The Pen & Ink Experience: Line and Value

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Lesson Description

A look at the importance and usage of line in pen and ink drawings. Various techniques for adding value and shading are also explored.Hatching, cross hatching and stippling are all discussed.

Lesson Materials

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

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Lesson Discussion

  1. Hi Matt …… I really enjoyed the various textures you created …. Great job!!! I am just wondering how many different textures you can think of and would this be a good subject for another class. Hope this is not to simplistic of a question. As always, you did a fantastic job.

    • Hi Jianyu,

      Yes, whenever the lines cross over, it is considered cross hatching. Allowing the lines to flow over the form, meaning that they’ll curve slightly, will help to communicate the form of the subject as well as develop the value.

  2. At 74 I did not think I could learn pen and ink although I have loved it for years.. Matt, you have proved me wrong. I am loving this. I mostly enjoy landscapes, mountain scenes and log cabins and really think I will be able to do this..Thanks

  3. thank you so much Matt… I have always wanted to learn pen and ink but never really gotten one who can teach as well… Are calligraphy pens the same as dip pens?

    • Hi Emma,

      Thanks! Calligraphy pens are different from drawing nib pens. Calligraphy pens usually feature a flat tip for making thin lines when pulled in one direction and thick lines in a different direction. Nib pens for drawing are usually not flat and are designed to make a similar width line no matter which direction they are pulled.

  4. Hi Matt. When using dip pens I notice that when I’m working in still wet ink (like in darker values), the nib seems to leave more ink (ink flows more freely). Does the wet ink on the paper pull out more ink from the nib? Otherwise I feel I have pretty good control. Thank you.

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