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Illustrating with Ink: Techniques for Brush and Pen

Roman Muradov, Illustrator

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11 Videos (1h 20m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials and Tools

    • Warm-up with Brushes

    • Warm-up with Nibs

    • Brush Techniques

    • Experimenting with Brushes

    • Pen Techniques

    • Create an Illustration

    • Further Inspiration

    • Conclusion

    • What's Next?

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About This Class

Master the art of ink with illustrator Roman Muradov's in-depth, step-by-step guide to drawing with brushes, nibs and other tools! 

Even if you don’t normally draw with brush and ink, there’s hardly a better way to hone your skills—once you master this delicate and subtle tool, all the other ones will seem easy in comparison. This class offers a detailed study of the various ink techniques, starting with the very basics for those who’ve never held a brush or a nib before, and ending with advanced and mixed techniques.

Key lessons include:

  • Essential materials and tools
  • Warm-up exercises with brushes and nibs
  • Experimental techniques
  • Combining techniques into a complete composition

Brushes and dip pens are excellent lie detectors—they immediately expose the artist’s insecurities and strengths. Whether you're a beginning inker or a seasoned artist, you'll gain an arsenal of tools that will allow you to experiment with illustration, develop a personal style, and create works that are completely your own.

131 of 132 students recommendSee All

Excellent, excellent Excellent!!! Too many wonderful gold nuggets of information to count in this class. I will need to re-watch multiple times
One of the best classes on Skillshare! What you learn here can really inspire you to apply new techniques to any kind of work! Also I find him very likable and the videos are shot and edited very well - it is a pleasure to watch, with no annoying default music or awkward camerawork and transitions. All in all a great course!
Great exercise. Really helped me loosen up and just enjoy the process.





Roman Muradov


Illustrator and cartoonist from Moscow, Russia, currently living in San Francisco. Clients include the New Yorker, New York Times, Penguin, Google and many others. Featured in the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), ADC Young Guns, American Illustration and numerous other shows.

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