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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?


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.

77 of 78 students recommendSee All

A great class with plenty of details and considerations along each step of the process. I really appreciate Roman's philosophy on art (exploration vs. putting too much pressure on getting the perfect image). It's a healthy approach regardless of your level. The class provides a good foundation that you can take with you as you continue to discover what types of marks you like to make.
Thai Dang

UX designer brushing up on art

Inspiring to branch out into drawing with Ink and to get creative! Simply put, it's fun.
I love this fun and valuable class!!!





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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