Pen and Ink Basics: Lines

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If you have never tried to draw lines in pen and ink, you don’t know what you’re missing. This art tutorial covers drawing lines with pen and ink using 3 different types of pen. The three pens I use in the video are a simple dip pen, an edding 1800 .05 pen and a sharpened stick. As a result of varying the pressure on the pen different types of line are created. The possibilities are endless.

We explore lots of ways of holding the pens because it can make a real difference to the width of line. The art tutorial covers the drawing of a simple pot using the three pens. You’ll be amazed at how different they look even though the pot is drawn in the same way each time. It is simply because the lines vary with each pen. Each pen has its own characteristics which you can exploit in the drawing. Experiment if you really want to know how to draw lines in pen and ink.

The pen and ink tutorial is aimed at beginners and those starting out drawing. It is the first in a series of 4 video tutorials on drawing with pen and ink. Check out the others if you want a great understanding of pen and ink drawing.

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