Dip Pen Drawing with Ink & Markers

Dip pens and ink can create a beautiful effect when combined with layers of markers and white gesso. This video demos a unique technique with these art supplies that produce a drawing with delicate line work and subtle colors.

Tips for how to draw with a dip pen using cross-hatching techniques are explained, as well as how to use these drawing materials together in a mixed media drawing. Demo led by Guest Teaching Artist Song Kang and Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Searching for reference objects from the dollar store.
  • Finding objects that show texture and form at the dollar store.
  • Spray painting reference objects white to see the form better
  • Discovering unexpected reference objects at the dollar store.
  • Mixed media techniques which were a result of mistakes .
  • Watercolor Blocks to prevent the paper from buckling.
  • H pencils to prevent smudging
  • Using markers to block out fields of saturated colors.
  • Tinting gesso to paint a layer over the marker drawing.
  • What colors to mix to create a neutral tone in the tinted gesso.
  • Saving the mixture of tinted gesso for later use in the drawing.
  • Dip pen techniques: pen angle, physical pressure, line width.
  • When to use a dip pen vs. When to use a Fineliner Fine Tip Pens.
  • Cross-hatching techniques: when to do parallel lines vs. crossed ones
  • How do you know the drawing is done?
  • Tip for how to deal with aches and pains when doing pen drawing
  • What to do when you get an ink blot on your drawing
  • Adding extra tinted gesso to paint over ink blots.
  • Adding tinted gesso on several areas so the area with the ink blot doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

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