As simple as black and white
Pen & Ink is a straightforward yet diverse medium; the tools are simple and the results can vary from a timeless dusty appearance to a highly detailed representation of texture and form.
Do you ever linger over ink drawings in old books? Oh, believe me I do! The detail in the drawings amaze me. I keep a notebook made up of clipped line work ads and drawings from magazines that I have been adding to for years. I like to pull out this reference from time to time and flip through for inspiration; perhaps now would be a good time for you to start one as well.
Over the next nine weeks we will explore and use seven types of lines used in ink sketches. Once you become familiar with the lines, you will not only recognize them in drawings that catch your eye, but also be able to choose which lines to use when creating a work of your own.
Decisions, decisions choOsing PEns &Papers
The choices for paper are numerous, but please do not feel overwhelmed. I suggest you read a few of the product reviews to help make a choice. If you are shopping online you obviously can't feel the texture of the paper or scribble test a pen before you buy it. Please look over the product description there should be a reference to describe the paper as having a smooth or a vellum finish. The pens you choose should have water resistant or waterproof ink. The video clips below will offer you more information.
PAPER: Not all white paper is the same shade of white; as it is also true, not all paper is suitable for pen and ink. The firm, smooth, polished finish of bristol paper, bristol board or illustration* board will allow your pen to glide easily over the surface of your paper without snagging or clogging up with lint. The ink should not bead up or bleed on the surface but should produce a crisp, sharp edged line. Mixed media paper and watercolor* paper has a little bit of "tooth", offering a fairly crisp line yet allowing watercolor or ink washes to be added to a drawing if you wish.
*NOTE: You will see the terms Hot Press and Cold Press on some papers. Hot Press will be a smooth surface and Cold Press will have a slight texture. Rough watercolor paper is NOT suitable for pen and ink work.
PENS: You are looking for a reliable, leak-free pen with waterproof or water-resistant ink and a nib (tip) that can be stroked in all directions. For this class I am recommending the use of disposable art markers, which are care-free, low-cost and easy to find. There are many manufacturers each offering pens in a variety of nib size and ink color choices. It isn't necessary to have multiple sizes of nibs, but having a variety allows you to easily create a wide variety of values and contrast and may make the process more interesting and fun for you. Brands that I currently have in my desk drawer include Sharpie, Faber-Castell and a Pentel set (I just ordered a Micron brand set to "test out" as well).
TIME FOR ink pen calisthenics!
USING THE PENCILED GUIDELINES COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS
1. Draw a continuous wavy line, moving your whole hand across the page as needed.
2. Draw a continuous series of loops, varying in size. Once again moving your whole hand slowly
3. Without moving your whole hand, use only your fingers to draw uniform loops and waves.
Which method has more control for you #2 or #3?
4. Turn the paper and try waves again, slant to the right then slant loops to the left. Which is easier?
5. Draw a series of straight vertical lines. Is it easier to draw them toward or away from yourself?
6. Now draw horizontal lines or varied lengths, do any lines curve a little at the ends? Ask in class how to prevent this from happening
Test one or all of your pens. Repeat the steps above several times filling your paper and get comfortable with your pens.
this one is for johnny cash
Join me Monday, May 11, 2020 for the Pen & Ink Class "kick-off" at 7:00 PM
I am looking forward to meeting you! I will share information related to this lesson in order to help you find materials for this and upcoming sessions. Copy the link below and paste it into your browser to join me in our virtual classroom.
Topic: Pen and Ink Class Launch - JM
Time: May 11, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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