A lesson on ink.
Ink is a super fun medium to play with. I have been playing with Sumi ink lately and have found it loose and free. As someone who has tendencies toward careful and slow mark making using ink has helped me to loosen up. To be more free with my lines, to allow my hand to flow without too much thought behind it. I am still yet to “get there” but am enjoying the process.
Fun, loose and quick!
I found doing these studies helped me to use my ink brushes on my digital drawing apps.
What I learnt:
- Ink makes you commit to your strokes, don’t think too much. Have a word/picture in your mind and paint.
- There is little room for error.
- Simpler the better.
- You can achieve different values by adding more water/ink. The more water the lighter the wash (just like water colour).
- Quick strokes work best.
- Composition is key.
- Rhythm is needed, light touches to create dotted thin strokes and more pressure to create bold voluminous lines.
What you will need:
- Sumi Ink Option 1, Option 2
- Paint brush (any)
- Paper (printer paper works but can bleed if you use too much water)
- Porcelain dish or cup to hold the ink
- Cup filled with water for washing your brush
Art created on: Bamboo App
A few artists I drew inspiration from to do my studies.
Henri Matisse has a few notable pieces whereby he uses brush strokes to depict nature, faces and still life.
Anna Farba, a botanical artist, has made some lovely floral art with ink.
Rosie McGuinness, London Based artist fashion artist and life drawing.
Lucy Auge, UK based artist has a beautiful collection of inky flowers.
Check out my pinterest board for more ink art ideas to learn from Pinterest Board.
Wishing you a lovely week ahead.