An Urban Sketchers Secret: Ink and Brush

An Urban Sketchers Secret: Ink and Brush


Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday
Here’s your weekly dose of inspiration to build a creative habit! One drawing at a time
brought to you by Sketchbook Skool Today, we need a fountain pen with watersoluble
ink and a water brush pen. Alright, so I pick a subject to draw that’s
on my desk: it’s a jar with a bunch of pens and pencils in it. My version of the jar is a little bit wonky,
but I don’t mind – it’s a drawing after all, not a perfect replication of the actual
thing. Slowing down a bit, I look carefully at the
shapes that stick out of the jar, and also notice negative shapes between them. I see how the glass jar distorts the shapes
a little too. I add some of the details, but I’m keeping
it loose because I don’t need the details to be essential for this drawing. It’s just a quick impression of a collection
of art tools. With a little it of hatching, I indicate the
glass texture. The tools in the foreground too make the composition
a bit more interesting. Again, a little wonky but I actually like
it. Now that I’ve done that, I pick up the water
brush pen. I just need a tiny bit of post to activate
the ink in order to create grey tones. This technique allows you to create many shades,
so even if you didn’t take any watercolors with you when on location for example, all
you need is a pen and some water. You’ll be amazed how rich you can make your
drawings with just grey tones. I’ll also add drop shadows, it’s a small
thing to do but it makes such a huge difference in depth and context. Now I’ll take my fountain pen again. And the waterbrush pen. And I’ll flick the brush pen on the nib. This is a trick I learned from Linda at a
sketchcrawl recently. I was amazed by the effects she made with
this technique in her urban sketches! The spray of tiny ink drops adds an illustration
style. Try holding the pen closer to the paper and
higher up and see how that effects the drops and splatter. You don’t need a whole lot of tools to make
art. Just be resourceful with the things you have
at hand! And if you want to learn more, sign up for
the sample kourse in Sketchbook Skool! It’s free, so go to SketchbookSkool.com
and join!

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