series on drawing an eagle with pen and ink. Micron pens are used.
Crayon etching lesson
Learn the process of crayon etching in this free drawing lesson video.

STILL LIFE


Pen and ink lesson series Botanical Drawing
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Learn how to create a botanical drawing with pen and ink in this lesson series.
Ink wash still life lesson
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A look at applying ink wash using multiple layered applications to build up value and the illusion of form.
How to combine pen and ink and watercolor - mushrooms
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A two part series on combining watercolor and pen and ink. Recorded Live Lessons.
Ink wash still life lesson 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.
Ink wash still life - lesson series
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Watch the process of creating an ink wash still life from start to finish in this full length video.
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A Bit About Ink

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.