Pen & Ink

Pen and ink is a drawing technique using colored inks with a dip pen, with the option of using a different pen nibs to create different line strokes. Pen and ink has a long history, the original pens did not hold ink and needed to be dipped into a well first in order to leave a mark on the page. Using pen and ink can be a great way to enhance your artist skills after learning drawing basics. There are several techniques used in pen and ink drawing including, hatching, strokes, stippling and more.

Discover pen and ink and how to use it to create calligraphy, illustrations or for other writing and drawing projects. Learn pen and ink techniques for beginners or advanced artists, find drawing resources, and see pen and ink drawings.


Learn more about pen and ink projects and applications and key techniques to help you become a better artist.

Pen and Ink Facts

Wikipedia: Ink - Background and uses of ink.

What Is Sumi-e? - Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper.

Wikipedia: Calligraphy - Tools and traditions related to calligraphy. - Everything you need to know about pen and ink drawings.


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