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Ink Pen Stippling - Ancient Greek Coin

teacher avatar LaVonne, Artist, Illustrator

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8 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies Needed

    • 3. Outlining Image

    • 4. Shading Dark Areas

    • 5. Adding Details

    • 6. Adding Background

    • 7. Adding Final Details

    • 8. Project Assignment

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About This Class

Level up your stippling skills by learning how to create an ancient Greek coin! 

I will teach you step by step the stippling techniques needed to create shading and details.

Don't let the complexity of this piece scare you! Stippling is actually quite easy and very forgiving. It really isn't complex at all, it just looks that way. If you are new to stippling or want to practice first, you can take my Basic Ink Pen Stippling Class.

Here is the coin that I used for reference:


You can use this or any other coin of your choice.

Stippling is a fun, relaxing way to express your creativity. Although it can be time consuming, it is a relatively inexpensive medium to use. You only need paper and a few ink pens. There’s no messy cleanup and you can stop and start your project at your leisure. 

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Artist, Illustrator


Hello, I'm LaVonne. I have been drawing since I was very young. I love creating things -  drawing, painting, sculpting - as long as I am creating something, I feel content.

I have worked as a Graphic Designer as well as an Art Director at an advertising agency. I look forward to sharing my knowledge on Skillshare!

Some of my favorite mediums to work with are ink pen, colored pencils, pastel pencils and Procreate app on my iPad.

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1. Introduction : hello and welcome in this class. I will teach you techniques that will level up your ink pen stippling skills. I will show you step by step, how to create this ancient Greek coin. You can use these techniques to create other coins or any other subject matter that you choose using ink pen stippling. Be sure to sign up for premium membership if you haven't already grab your supplies and let's start creating. 2. Supplies Needed: for this class, you'll need paper. I will be using Strathmore Artist tiles six by six. But you could also use Strathmore, bristol, smooth paper or any other type of paper that is smooth. You will also need a pencil to draw the image in first before we start thinking and hopefully not but have an eraser on hand. You also need a set of pans. I use Ka Pik multi liner set, a fine neb inking pens, and I prefer these because they have smaller nabs that go from 0.3, which is the largest all the way down to point 03 which is the smallest. But you could use any other set, such as fabric casto, pit artist pens, Pigna, Micron pens or Prisma color Premier pins. That's it for the supplies. Now let's get started. 3. Outlining Image: all right. The first thing that you're going to do to make the ancient Greek coin is to get your image onto your paper. Now you can draw that by hand with a pencil order. You can trace it on there. However you would like. I won't judge. Just get Thean image of the great coin onto your paper. And once that is on there, what I'm going to dio looking at the reference photo, you can see some areas that are very, very dark. They're going to be pretty dark, which is pretty much the whole outline, uh, of the embossing on the coin. So I am going to start with a larger nib pen, which is point three, and what I'll do is I will show you what I'm doing, and then I'll speed it up a bit. And then I will finish the rest of the outlining off camera so that I don't bore you sitting here making thousands and thousands of dots, but I will show you what I'm doing for now. And then we will meet back here in just a little bit. So I am just very gently creating the stippling dots along the outline that I drew, and that's pretty much it. For now. It's not super exciting, but we have to do it. - Okay , I'm just going to continue on like that. I am going to do this off camera and I will meet you back here and show you what I did. 4. Shading Dark Areas : All right. So I outlined the entire, um, coin, the embossed part. I outlined all of that with the 0.3 pan, and if you can see all zoom in those air all tiny, tiny little dots, we have our stippling foundation set, and we will now move on to the next step. Okay, For the next step, I am going to look at my reference photo, and I'm going to look for a really dark areas. So I'm going to start with this area by her arm crease and underneath here because that is a pretty dark area. So I'm going to continue to use the 0.3 and we will start filling in this dark area with some more dots. We'll be pretty safe here because that this is a dark area on the coin. So you really can't mess up. So just started stippling inside of there, and we'll fill that in. All right, now that we feel that portion and let's move on to the next darker area, which I'm going to choose right in here. But if you'll notice, you know there's some grayscale variations in here, we'll just focus on the really dark areas in our drawing, we will start putting those dots in there in the dark area. All right, so I darkened in this area here where it will be very dark. And I am now going to continue to do that with the rest of the coin. I will do that off camera. I will just pick all of the areas that are extremely dark and used the method that I just showed you with the point. Oh, I'm sorry. 00.0 point three. There it is. 0.3 pen and I am going to darken and all of the areas that you see on the reference photo that are extremely dark. So in the next section I will show you what that looks like and we will continue on 5. Adding Details : all right. Now that we've completed that step, we have all of the darker areas more pronounced and starting to take shape. So we're going to move on to the next step. And in order to keep the project from looking flat, we're going to use various pressure and we're going to use various nib sizes. So I'm going to move down to the 0.1. And what we're going to start doing now is taking some of these darker areas and blending them out, so to speak, Uh, t create that gray scale, that gray scale look. So I will demonstrate how that will look so continuing on the darker areas that you just did. We're going to use very slight pressure and less dots, and we're going to start pulling that out a little bit by pulling that out. I mean, we're going to bring that edge out a little bit with the smaller name size, small light dots don't go too heavy too fast. And we're going to go around the dark areas that we just created, looking at your reference photo and start creating that gray scale effect so that it has a more embossed look And by doing this, this keeps your project from looking flat. If you just use the same size nib and the same pressure, your project will look flat and it won't appear three dimensional. So we're going to do this so that we can start obtaining that that three dimensional look so again light pressure sparingly and the dots and will take a step back and see how that looks once we get these in and we will take it from there. But in the meantime, I'm just going to do this area using the technique that I just told you about. Smaller dots, less dots and start building that up and we'll see how that looks. Be sure to leave the white areas where they show in your reference photo because that is also going to make it look three dimensional. And give it that more in Boston. Look, - now I'm going to use the point 05 which I believe is the smallest 0.5 Yes, that is the smallest nib pen that I own. So we're then going to go over a little bit what we just did and fill in some of those areas with the 0.5 When you're working with a nip size this small, it may not appear that anything is even really happening, but it is. They're just very, very, very small dots. And actually, I can see underneath this arm area right here can be darker. So I'm going to go back to the 0.1 and filled it in a bit more so that it brings that out. So now back to the 0.5 I'm going to start working on the gray scale here in this shield, being sure to leave the lighter areas. For now, I'll leave those white, so just very carefully. Very lightly. Start adding your dots, and I am gonna go ahead and do this off camera and I will show you what it looks like when I'm finished with this shield area with the 0.5 pen. All right, so this is what I came up with after I went in with the 0.5 pan, and now this is starting to take shape. It's starting to not look as's flat as it did as these other areas do. It looks more rounded and more m boss. So I'm going to now, move on. I'll move on to this area right here, and I'm going to keep doing the same thing that I had just showed you. And just sparingly, lightly make dots. So I will do this area and I will be back once I have finished it. All right, So now I have put down the dots in this area here and you could see. Like I said, it's starting to take shape. So I am going to continue with the 0.5 and I'm going to work on this robe area here using the same method that I had just showed you. Very light pressure, applying the dot sparingly and just starting to form Thean vast areas in the road here. So I am going to go ahead and continue and do that, and I will see you back here. All right. I have finished the robe area here on her leg, and I was able to create the folds in the room using the 0.5 pen. And now I am going to move up into this area here, and just like we did in the previous sections, I would just continue shading the area with the 0.5 light pressure, minimal thoughts. And that's how you'll be able to create the shading. Okay, so I'm just going to continue doing that off camera. And when I come back, I'll show you what this area looks like. All right. Now, I have finished that area, and I am going to move on to the arms now. Still using the 0.0 fives. Very small, Um, nib I'm going to start shading in the arm. Well, I'll do both both of the arms the same way that we did the other areas creating one by one , the little dots. - All right, I'm just going to continue doing that until I have both of the arms shaded. I will do this off camera and will see you back. All right. I have finished working on her arms and the chest area, and now I am going to move on to the face. So again, with the 0.5 ka pik multi liner, I am just going to and so more dots, uh, I will finish the rest of the hat with the plumage. I will finish that off camera and I will see you back here now that I have done the face, the hat, the plumage I'm going to move on to Honestly, I don't even know what this is. It looks like some sort of little angel doll, or I really don't know. I have to look and see what that is that she is holding. And I will also do the staff here behind her. So we'll continue with the points over five, and we will add the shading into these areas. All right, I'm going to finish with this same technique, and I will finish this and I will see you back here and will start working on the letters. So I have put the details and here and in the staff and the ribbon. So let's move on to the lettering. We will add the details like we were just doing with the 0.5 pen and we will add the details into the letters. - All right, so you get the idea. You see what I'm doing? I am going to finish that off camera. I will finish these letters in these letters with the details like I just showed you and I will be right back now I have all of the details in the coins. I have all of the details in the rest of the embossed coin area. In the next section, we will start working on the coin background. 6. Adding Background : Okay, we are in the home stretch. We're going to start working on the coin background. As you could see, it's got a lot of texture. We're not going to be able to capture all of that. But with the stippling, we're going to be able to, um, create a very interesting texture that that will give the idea of the coin background. So we're going to start working on the shadows first. I'll start doing this area down here. I'm going to use the 0.1 copy multi liner ink pen, and we will begin by making dots like pressure. At first we can get a feel for it. We don't want to go too heavy with too many dots to sin. We can always add them in later. But we just want to start getting some shading under this foot and robe and thrown shield combo here so we will start putting that in. Now. This area is where the shadow starts fading out. So weaken retreat that by adding dots but with more spacing in between, so that it's not a solid, and then it creates that gray scale effect, so more dots closer together right underneath where you want the dark areas and then as you go down further, last dots more spaced in between h dot and he's conceive how that that creates that effect . So we'll keep doing that along the bottom here. So now that you get the idea, I am going to go ahead and go off camera and continue adding the dots sparingly, fewer and further between two. Fill in this area at the bottom and I will see you back in a moment. All right, I have finished stippling the bottom portion of the coin background, and now I'm going to use the 0.5 and kind of blend that in even further this darker area that we started with and just kind of pull that shadow out a little more. But with the smaller pan, it will give it very nice depth and dimension when I am finished. So continue putting the small dots on top of the dots that you previously made and down a little bit further, kind of filling in those spaces that you can see still have some white. That's where you can kind of aim with the smaller nib pen where you can put those dots. You could see how that nicely blends out and down. And then I will show you. Now how to create these ancient coins Have a lot of these Div. It's this just character of the metal of the coins. So we're going to use that 0.0 funny pen to create those. And they're they're very settle. But they do, and up giving your coin a more realistic look so you could just start to re create some of the shapes very lightly, very gently random. You don't have to be ultra precise. You can even follow along where you've created some of these other dots and just kind of fill them in a bit. And just just give it that coin character just like that and nothing crazy, nothing too precise. Just very random will also start using this small pen to put in more dots in the background along with the divot marks. And I will go ahead and finish this off camera this section down here and I will meet you back here. I have finished this lower quadrant of the background. I used the 0.5 pan to create more of the Div. It's like I have previously explained and filled in a little bit more of this area to help with that gray scale effect. Now I going to look at my reference photo and I am going to do exactly the same on the next quadrant of the coin. So first, I will use the 0.1 for the darker areas and blend those hard edges not hard edges those darker edges. Blend them out a little bit with the 0.1, and then I will go in with the 0.0 five and create the background. And again, if there are any of the small character lines in the metal, will create those the same way that we did in this section. So I am going to go ahead and do that off camera. And when I get back, I will show you what this Quadrant looks like. Okay, I have finished this section now, and I'm about to get really excited because this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love stippling. One minute you're working on your project and it looks like 1/3 grader and you get kind of dismayed and go. I don't know if I can pull this off or not, and you keep working at it and you keep going in the next minute, starting to look pretty good. So keep with it, they get better. So I am going to do the next quadrant up here on the top, using the same method that I had just previously shown you with the 0.1 around the darker areas. And then I'll go back, what, the 0.5 to fill in the lighter areas. And that's what I will do again for this top section. And you just keep making those dots. Keep filling that in, and it starts to come together. One thing that I wanted to mention to please keep in mind when you're doing this. I know you're watching this class, and I'm not sure the total length of this class, you know, might might be half hour, 45 minutes or something, maybe an hour. But keep in mind that I spend some of the sections up to show you so that you wouldn't have to be bored and sit here and watch me make every single dot and then I also went off camera , so I've probably got about three hours worth of work in this so far between speeding up and working off camera. So this this isn't an instant gratification technique. This is a slow and steady kind of thing, but the results are, well, well worth it to me. I just find it really amazing. So it's just one of those things, Stippling you. Either I love it or you don't. I happen to love it, so I hope you do, too. And I hope you create a coin and post it in the project section later on because I'd love to see your work. But to me, like I said, Stippling is is very, very rewarding. Just just keep with it. Keep going. I find it very relaxing, very meditative. It's a very forgiving. You don't have to be super precise, but it ends up looking extremely, extremely precise, even though it really isn't and strange. But it really isn't and I just love it. So I am going to go off camera. I'm going to finish this top section the background like I did with the other background sections, and I'll meet you back here when we can finish off this section so I'll keep at it and I'll see you in a little while. This area at the top is now filled in, and I am going to trudge on and finish this very last quadrant 0.1 I'm sorry. 0.1 and point 05 are going to do the trick. Looking at my reference photo, going to fill in the darker areas with the 0.1 and then the lighter areas. I will create those with the 0.5 and I'll get that filled in and I'll be back. We are moving right along now. I have all of the background put in, so stay, tend in the next section is the last section. Ah, we will add more details. 7. Adding Final Details : okay in this section, we are going to add more details. This is the final stretch here. We're going to look at the reference photo and I'm going to see, you know, maybe where I could put some more darker areas with the point three pen or the 30.1, Maybe add some more texture down at the bottom. Here, maybe add some more texture up in the this section. So I will just, um like I said, look at my reference photo and just add any last minute details that that I may have missed . Well, while I was filming this or doing it off camera during the class and just like I said, take a step back, look at it and just add any any little more details that you think it might need. Oh, I actually looked this up. Then I was speaking earlier about I wondered what this wasif It was an angel or what the heck, itwas I looked up this coin and I found out that this coin is from about 280 BC And this is the back side of the coin. The tails, if you will, the tail side of the coin and this is actually Athena. And she is holding the goddess Nike, which implicates victory. So this is the victorious Athena. Just a little history of this particular coin. I thought that was kind of interesting. Now, that kind of interesting that that was pretty cool. I like this kind of stuff. It's fascinating to me. Okay, so you get the idea. I am going in with my large 0.3. Penn. I am looking for any areas that could be a little bit darker, and I'm going to make those darker. I will look for any areas that I can use the 0.5 pen and maybe create some more texture that I might have messed and just just really find tin this. So I would do that off camera. And when I am done, I will show you the finished piece. Okay. This is the final ancient Greek coin stippled piece that we have been working on. You can see the details. I went back in and I used the 0.3 the 0.1, the 0.5 and even the 0.3 which is the tiniest nib that I have, and I went back in and just started to fill in any of the details that I thought, um, would complete the peace. So I will upload this into the project section for you to see, and in the next section I will give you the assignment for the project. 8. Project Assignment : your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to create an ancient coin using the stippling skills that you just learned. You can use the reference photo that I provided, or you can choose one of your own. Thank you very much for watching and, as always, have fun.