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Pen and Colored Ink Demo : Working Line Weights Thin-to-Thick

May 19, 2016

Portugal_Ink Pano05B_Cape St_Vincent_Sagres

This morning we’ve posted big step-by-step article up on the Artist Network TV blog. Every so often we do a follow up to the series of drawing videos I did last year. One of our four video demos is on drawing panoramas – so I wanted to expand on what I show on camera with some new ideas about progressive pen weights and colored line.

Head on over to Artist network, and you’ll find my in-depth article on colored ink and dipping pens.

I talk mostly about a strategy of working your thinnest lines first, building up to blocking in shadow shape with a big-wide calligraphy nib. It’s a fun technique! You get to see your drawing resolve before your eyes, like a picture coming into focus.  Plus there’s a lot of what is great about a watercolor painting – but with the more graphic colors of liquid ink straight from the bottle.

Portugal_Ink Pano01_Old Town Faro_Step02_Ground Line_Medium Nib

Portugal_Ink Pano01_Old Town Faro_Step05_Broad Nib

Portugal_Ink Pano01_Old Town Faro_Step06_Watercolor

Head on over for the full Step-by-Step demo, gear list and more! ~m

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Portugal_Ink Pano04B_Silvas_Square


7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    This is awesome, Marc!! Great demo… love the thinnest lines first approach… I’m totally going to try that in my sketching today! 😉Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. May 23, 2016 2:49 AM


  3. Vicki permalink
    May 25, 2016 8:32 PM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. May 28, 2016 3:38 PM

    Very nice. Love the the way you use your color. Very good work.


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