Ink Illustration: Bold Lines & Fearless Style

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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12 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:16
    • 2. Traditional Workspace

      2:41
    • 3. A Short Film: Inking in the Dark

      2:31
    • 4. Digital Workspace

      1:21
    • 5. Software and Digital Tools

      4:00
    • 6. Composing The Scene

      8:02
    • 7. Ink and Shadow

      4:52
    • 8. Celebrating Your Influences

      1:16
    • 9. Playful Lines: Quentin Blake

      2:36
    • 10. Fearless Hatching: Maurice Sendak

      5:28
    • 11. Mysterious Shadows: Edward Gorey

      14:02
    • 12. Your Class Project

      1:25
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Project Description

The Project

Create an ink illustration inspired by one of your favorite illustrators.

The Assignment

1) Reflect on your inspirations for a moment. Who is an illustrator that inspired you to be creative? Got one? Good. Get to google and begin collecting a folder of images of their work. Look closely at the way the artist uses inky lines to give tone and texture to their compositions.

2) Start your composition by choosing an animal you like to draw and imagine them in a natural setting. In my lesson, I picked 'sleepy cat in the jungle.' Use the 'composition template' I've attached to this lesson to structure your sketch. Keep it loose and have fun!

3) Now, ink over your sketch. Imagine that you're working in the world of your reference artist. Ink in the style of that world's reality.

The Deliverable

Upload your final illustration to the project gallery as well as an image from your reference artist. Share some words on your experience too! Everyone likes to hear about a successful creative journey!

Your Teacher's Example Project

In my class, I inked my drawing in the style of three of my favorite illustrators (watch the class to find out who!). But I could help but do a fourth. This is 'sleepy cat in the jungle' inked in the style of illustrator, Garth Williams. To be honest, it's my favorite of the bunch :)

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My inspiration came from his soft hatchwork found in the book, Stuart Little.

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