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with Paul Heaston
Online Class

Pen & Ink Essentials

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h21m

Included in this Class

1. Contour Lines & Gestural Lines

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

2. Creating Value With an Ink Wash

Capture the look of a watercolor painting as you learn how to create a range of values and apply an ink wash to your initial sketch. You'll gain control over your brush and medium as you add light and shadow exactly where you want it to go, using Paul's tips for applying the ink consistently.

3. Cross-Contour Lines

3. Cross-Contour Lines

Trade in your brush for fine-tipped pens as you try your hand at cross-contour lines, which define volume more than simply the form's edges. Paul shows you how to use cross-contour lines to inform a point of view and add realistic dimension to your subjects.

Recommended with this class

  • Pens, ink, brush