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Ink Illustration: Bold Lines & Fearless Style

Ira Marcks, Illustrator and Cartoonist

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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

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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.

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Comparation of different inking styles is very interesting. And it's valuable that the artist is not only trying to ink, but also is explaining the nature, the deep sense of every style.
Widened my way of looking at inking process.
Inspiring class with wonderful examples, demos, and inspiration. Love how Ira shows his process. And the project looks fun too.





Ira Marcks

Illustrator and Cartoonist


Hello there! My name's Ira. I'm a cartoonist living in Upstate NY with my wife, dog, two cats and lots of books. In my classes, I explore creativity through cool topics like drawing, concept art, character design, world building, ink style, color schemes, comics, cartooning, storytelling, and lots-lots-lots more.

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