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Pen and Ink Art #101

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

A beautiful pen drawing conveys an evocative power that arises from the cleanliness of the finished piece when created with understanding. However, because high contrast line drawings leave you with nowhere to hide, that same cleanliness can make you susceptible.


Every pen and ink line conveys either expertise and power or timidity and uncertainty. To assist you, we've included some of our tips for making pen and ink drawing more approachable and less intimidating.


1. Choosing the right tools

You'll need a pen, nibs, and ink to draw in ink. Remember to only use a nib to produce marks by pulling or dragging it; pushing it can cause splatters and spoil your work. A minor shift in pressure will also alter the thickness of your lines. These are things you should get used to right away.


2. Know your strokes

Using high contrast black ink on white paper, People use the techniques above to create the illusion of value gradations. Take a look at the thick and thins. This is where nib pens come in handy. Draw wider lines for structures in shadows and thinner lines for structures in light. Try it for yourself: draw a circle, then go over the bottom with a thicker line to give it volume and make it look like a ball.


3. Use Mixture of Pens

People like to use several pens for various purposes. For massive shadows, use thick markers, which are big and chunky and cover a lot of paper quickly. Sharpies can be used to create subtle shadows and thick continuous lines. Clouds, waves, and anything else that looks cool in blue can benefit from a blue writing pen. Consider the colour, thickness, and other qualities of your pens. Be inventive, and keep an eye out for any pen that can distinguish your work.


4. Holding Pen

Simply altering the way you hold your pen can give your pen and ink drawings a new dimension, making them original and distinct from those of other artists. Give this strategy a try if your drawings are typically very tight and controlled; you might be surprised by the wonderful mishaps that might occur.



One of the seven components of art is texture. It's a term used to describe how a three-dimensional work feels when it's touched. It can relate to the visual "feel" of a piece in two-dimensional work, such as painting.

Texture is essential in three-dimensional art, and you won't find a sculpture or piece of pottery without it. The materials employed in a piece of art give it texture. This could be marble, bronze, clay, metal, or wood, but it establishes how the object will feel when touched.


As the artist works on a painting, they might use technique to add extra texture. A smooth surface can be sanded, polished, or buff, or it can be patinated, bleached, gouged, or otherwise roughed up.



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