Pen and Ink Drawings Dennis L. Law, ASLA Kansas State University Pen and Ink by Dennis Law Introduction • Equipment • Exercises • Tone Building • Value Studies Pen and Ink drawing by Dennis Law Equipment • Paper • Pens • Ink •Other Equipment Pen and Ink drawing by Dennis Law Equipment • Paper Pen and ink drawings can be made on a wide-variety of papers or boards. The list of paper commonly used for Pen and Ink includes the following: Bond Paper (Hammermill) Bristol Pad (plate finish) Frosted Acetate Layout Bond (Bee) Print paper Pen and Ink drawing by Dennis Law Sketch Pad (Artworthy) vellum or mylar Equipment • Pens •Rapidograph pen set (000 -- 4) These pens are difficult to keep clean, especially the finer points. •Sharpies by Sanford (more likely to smear and slow to dry) •Felt-tip pens by Flair or Pilot (more likely to smear and slow to dry) •Rotring (extra fine) This is the pen recommended. Pen and Ink drawing by Dennis Law Equipment • Ink •India ink is best used in all pens. •Felt tips or Sharpies use an alcohol based ink which tends to be weak and fades over time •Rapidograph and Rotring are best used with cartridges which already contain India Ink. Pen and Ink drawing by Dennis Law Equipment • Other Equipment There is a lot of equipment that could be used in the craft of pen and ink art. Things like pencils and erasures help the novice get started but eventually, you’ll want Pen and Ink drawing by Dennis Law to just use you pen and a pad of good paper. Exercises to Get Started Straight Freehand lines: Exercises to Get Started Controlled dashes and dots: Exercises to Get Started Controlled curved lines: Exercises to Get Started Toning for shade: (first exercise) Exercises to Get Started Toning for shade: (second exercise) Exercises to Get Started Toning for roundness: Getting Started 1. Begin by drawing in pencil a sketch of the European street scene shown below as a simple line drawing. Set up the perspective showing vanishing points and horizon lines, etc. Do this drawing on a sheet of yellow tracing paper. Getting Started 2. Add elements and adjust the composition on the tracing paper. Do not worry at this point about shades and shadows. This should be a simple line drawing at this point. Getting Started 3. Transfer the drawing to the white bond paper using graphite paper. It is still a line drawing at this point. Getting Started 4. Add textures, elements, shades and shadows. Do not “over render” the drawing. Use the white of the paper to give value and contrast to the drawing. This will add a 3- dimensional quality to your work.