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Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 December 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800922631
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 288
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £14.99

Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques


How-Tos, Subjects and Prompts by David Morales (Author)

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Book Description

The ultimate technique-led guide to the graphic, expressive art of pen and ink: perfect for artists and illustrators!

Colombian-born architect and artist David Morales provides easy-to-follow advice and inspiring instruction in this indispensable guide to pen and ink:

  • Discover how to hold your pen to create different types of line;
  • Add a range of key strokes, from hatching and stippling to scribbling;
  • Understand value, tone and contrast like never before;
  • Learn to critically observe and successfully compose your subjects, from still lifes and buildings to people;
  • Learn through doing, with a variety of exercises ranging from 15 minutes to 2 hours long.

Whether you're just starting out in this bold, exciting medium, or you're already an intermediate artist, illustrator or designer, this book contains pearls of wisdom that will teach and inspire you - and even experienced artists will appreciate David’s 'asides' on common mistakes and how to avoid them.

The book also contains David's handy prompts for starting your own drawings; insider tips; dozens of techniques, each explained with simple illustrations; exercises to improve your skills; and, finally, three different categories of templates to copy or take inspiration from: nature, still life or urban.

Table of Contents

*May be subject to change

Meet David Morales


  • Holding your pen
  • Types of lines
  • Outlines
  • Strokes
  • Tones
  • Values
  • Textures
  • Adding colour
  • Combining techniques

Getting Ready for Action:

  • Keep it simple
  • How to observe
  • Composition
  • The world around us

Let’s Draw:

  • Prompts
  • 15-minute drawings
  • 30-minute drawings
  • 1-hour drawings
  • 2-hour drawings
  • Templates
  • Nature templates
  • Still life templates
  • Urban templates

Index and Credits

About the Author

About David Morales

David Morales is a Colombian architect and sketchbook artist based in Barcelona, passionate about capturing the beauty of everyday life. He documents his surroundings in sketchbooks, using them as inseparable objects for his work and travels. Since 2018 he has been working on a project called ‘One Day One Drawing’, chronicling his life in daily drawings and sharing them with his thousands of Instagram followers. Check out his remarkable art on Instagram @dava22.

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