Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style

Yuko Shimizu, Illustrator, Instructor at School of Visual Arts

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14 Videos (1h 32m)
    • Introduction

    • Brushes and Nibs

    • Ink and Paper

    • Bonus Video: Da Vinci Artist Supply

    • Setting Up Your Materials

    • Asian Brushes vs. Watercolor Brushes

    • Brushstroke and Nib Techniques

    • Review

    • Calligraphy with Ai Tatebayashi

    • Illustrating Textures, Part One

    • Illustrating Textures, Part Two

    • Sketching and Scanning

    • Inking Your Sketch

    • Final Touches and Tips


About This Class

Master your illustration hand with award-winning Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu’s exquisite, detailed guide to essential inking and drawing techniques!

From selecting the best materials in the art store to digging into inking textures and styles, both the novice artist and the established inker will benefit from this all-access, on-location, 90-minute class. Lessons include:

  • Basic brush, nib, and ink techniques
  • Asian vs. watercolor brushes
  • Illustration textures
  • Sketching and scanning essentials
  • Inking fundamentals

Glimpse into Yuko’s personal critique process, and build skills that allow you to experiment in illustration, comic art, and high contrast. Nothing is more beautiful than brush and ink!


Images courtesy Yuko Shimizu

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Highly recommend this class! It was one of my favorites on Skillshare so far!
Jessica Nogueira


Awesome class, I'm very glad I watched it! It really helped to upgrade my ink drawings. I now know how to make them less flat and more expressive!
Awesome class. Yuko's patient overview of all of the materials and then applying them to task was excellent. The only thing I would have appreciated more would be to have a lengthier time-lapse of the inking of the final illustration. I think much can be learnt through observing hand positions and technique as ink is being laid down, stroke-by-stroke. I had never used the set of Asian brushes that I had sitting around for years, so was encouraged to try my hand with them. I hope Yuko posts more classes - would love the opportunity to learn from her further.





Yuko Shimizu

Illustrator, Instructor at School of Visual Arts

Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and a veteran instructor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Newsweek Japan chose Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects" in 2009. Her first self-titled monograph was released world-wide in 2011 and her first children's book, Barbed Wire Baseball, published in 2013.

Her work has appeared on t-shirts for The Gap and NIKE, on Pepsi cans, on VISA billboards, and on Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers published by Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics. Her work has also graced the pages of such publications as The New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and many others.

In fact, illustration is Yuko’s second career. Although art has always been her passion, she initially chose a more practical path studying advertising and marketing. Early in her career, she took a job in corporate PR in Tokyo, and she stayed in the industry for 11 years. In 1999, sensing an early midlife crisis, she finally made up her mind to pursue her childhood dream, and she moved to New York to study art for the first time.

Yuko graduated with an MFA from SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003, and she has been illustrating ever since. She now teaches the next generation of young artists in NYC at SVA and online at Skillshare.

(photo by Giorgio Arcelli)

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