Ballpoint Pen Portraits: Learn hatching techniques for portraiture | Mala Iwa | Skillshare

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Ballpoint Pen Portraits: Learn hatching techniques for portraiture

teacher avatar Mala Iwa, Artist/ Designer/ Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Loosen the hands

    • 3. Angles

    • 4. Value scale

    • 5. Layering

    • 6. Why layering?

    • 7. Planes and curves

    • 8. Portrait demonstration

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About This Class

Are you looking to learn how to draw portraits with ballpoint pen? well, look no further, this class is for you! 

Hatching and cross hatching can be a pain to understand and using a ballpoint pen does not make this any easier - I know . . . But it does not have to be!

What you will learn in this class:

  • How to loosen your hands to gain muscle memory and confidence just before you start drawing
  • How understanding angles can help your drawing in respect to pen strokes
  • Telling tones apart
  • How hatching and cross hatching work through layering
  • How planes and curves affect your hatching and how it can make or mar the illusion of volume

Level: Beginner


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Mala Iwa

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