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Ink Illustration: Bold Lines & Fearless Style

Ira Marcks, Illustrator

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12 Videos (51m)
    • Introduction

    • Traditional Workspace

    • A Short Film: Inking in the Dark

    • Digital Workspace

    • Software and Digital Tools

    • Composing The Scene

    • Ink and Shadow

    • Celebrating Your Influences

    • Playful Lines: Quentin Blake

    • Fearless Hatching: Maurice Sendak

    • Mysterious Shadows: Edward Gorey

    • Your Class Project


About This Class

Join artist and author Ira Marcks in his latest illustration class and learn to build stronger compositions, ink bolder lines, and utilize your inspirations.

This class is a close up look at the illustrative process. It begins in Ira's studio as he shares the two sides of his artistic life: traditional and digital. The following chapters of the lesson review composition layout, tools both digital and traditional, and Ira's favorite inking techniques and how he creates his professional work. But that's just the beginning.

Have you considered all the different ways a drawing can be inked?

Through a series of inking exercises, Ira looks deep into the styles of the artists that have inspired his work since childhood. Odds are, you know a few of them! This class is ideal for creative illustrators, visual designers, and everyone looking for new and exciting ways to draw and ink their ideas.

This lesson is filled with twists and turns through the inspirations and memories of an artist and wonders how we all find our unique place in the vast world of illustration. When you complete this journey, you'll never look at an inky line in the same way again.

10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Brilliant Class! Great tips and advice I will take on into my future work process.
WoooW this class just blowed my mind. Incredible! <3<3 <3





Ira Marcks


His books include a graphic novel, Witch Knots, an illustrated adventure book, The Aquarium Drift, and a kid's guide to artistic careers, Creative Every Day. His work is inspired by vintage cartoons, science fiction, poetry and children's books.

Ira's freelance work is a blend of illustration, design, and narrative. He has worked with large-scale public art projects, craft breweries, performing arts centers, educational programs, roller derby leagues, and culture papers.

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