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Draw a Dinosaur #5 - A Beginner Drawing Lesson Featuring Dip Pens

Tim Borkert, Landscape Painter

Draw a Dinosaur #5 - A Beginner Drawing Lesson Featuring Dip Pens

Tim Borkert, Landscape Painter

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8 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Introduction and Dip Pen Practice

    • 2. Basic Guide Lines

    • 3. Legs

    • 4. Head and Neck

    • 5. Skin Details

    • 6. Spikes

    • 7. Finishing The Legs

    • 8. Inking With A Dip Pen

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About This Class

Learn to draw an Amargasaurus!

This is a perfect drawing lesson for both children and adults. In this lesson we will start out creating the dinosaurs body using basic large shapes. Then we will refine our drawing by adding details and erasing the guidelines.  Finally, we will ink our drawing using a dip pen. Here, you will learn many tips with usingdip pens. With some practice you will have a very nice Brontosaurus drawing.

The techniques we will use can be used to draw just about anything!

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Tim Borkert

Landscape Painter



Hi! I'm Tim Borkert. 

I am a professional artist specializing in oil landscapes. However, like most artists, I work in many mediums. 

Most of my work comes from commissions. I love it when someone brings me an old picture of a homestead or view from their honeymoon that they want memorialized as a painting. It is truly humbling and an honor to be a part of their life in that way. My paintings are in collections all over the world.

You can view more of my works on my website or when you follow me on Instagram.


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1. Introduction and Dip Pen Practice: we're going to draw an ink. This a Margus Oris If I'm saying right, who knows? This is a really interesting dinosaur where I had to do a lot of research into it because the more I looked into it, the more I realized that we have no idea what it looks like. Every artist rendering of it that I could find was different. Some of them looked like this and I thought this was the coolest ones. That's the one that I choose to make it for a main drawing. Some of them looked like this where they had big spikes and not the ridge along its back. And then still more had ones like this that had, like, a sale for the neck and then a ridge on the back. But this one has a ridge along the whole neck and back with some little spikes. That was cool and wouldn't be too hard to ah to draw now for supplies. Uh, if you're just gonna do the drawing portion, then all you need is a pencil, an eraser and some paper. Just some could be any type paper doesn't really matter now. If you want to follow along with the inking portion of it. You can either just use a regular pin or Well, I'm gonna do is I'm going to be using a dip in. I really like Depends that a lot of fun. Very easy to use once you learn how to use them. And it doesn't take long at all to learn how to use them. They're very satisfying. The processes is really nice. Now, this is a nice step in. I got this in a set is about $20 for a set of five of them. But if you're just started out, you can get a very inexpensive one. This costs, I think, $3. And it came with a set of ink, and, um, this works very well. Very fine lines. So before we get to drawing this, I'm going to do a little tiny tutorial on how to use the depends so that, uh, you know, you have that under the belt, and really, they're fun to play with, So let's get started with that. Okay? With a dip in, how does we use an inkwell? So it's a bottle of ink. I'm using some India ink. Here. It came from Japan. This is really nice stuff. Um, but you can use there's all sorts of these that you can find Any art store is gonna have like this. You can use Bombay Inc These air. Really. It's really easy to find this type of ink. This one's a C p. A color. I like drying in the brown for a lot of my watercolor paintings. You can also use a acrylic ink that works fine, too. And there's tons and tons. I mean, we could go on forever, shine a different types of things, but we're just going to use this India ink today. What you do is you take your dip in and you dip it right there. Splattered sneaks. He got to be careful with that. Has a bubble in there that I popped Wipe it off a little bit, and then you're right. When you're using a dip in, you always pull away from you. Never push. You can break the tip of the pen if you push so you can start out with a really fine line by putting almost no pressure. And then the more pressure you put you could make wider and wider lines and then you could lift off is a skill that you'll learn, the more you do it, you just start to come naturally from you. What to be more of, ah, bold line. Press down in line. You just lift up and also make really fine hatch marks here. One question you get or I think about, and I hear people ask it out, is when do you know when it's about to run out? Well, the more you do it, the the more you just kind of get a feel when that's gonna happen. I skipped the feeling of Oh, I'm starting to press my luck. It's about thrown out. So then I go ahead and dip it. But, as you can see last quite a long time, a lot longer than you might think. Do this a little bit until it starts to run out. You'll see what it looks like when it runs out. See right there. That's what happens and ends pretty abruptly. There's still some on there. You'll notice it more. When you're pressing down, you see how the times of the pin spread apart. There's not enough geek to bridge that gap. You still have some totally out you can breast down. You can see now that the ink spans those times. One other thing you've got to keep in mind using a dip in is that the ink dries slower than it does with a regular Ken. So let's keep that in mind. Get really tiny with your details smaller even than with a pencil. Just make it tiny little marks for shading I love depends. It is not something you could do with the ball point pen for even a, uh, normal drawing pin. Really cool. Is that that's all there is. That's all there is with depends. One other thing you need to keep in mind is when you're done using them, you need to wash them. If this dries, the ink dries on your pin. That can really impede the flow and could be really hard to get off. So right now I'm gonna go and I'm gonna wash this pin soon as I'm done here 2. Basic Guide Lines: and, like always, we're going to start our drawing out with a simple shape. It's hard to tell here on the video right now. I'm using such a light hand. It's important to use the light hand. I talk about that all night videos for these first initial sketch lines. I need to be really light and it doesn't really matter a whole lot because we're gonna go through, and I just almost everything here is you're just gonna be some guidelines to get us started getting it something down on the paper to get you started. So I'm gonna make the tail here again really lightly. He don't want to come to like a sharp tip kind of a rounded tip and we'll adjust this a little bit later. I guarantee it. I'm starting to kind of decide where I want the belly. But again, this can all be changed. We're using pencil so it can be erased. And again with the back, I'm going to start making the neck and another oval for the head. Remember, the nick on this has that giant sale or whatever. That Ridge River it is along the neck. So it's gonna look weird Right now. It's not really fat. It's got this ridge standing on it that will make more sense. As we continue with our drawing, I'm gonna refine this neck a little bit. I don't like how it's coming down. He was gonna move it kind of attached to the chest there. That is a whole lot better. Instead of kind of like a bubble neck. Well, I'm sure the will will refine this a lot more in a bit. You know, we make the shoulder. This dinosaur has a shoulder that's way out front. Some of them are farther back in the body, but this one's way out front. I'm just making ovals for his bicep in his forearm. We'll go on rule will refine all this later. Kind of a triangle for his foot. No, I'm just making the line. After I put the foot down. I always great the line for where his foot standing that'll help me with the other feet, know where they should be positioned. You definitely don't want, like the hind foot, the one that I'm working on right now to be lower. Then, ah, that one in front. He's taking kind of a step forward. Remember, with animals, their elbows are facing backwards, upset from their hind legs. Science are also had kind of weird legs. And all of the illustrations that I could find had mawr like horse legs than other dinosaurs do. So they're a bit thinner, a little bit longer. I'm just creating the ridge. This would be where his backbone is. If we were drawing a normal dinosaur, this would be his back in the top of his back. Everything above that is the ridge. You erase some of these guidelines so that we're not confused when you don't through the guidelines, there's nothing wrong with erasing them. Just be sure that you're done with them, because once they're gone, they're gone. We'll work on the hind leg here like another oval that another over for his knee and a triangle for his foot. And these back legs are quite a bit larger in the front legs. You see that? A lot of dinosaurs trying to figure out where exactly. I want this rear leg, the one that's in the back to come out of this will be adjusted. This doesn't look so great right now, but we'll fix all that. That's why this is the but the just the basic drawing. The under drawing 3. Legs: Okay. This next step is we're gonna find the final lines for these legs. Gonna outlined them is gonna be the final ones that will use in our drawing. So I take the guidelines that we put in, and I'm just gonna kind of decide where I want these final leg lines to be. Got the knee there, That kind of a little bolds there for the front of his calf. And then again, a bulge for the back of the calf. You got that muscle there then? Like I said, this time, sore had a weird shaped leg is more thinner. Not as muscular and large as some of the other dinosaurs. So that's how we're gonna draw it. You could draw a nice, big and fat muscular if you wanted to. I think it would still look just fine like that. Do the same thing for this back leg again. Give that back calf muscle a little bit of a bulge. This foot is pushing off. So? So it's gonna be shaped a little bit differently. The muscle and legs in the shape a little bit differently. Is this gonna be flexing differently? Really? We're only gonna have the toes on the ground here. Race thes guidelines. So it gives me a better idea of exactly how this leg is looking. I'm just gonna put in this belly line here. You may adjust this later. See, I have that little bulge back. They're not sure what that is, but a lot of the dinosaurs had that writing this bud, we'll add, thinks thes legs like wrinkles and stuff here in a bit. Right now, we're just going to be worried about the outline of it. They almost look like human legs. They were just very strange looking legs. Well, I'm doing here is I'm trying to decide because of the ridge on its back. It's kind of hard to tell how high up the legs should go. So that's all I was doing. I'm just in the belly here. That's important. Show us where the legs are connected to the body. We need to know where the belly was. Now I'm doing the exact same thing, but only in the four legs. Just finding the outline of the outside of it and it's gonna be similar. Shaped to the rear legs on Lee. It's gonna be less muscular these are even scrawny your legs. But those wrinkles in like that, it makes it look like there is a area flexes anywhere that your animal. This goes for people or anything, anywhere that something moves and flexes and a joint. It's gonna have some wrinkles, and we're just doing the exact same thing with the like this behind him and that just about finishes up with the legs will make some find a little adjustments here and put in some wrinkles at the base of his foot. That's important makes it look like it is a weighty dinosaur that we're gonna do that. 4. Head and Neck: head in the neck. No one knows what the head of this dinosaur looks like. We have never found a skull for one. In fact, there's only been one skeleton of this dance were found ever really, really, really guessing on what they looked looked like. But researchers believe it looks similar to a horse's head. So we're gonna make something similar to what we make with the stegosaurus or a brontosaurus head. Just ah, leaf eaters Head. Um, it's gonna have kind of those big, fat lips. Really simple head. We're not gonna work, too, too hard on it because there's not much to put in, especially considering the size of his head compared to the rest of his body. So after we finish up with the neck, put in a neck vein and some more wrinkles from where the neck would be moving, then we'll put in the head. We'll start with the jawline. It's hard to see their time covering up with my fingers, but second you'll see we'll make the John line in the lip and then the upper snout and a little bit of a crest for the eyes, the top of his head and then, without putting in too much detail, you can overdo. This will put in the eye a few wrinkles around the eye to show the socket and then some wrinkles around his nose just to give him a little bit of character. And that's all we need to do for the head. Don't worry too much about the head gets some basic shapes. It's so small compared to the rest of the dinosaur, you don't need to go into a really crazy details. 5. Skin Details: Now, here's where we get into the fund part of the dinosaur for me. I really don't like making the legs and the heads fund. I have a lot of trouble with with legs, but this is the fun part where decide exactly where I want this crest to go, and then we're gonna add all sorts of little details kind of some spots and some areas to give this dunce where a lot of character and keep it from being plain and boring. Really? We're basically done with the shape of the dinosaur. At this point, we'll refine a few things, like the base of this tale and a few other things. But really, the the bulk of the drawing is done. See, I didn't like the shape of that tail there, so I just erase it. You do it now, I'm gonna create some shading underneath his neck, get some few marks that show that some wrinkles. Same thing with the sale. We'll have, like, these little dark spots on Will stripes that come down and this is just using my imagination. I imagine we have absolutely no idea if it actually looked like this. But a man Newsome Stripes to him. Try and make it look as organic as possible. Make your lions irregular. Don't make really straight sharp lines. It's gonna be like a camouflage for this dinosaur and camouflage things. You want to be random, and you could break it up by adding spots like the stripes are broken. This really hands a lot to our dinosaur and makes it look really cool. Because, really, there's not a lot going on with this dinosaur. We don't have super crazy spikes coming out. We don't have a lot of muscles. Not any big, scary teeth, Anything like that? No, I'm transitioning from some stripes up and down into one long colored area along the base and down his tail. I think this is gonna look really cool when we're done. I'm just erasing that guideline for its backbones. We don't need it anymore. No, I know where the sale is. I have this the stripes in that Help me with that. If you erase over something you want to keep, you gotta go back and put those back in. And that's what I just did. I'm gonna add some more wrinkles and some lines. Wanna put some belly lines in here, the scales in the belly a little bit different than the ones on the side. The markings on the belly a little bit different. Pull up a shading in there. It doesn't require much, but even just a little bit goes a long way. It makes it look really cool, adding some more wrinkles from where his legs would be flexing and again making its belly upon Ethan. Here, when you want to do this for the tail, too, make the underside is to look a bit different than the top. It looks like there's some muscles that run along here. Help it move its tail. These little details really make a huge difference. Adds more. Just a little tiny, tiny specks of things. More lines, some more wrinkles. All these things just help. Help sell the illusion. You don't want any blank white areas 6. Spikes: now for the little spikes on his neck. I'm gonna speed this up. This is sped up to about two times as fast is what I normally would do it because all we're doing is making spikes. And once you've seen how to do three or four, then, uh, you can do them all. So we're just gonna make spikes. Don't make them perfectly evenly spaced. Um, yeah, make it a little bit varied. And very the height of each one. Just slightly. Maybe in some areas, like along his neck, make them a little bit longer. Then, as they get farther back towards the tail on the tail will get pretty small. You can see I'm making these a little bit longer here again. And all these are triangles, long, skinny triangles. There's not a lot to talk about here, so I'll just let you, uh, finish watching me make these spikes 7. Finishing The Legs: Now, the last thing we're gonna do is the muscles on the legs. Normally, I'll do these when I do the legs, but I wasn't sure if I liked where they're positioned. So I wanted Teoh save those for last before I putting work onto the details wanted to see how it looked with rest the body. And I think they're okay again. These are weird looking legs, but all the pictures that I saw these dinosaur had weird looking legs. So basically, we're going to create these little sea shapes that show the contours of linked its We're trying to show that they're round. They have muscles anywhere. Where there's a joint like the back of the knee, you're gonna put these radiating, uh, lines that look like wrinkles. Put a line up and down in the back to show the muscle of his calf where might be bulgy in a little bit. And then basically, you do the same thing with the front legs. After we finish with this, we're just gonna go around and make little tiny changes at a little details. Maybe a little bit of ah, wrinkles, some folds of skin in places all over our dinosaur, just making it as perfect as we can at the toenails in It's hell. I like to put a little little line kind of Ah, an angle or L shape along the the hell just to show some muscles there because the the hell moves in a little bit. It's not flat. Sometimes it's a good idea to set your drawing aside and and do something for 10 minutes and come back. And then you can decide if you I need to add something or maybe take something away. Sometimes I'll come back and think, uh, that looks terrible. And then Ali race a whole leg or a whole head or something and start again. Other times, I'll decide that the best thing to do is just start over. That's fine. It may take you several several times to get a dinosaur that looks nice, and that's normal. Often for these lessons, I'll practice drawing a dinosaur three or four times. Sometimes the 1st 1 looks best. Sometimes the last one does. Okay, we're about ready to ink it so you can get your depend ready or your regular pin, whichever you prefer, and, um, we will go over all of these lines that we want to keep with the dip in Now for the depend section, I'm going to speed that up quite a bit because, you know, it takes 30 40 minutes to think something nicely because you take your time and you go slowly. 8. Inking With A Dip Pen: now for the pin and inking. I've sped this up about three times as fast is what I actually did it, um because it just takes so long. And Ah, really, There's not a lot to talk about. We're just going over the lines that we have already done. Start. If you're right handed, you're gonna start on the left side of the page. If you're left handed, you're gonna start on the right side of the page because you don't want your hand moving over into this ink because it stays wet for a lot longer than most pens do. And all it takes is one bad smudge. And I do smudge in one area on its back. Uh, all it takes is one bad smudge to ruin your drawing. Now a little bit of smudge can be fixed, and what you do is you just make that area dark, make that line a little bit thicker if it's a really small smudge. But if it's a giant one, there's not a lot that can be done about it. This condemn definitely not be erased. Well, I'm gonna let you watch me, Inc This for the rest. If you want to, uh I appreciate you watching it. If you made it this far, if you liked it, review would be gratefully helpful. And, um, I would really like it to see your dinosaur. You can either, uh, posted here on skills here. Or you can, um uh, posted to instagram. If you have access to Instagram and tag me at Tim War Kurt, I'll put that on the screen here, and, um, I would love to see it and comment on it. Well, I'm just gonna let you watch this on your own. I stopped commentary, and I will see you in the next video. Okay, Dr.