Pen and Ink Drawings

My illustration work is done with a special pen and ink – there are challenges with this kind of art such as the monochromatic element.  How does one make up for the lack of color with only black ink on white paper?  This is done with the use of value!  Drawing lines and dots in different ways creates light, shadow and depth giving a believability to the subject in a composition.

. . . fur and feathers come to life.







This technique is similar to the result of engraving, etching or scratch board used in early book illustration.  But I use the Rapidograph Technical Pen by Koh-I-Noor.


Sometimes I add watercolor for a colored illustration.



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