Albrecht Dürer, the famous artist at the heart of Elise Broach's Masterpiece (featured on Monday's post), was known for his intricate, detailed pen and ink drawings as well as his detailed wood-block prints.
Like James and Marvin, you, too can create fantastic pen and ink sketches--if you're willing to take your time and pay attention to detail.
1. First, pick your subject and assemble your supplies.
You'll need paper, a pencil (with eraser!) and a pen (I used a regular ballpoint pen). For this exercise, I used one of my son's dinosaurs. (It kind of looks like the rhinoceros shown above, doesn't it?)
3. Once you have the basic shapes in place, go back and add the details in, still using your pencil.
4. Go over your sketch with the pen. When you've finished tracing the whole thing, erase the pencil lines. (You may want to wait a minute for the ink to dry, or you'll get smudged ink lines like I did on the tail!)
5. Use tiny lines to create the shadows on your picture.
6. You can use cross-hatching (make lines first one direction, then another direction) to make the darkest shadows darker.
7. Observe your subject carefully and add any final details that you see--here, I added the lines that make up the dinosaur's hide. Frame your finished masterpiece! (Or hang it up on the fridge). You've now mastered a Dürer-esque style of drawing.
8. Anyone can use observation to create an ink drawing--this last image was done by my preschool-aged daughter.
Thank you so, so much Rosalyn! And everybody else--send me your drawings if you try this activity out! I'd love to see them and (with your permission) post them!