Drawing with Ink

Fabriano has thought about keeping you company at such a difficult time for all of us.

Staying at home is everyone's duty but we can also turn it into something pleasurable: who said having to stay at home is boring?

We believe that the imagination can take us outside and into fantastic worlds... so why not set it free and start drawing or painting!

We decided to prepare some simple tutorials - one per week - to help you rediscover things you already knew but had never studied in depth or else provide new information to help you express your creativity.

Are you ready? Let's get going!

Today we have a new tutorial about something we all know: INK.

Ink is a liquid based on black or coloured pigments dissolved in water and is kept in a glass bottle. Ink drawings obviously need a nib!


What you need:

- inkwell with black or coloured ink

- thick, smooth and slightly absorbent paper

- pencil

- rubber

- nib


Useful hints:

- a preparatory drawing in pencil is always a good idea

- vary the pressure of the nib against the sheet to produce thicker or thinner lines

- drawing with a nib takes time because you have to wait for the ink to dry before a continuing.



There are also several techniques for achieving chiaroscuro effects with ink:

- The diagonal hatching technique involves drawing many parallel lines at the same angle. These lines should be closer together in shaded areas

- the dotting technique means you can proceed gradually, adding more dots in darker areas and fewer dots in lighter ones

- if, on the other hand, you'd like the shape and volume of objects to have a more spontaneous appearance, then the free-style technique is the one for you (try to avoid smudging caused by passing you hand over the wet ink)

Important! Nib pens do not have cartridges like fountain pens, so you will have to dip it frequently into in the inkwell.


Are you ready?

Enjoy your art work!