Drawing week 03 - Fineliners and texture

The fine discovery of Skillshare

Also read Learning yourself to draw.

I wanted to continue my quest of finding my own style within ink and watercolor boundaries. After the amazing discovery of Skillshare.com, I switched to using Artline fineliners. I also have some Steadlers but hardly notice any difference between different felt tip pens if they have the same thickness. I found a short course by Shirish Deshpande on drawing with ink and creating some contrast and texture. The drawings in the videos are amazing and I tried to copy them to my best abilities:

The ink flowing from a technical pen is much more intense than a standard ballpoint pen as seen in week 2. I like that a lot. It also enables me to be much more precise and that is something that I tend to do a lot. I usually draw (too) small and try to cram in as much details as possible. The thinner the felt tip pen, the better for me. (Although I borked a 005 one, those guys are very sensitive!).

During the snow & rose course, the lesson with the fineliners suited me the most, and now I have that same feeling. I finally give (cross-)hatching a shot and it really looks a lot better. Thanks Shirish, for building up my confidence in drawing with ink!

So, what did I learn this week:

  1. Intensity of ink matters.
  2. Contrast is extermely important and gives your drawing an “oomph”
  3. I learned the “hatching”, “stipling”, and “random” technique.
  4. Fineliners > ballpoint pens > pencils (sensing a trend here, fountain pen coming up)

Let’s take a look at what Shirish does with his pens (and added colored ink):

He usually doesn’t color with watercolor but with (diluted) colored ink. I have yet to try that.