The Power of Pen, Ink, & Watercolor

Handout, Presentation, Resources, and Exercises

Course Handout and Presentations:

Handout in PDF format: The Power of Pen, Ink, & Watercolor Handout

Presentation and images in PDF format- Presentation 1 in PDF format (from a PowerPoint) – The Power of Pen, Ink, & Watercolor Presentation 1. (Ink and Watercolor.)

Presentation and images in PDF format – Presentation 2 in PDF format (from a PowerPoint) – The Power of Pen, Ink, & Watercolor Presentation 2 (Mark Making and Images)


Link to Cheryl’s page of Hyperlapse Demos

Creative Commons Videos (Shareable Content with Creative Content Licensure)

Getting Started: Pens, Ink, Drawing Techniques

—-Attribution (Creative Commons Video): Sandy Allnock’s Artventure

HOW To Draw TEXTURES | Pen And Ink Tutorial

—-Attribution (Creative Commons Video): Fana Smetana Art

Watercolor Sketching for Beginners / Step by Step / Fun and Relaxing!

—-Attribution (Creative Commons Video): Monet Cafe’ with Artist Susan Jenkins

Exercises (4 post class tasks to try on your own!):

    • Task 1: White object/White surface – looking for color and texture.
      Place a white onion or garlic on a white piece of paper. Look for subtle colors in the object. Instead of painting a dead gray shadow, consider using blue or purple. Now repeat the entire exercise in grays made with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.
    • Task 2: Botanical study two ways.
      Lay a flower on a white surface. First draw the object in pen. Use the plotting method to start the drawing. Use lines the mimic the shape and/or contour. (Don’t start with a pencil…have more faith than that in yourself!) Then fill in the color. Consider the green carefully and perhaps start any green with a wash of yellow. Then to be more daring reverse the exercise starting with paint, then add ink.
    • Task 3: Monochrome on a ground
      Stain a piece of paper with a color. Make an ink drawing of an object of your choice after the layer of color has dried (called a ground). Then using shades of the ground color add the shadows in transparent watercolor. When done add highlights in white with white gouache, Pro-White (Daler-Rowney) or white acrylic.
    • Task 4: Drawing of an animal
      Find a picture of an animal on and look closely for textures such as feathers, wool, or even an elephant. Mimic the texture with your pen. Use the plotting method to begin your drawing. When done apply color. Let the texture be varied and denser on the opposite side of where it is lit.

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