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Learn to paint using pen, ink and watercolor in easy steps
The focus of this book is on sketching and painting using pens, ink, and watercolor. Each of
these mediums has its own charm. But together, they pack a mighty punch. Using these three
mediums together can create some unique and very interesting effects in the illustrations.
Are you interested in learning hands-on pen-ink-watercolor illustrations, from simple to complex
subjects? Then this book is for you.
A comprehensive guide to watercolor painting
Shapes and Values
Learn to use different shading techniques using pen and inks, like hatching, cross hatching, stippling, random and contour.
How colors are defined and interact ? Color theory… warm and cool colors, analogous and complementary colors.
Using watercolor and some exotic techniques
Learn painting and shading techniques using watercolor. Learn to use exotic techniques like spattering, using a plastic wrap etc.
Wet and Dry brush shading techniques
Learn to use different ways in which a watercolor painting can be created, and how combining watercolor with inks can bring out a certain magic in your paintings.
Ten step-by-step exercises
House and a Light Pole
Let’s start with this illustration of a charming little house in Goa, India. We will use either technical pens or a fountain pen, and black India ink to draw this illustration. I used a Parker fountain pen to draw the initial outline and shaded the illustration using black acrylic ink…
Wood and Rusted Metal Texture
Let’s paint these wooden doors framed by the rusted hinges. Such subjects are excellent for pen
and ink sketching because of their abundance of textures…
An Old DP Box
While commuting in my city, I came across this isolated DP box. These are the boxes
which house the electrical or landline telephone
(yep! Some people still use them!) wires distributed in the surrounding area. The original
paint had peeled in multiple places. People had stuck all kinds of paper bills over it. The
weather had played its part in the wear and tear and rusting of the box. Weeds had grown
around the box.
A ‘normal’ person would walk/drive by the DP
box with no more than a single glace. But for a sketcher, this subject is a wealth of contrast and textures.
A Piece of Old Abandoned Machinery
Let’s see an example where one of the ugliest real-life subjects can be made into
an eye-catching illustration.
We will use this reference photograph to draw this illustration. This abandoned
piece of machinery was lying by the roadside surrounded by trash when it caught my attention. I stopped by to click
What was so fascinating about this? The abundance of textures, of course.
Ten step-by-step exercises (continued)
Let’s paint this charming old door.
Start with a pen sketch as shown below…
A Stairway to Heaven
Let’s paint this interesting stone stairway.
Let’s begin by drawing the stairway like this. Does it look intimidating? I t does not have to be. Go to the next page to learn how to get this curve correct and the technique for drawing the steps.
A Charming Little Lane
Let’s paint this charming little lane. This illustration is painted from a reference photograph of a location in Goa, India.
Wall of an Old House
We will use the below reference photograph to draw this illustration. As you can see, the original wall is quite dull, grey, and depressing. But the illustration is very colorful and charming.
Is this cheating? Should we draw strictly as per the photograph?
Everyone will have a different opinion on this, and everyone’s opinion will be correct.
There’s no right or wrong in art. After all it is art, not mathematics!
Ten step-by-step exercises (continued)
A Stone Temple
The southern part of India is a treasure trove of ancient stone temples. One of them is sketched in this illustration. I have used only two colors (Violet and Sepia) apart from the black and white shades while painting this illustration.
Sometimes a limited color palette can work wonders for an illustration. This is one such example.
Buildings in Ladakh
I clicked this photograph of some houses while travelling in Ladakh. Ladakh is a huge cold desert situated in the northern part of India. I t shares a border with China.
The terrain in Ladakh is extremely rugged and uneven. So, the locals have adapted
their housing to the elements.
I f I had not seen these buildings, it would be
hard for me to believe such densely packed buildings are built over such steep slopes.
But here they were.
Publisher : HUESANDTONES MEDIA AND PUBLISHING; Illustrated edition (November 30, 2019)
Language : English
Paperback : 138 pages
ISBN-10 : 9353919177
ISBN-13 : 978-9353919177
Item Weight : 1 pounds
Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.33 x 11 inches