Ink drawing

Ink drawing with a very long artistic tradition. This medium has always been interesting for artists and graphic artists, it gives paintings expression and durability and can also be combined with many other drawing techniques. Ink is among the ancient means of writing and painting, ink drawings were common even in ancient Egypt, China, India and the countries of the Far East. Even today, ink artists can be found around the world. Ink drawing is less common than other means of drawing, but it is a special experience worthwhile Get to know and it is recommended to experiment.

Ink drawing

Facts and properties of drawing ink

  • The ink is usually composed of carbon and bonding materials, but there are also inks from plant sources, animals such as the squid, or metals such as iron.
  • Useful ink for writing and also for drawing with a pen or brush. In addition, it is used for printing in most existing types of printing.
  • The use of ink is prominent in the art of calligraphy - artistic and decorative writing. Calligraphy is an important and ancient field in East Asian art and is common in China even today. It is considered the most refined form of painting.
  • The ink drawings are mostly black, but art inks can be found in other shades such as silver and gold.
  •  Drawing in ink is traditionally done with sable brushes, but also in the nail and possibly with a fountain pen.
  • The ink is suitable for mix media drawings, in which various materials are combined, for example watercolors above or as a basis for ink drawing.
  • Indian ink is actually an ink that originated in China, is a durable ink in a black or colored hue that is widely used for writing and drawing, and even creating comics. There are Indian ink-based markers on the market that make the art of drawing in ink quite simple.

Emotional dimension and personal expression that allows drawing in ink

Ink drawing evokes associations of solemnity, aesthetics and flow and evokes a sense of connection to a multi-generational tradition. Drawing in ink takes a concentrated and focused work and it is desirable that the creator has knowledge in drawing so as not to evoke a feeling of insecurity due to lack of experience. 

When working with wet materials there are repeated operations, for example dipping the brush or nail ink. This kind of ritual is for the creator an anchor for finding an inner rhythm, as well as a framework that gives self-confidence, organization, order and setting boundaries, and thus for deeper emotional work.

Ink drawing - equipment and related materials

  • Registration paper - It is important that the paper is thick and prevents the ink from seeping. Excellent watercolor or mix media paper for ink drawing.
  • paintbrush - A round sable brush or a calligraphic brush made of squirrel hair.
  • A nail or fountain pen with a fingernail and an ink cartridge.
  • Graphite pencils Ink is a very unforgiving medium. Once you make a mistake, the best you can do is try to cover it up by incorporating the mistake in the drawing. In the worst case, you will have to start over. Therefore a pencil is useful for creating a fine sketch, it is important not to put pressure on the pencil.

Tips and advice for the process of working with ink

  •  It is recommended to work with ink while standing at a table. The body is stable and flexible and allows for a soft, gentle and flowing hand movement. Standing also allows distance from the paper for general vision and zooming in / out when needed.
  • When dipping the nail into an ink cartridge wait a bit so that the ink does not drip and create ink puddles on the page before drawing. 
  • The pressure applied to the nail affects the thickness of the line created, a thick line will require more ink. 
  • The ink is mainly used for line drawing. If you want to create a stain, do so by creating lines of lines.
  • At the end of the work, wipe the nail with a water-free cloth to prevent rust. 

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