Inking: Wild Patterns Illustrations

PART 1: Inking Patterns

Summary 

Learn how to ink patterns with fine tip pens. There are an endless number of inking techniques, we will practice a few of them in this lesson. Inking is frequently used in illustrations for newspapers and comic books for it's visual contrast and reproduction qualities.

What you need:

  • pattern inking exercise
  • 0.50 Fine-tech pens
  • black fine tip brush markers
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What you do:

  1. Look at the ink patterns in the exercise. Think about the patterns were drawn and try to reproduce the patterns.
  2. After you are finished inking the patterns, make your own unique patterns designs. 

Inking Patterns


Part 2: Wild Patterns Illustration

Summary 

Continuing from the 'Inking Patterns' exercise. We will make ink illustrations utilizing the patterns we drew in the previous lesson.  

What you need: 

  • Inking Patterns (previous lesson)
  • Pencil
  • paper
  • 0.25 or 0.50 Fine-tech pens and black felt tip brush markers

What you do:

  1. Beginners: Choose a preexisting template drawing to ink your patterns with.  Advanced: Sketch some designs that you want use for your illustration. It can be an animal, your initials or plants. View some preexisting templates examples to get inspired. The designs must consist of clear simple shapes so that you can ink patterns inside of them.  
  2. Outline the design with a ink pen.
  3. Using you're 'Ink Patterns' as a reference, fill in each shape of your drawing with a different pattern. First draw them with a pencil and trace the outlines with pens.

 

Wild Pattern Illustration