Alternative Inking: Go Beyond the Brush and Pen

Michelle Tabares, Cartoonist, Illustrator and Traveller

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9 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • Using a Toothpick

    • Using Fingerprints

    • Using a Cotton Ball

    • Using a Qtip

    • Using a Toothbrush

    • Assignment

    • Demonstration

    • Closing Thoughts


About This Class

If you're a cartoonist or illustrator, odds are you've worked with ink at some point to create comics and/or illustrations. While most of us use a brush or dip pen to transfer our ink to paper, many rarely venture outside of using these very traditional drawing and painting tools.

Who says you only have to use a brush or dip pen for your comics or ink drawings? There's tons of DIY tools in your own home that can create unique and interesting effects that would be impossible through traditional means. Some of which may surprise you!

So pick up a toothbrush, q-tip or a cotton ball and let's start experimenting with some creative inking techniques!

All music in this lesson in by DJ Quads:

22 of 22 students recommendSee All

Introduced me to techniques I'd never thought of using. I will use these for Inktober. Thanks for the insight.
Creative and fun. It’s certainly got me thinking of ways to go beyond a brush and pen. Am looking forward to trying these unconventional inking tools.
The alternatives are very helpful, Just watching the videos I came up wth a hundread different ways I could use them nd add them to my own pieces.





Michelle Tabares

Cartoonist, Illustrator and Traveller