Ink drawing takes real talent. It’s a very challenging medium because it is hard to cover up drawing errors.  It takes particular types of techniques to convey light and shadow and also to create texture in drawing

Best Tips for Ink Drawing. 

Here is a set of compilation of tips to help you get started in drawings for art competitions

Choose the right pen

Get the right grip

Begin with pencil sketches

Explore different textures

Get abstract with natural forms

Select between brush or fine point pens

Choose the Right Pen

Pen preferences vary from one artist to another, and it will take a bit of practice to find the type of pen that suits you. From Japanese calligraphy brushes to fountain pens, explore all pens until you find the one that gives you the desired effect. 

Get the Right Grip

Grip the pen close to the tip with the pen’s angle to the paper at around 45 degrees for better strokes. Some practices you can do to improve pen handling are creating bold lines, delicate dots, sweeping strokes, crisp dashes, and straight lines. You should be able to do these vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. 

Begin with Pencil Sketches

Ink is difficult to cover up. Start sketching your design with a pencil because pencil errors can be erased. Some pencil options you can opt for are HB and B. Light sketching can also be done with watered down ink. 

Explore Different Textures

The strokes used help capture the tone and texture in ink drawings. Different strokes yield different feels with varying density, weight, and direction. Textures such as wood and stones help enrich ink scenes. Use contrasting features as they are virtually appealing. 

Get Abstract with Natural Forms

Use plants and flowers to enhance ink drawings. Consider the shapes that flowers and leaves take. Is it diamond, triangle, or wavy ovals? Look around you and draw from what you see. 


Select Between Brush or Fine Point Pens

When drawing art contests piece, are more suitable. They are great for soft, expressive lines and can create various line widths based on how much they are pressed into the page. A brush pen provides a brush effect with no messy ink dipping. 

Fine points are good for drawing hard and solid lines thus good for precise drawings. 


If you need a kickstart in ink drawing, this is a useful guide for you. Though challenging, you will master it with enough practice.



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