Author: Crissy_Gottberg, Contributing Editor
|This article will present a very basic over-view of drawing with ink. The thoughts I share are those that I have learned from books and watching others.
The very basics are, of course, a pen and a piece of paper. There are a plethora of choices in each, however, and it can be a bit confusing to choose which you would like to use.
Paper In choosing paper,there is everything from regular printer paper to Stonehedge which has been toted as the best paper to do nearly anything on. There is also art board, which is a bit thicker and sturdier, and differing degrees of transparent pages which allow for interesting affects with the pen.
For practice I recommend regular drawing paper. For learning techniques you might like to just use scratch paper, or news print. For finished works I would suggest Stonehedge or pressed watercolor paper.
Ink Application Tools:
Gel pens: These are fairly new and a lot of you may have tried one, but not everyone knows how versatile they are. They come in a wide range of colors from gold and silver to black and white. Some have pearly sheens to them, others florescent and still others the “normal” shades of the rainbow.
Line: Exactly what its called. A bunch of lines forming a picture. Line drawings can get very complex, or be rather simple depending on how much detail you add to your drawing.
|A bit more difficult in ink then it is in pencil because you have no shading at all, so every line and tone must be conveyed through your lines. The box, of course is the most simple, and the dragon the most detailed. Though no true shading was given to any of these line drawings we can see depth in them.|
|Stipple: I must admit that I do not like this technique. Probably because I did not like what I did, but I don’t like it just the same.
It is very simple in a way. You start with a blank page, and a photo you want to copy, and start making dots. You do thicker dots in areas with lots of shadow, and fewer dots in areas with lighter shadow, and, of course, leave the paper white in areas with no shadows. It can get noisy, especially if a lot of people are doing it at once. It does take more time then other techniques, but can be worth it.
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|Splatter: You need a nib for this technique. There is no other way, that I know of, to do this. You take an ink filled nib, and literally splatter the ink on the page.
I have seen this in japanime quite a bit. They use it to give an odd effect to the page, add subtle qualities. Combined with color this can give it even more of an edge. I have seen one that had the splatter technique where the little dots of ink had been hallowed and it gave it an unusual quality.
This technique is also used to create things like water spray, blood, and other such “spray” type affects.