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Pen & Ink Essentials

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Become a better pen and ink artist! Learn techniques for capturing the values, textures and contours you see in the world around you.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Paul Heaston
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Learn how to draw with pen and ink alongside artist Paul Heaston. Start with how to capture form using contour lines, and make your work more expressive with gesture lines. Next, Paul will guide you step by step through creating gorgeous ink washes that rival watercolors. Switch to fine-tip pens as you use a variety of hatching techniques to create shadows, shading and more. Then, learn methods for building value quickly, as well as how to achieve incredible detail and remarkably even tones with the stipple technique. You'll even find out how to draw complex textures and patterns such as foliage, animal fur, stonework and reflective surfaces. Along the way, you'll gain a better understanding of when to apply each technique for your best results.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Contour Lines & Gestural Lines
Meet returning art instructor Paul Heaston as you begin to explore the possibilities of working with ink. Start by creating contour lines, which train your eye to see form more accurately. Next, loosen up your style and experiment with gesture lines, which add expression to your work.
2. Creating Value With an Ink Wash
3. Cross-Contour Lines
4. Hatching
5. Basket Weave, Gesture & Stippling
6. Challenging Textures
7. Putting It All Together

Recommended with this class

  • Pens, ink, brush

Taught by

Paul Heaston
Paul Heaston
Paul Heaston received his MFA in painting from Montana State University. He's also a correspondent for, an internationally recognized website that showcases visual journalism. You can find some of Paul's work on his sketch blog, Three Letter Word for Art. Paul has been teaching college-level drawing and painting since 2005.

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