Illustration Concepts

Pen and Ink Skills

By CRAIG KUNCE

Ink Pens

Pen and ink has been a popular medium on choice for hundreds and hundreds of years. It's simple, clean line structure never goes out of style. It also fits nicely with cost-effective, one color printing for books and newspapers. Open any coloring book and you will find black and white ink drawings that intrigue and excite young artists.

Ink pens come in many different sizes and brands. The two pictured below, Micron and Faber Castell, are my favorites. I prefer the Faber Castell for all my black and white ink drawings. I feel it's important to make sure the ink is permanent, waterproof, and lightfast.

 

Draw an eye

First, do an advanced Google search for open eye images.

 

Print your search results on 11x17 inch paper, black and white.

 

Set the paper on your desk and start sketching an eye. Draw light lines. Only use your print as a reference. Adjust the drawing to fit your needs.

 

Next, draw the eye in your final medium and erase the pencil lines.

Here's an eye drawn in pen and ink.

 

I will admit that I don't usually sketch in pencil. I just start drawing in pen and ink. I added the pencil sketch step because it might help you fine tune your eye before you lay down the final linework in permanent ink.

Try it for yourself.

 

Pen & Ink Skills to practice on your own (optional)

Download file: skills.pdf

 


Ink drawing comes in many forms, shapes and textures. Here are a few styles that continue to pass the test of time.

Crosshatching

 

 

Scribbling

 

 

Stippling

 

(stippling portrait credit)