Painting with Ink: Create An Ink Portrait of your Favorite Wild Animal | SP Van der Merwe | Skillshare

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Painting with Ink: Create An Ink Portrait of your Favorite Wild Animal

teacher avatar SP Van der Merwe, Illustrator & Cartoonist

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 4.

      Getting Started


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    • 6.

      Inking - Part 1


    • 7.

      Tips & Tricks


    • 8.

      Inking Part 2


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    • 10.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

If you share in my love for everything wild and wonderful, as well as my love for inking, this is the class for you.In this class I will teach you how to create a beautifully detailed ink portrait of your favorite wild animal. Whether it's a Burmese Python or a South African Wildebeest, the principles I teach in this lesson apply to them all.

I've been drawing all my life, and have been inking avidly for almost a year. During this time I have sold three of my Wildlife ink portraits to a Fine Art Gallery, and have also increased my follwing on social media. I am still growing in my art capabilities, but the feeling I got from completing my wildlife ink portraits was one that I felt I had to share. Even if you have little or no experience in inking, this course will help you create a work of art which you can be truly proud of, and set you down the path of cretive fulfillment.


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SP Van der Merwe

Illustrator & Cartoonist



Hello! My name is SP, and welcome to my home here on Skillshare!

I like being silly and drawing pictures, and even though I'm a bit camera shy, I love sharing my knowledge with people.

If you'd like to see what I draw on a more regular basis, you can follow me over at Instagram! 


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1. Introduction: Heidrun. My name is experience. I'm a freelance illustrator and videographer I've been illustrating since I was little, not recently decided to start practicing it full time. I participated in events such as in October and March of Robots, which forced me to going out to work with unfamiliar mediums. Searches Inc. In this close, I will be teaching at the paint a portrait of your favorite wild animals as well as guarding through the thinking process I'll be sharing. The techniques are used to help create the intricate details in my paintings. Is there some handy tricks that I picked up for voting my skills this close for anyone looking to improve on their But the principles peach can be applied to in order for most subject as well to grab your ink and brush, let's get started. 2. Summary: In this cross, you'll be creating a portrait of your favorite walls animal. The process will cover choosing the correct reference for the funding landmarks sketching the under drawing painting. Excuse venting. This close can be transferred to any media ble subject next to cover all the equipment needed to complete your wild animal. 3. Equipment: Let's talk about some of the equipment you will need for this project. Regarding the paper, you can use something like a little bit more thick of paper than usual. 200 grams or higher. The pains. If you want to use a textured paper or not, the result will differ a bit. But it's up to you. Then. For your under sketch, you can use something like a normal pain, so mechanical pencil. But I like to use a coloring pencil because it helps me to distinguish between my under sketch and the Actual Inc administration and the inclines. Do you race the under sketch? I just use a normal eraser. Obviously, this one is a little bit duty, but you have to clean that up. You can also use a petithory served like this. Very nice to get those individuals small points, then the brushes. You can use brush like this from Pinto big brush, but I find this one is a little bit finicky. The point splits often, and that irritates me of it. I don't use this one as much. Then this been the pain Tell brush pain period has been, has a little bit of a thick point, but if you're used to it, you can get pretty thin lines as well. Then, if you want to use the pain, you can maybe use something like a fine liner. I use this one. Sometimes they're easier to get in my country. But if you can get it, try to get something like this 0.5 millimeters diameter point. Very nice for doing this really fine detailed sketches. They are a little bit difficult for me to get, however, so I don't use them as much. The brush I will be using for this project is just a simple paintbrush with a thin, fine point you can actually gether with final in this. The reason I use this is because I could control the ink flow out of the brush by cleaning the brush off on a different piece of paper and then using on the main illustration. Obviously you have to use this with think, so I'll use just a simple calligraphy ink that I found in our covered and it's been working for me. Very fun, actually used a lot of it already, right? That's it for equipment 4. Getting Started: maybe to have a nice, clean work space. You don't have any imprints underneath the piper, so make sure the dust and everything is gone. And now water any liquids. Then I have a clean piper, which will be working on your sacrificial paper. We will be resting your hand on while you draw your colored pencil. Your brush racer, you think? Yeah, make sure it's clean. Nothing clean. You can stand up, sit down without pushing or bumping anything over, especially or in a bottle. So the next thing to do is to find the image you're using as reference for your painting. So just go to a Web browser search for something like wildlife by says on. Then find an image that who did you like? That's actually the most important thing. Something like this would work very nicely, something with intricate details and something that also fit into a portrait. Frank. If your image, for instance, this one doesn't fit into a portrait framed, you can always crop it off and then just focus on the one part in your illustration. After you found your image, the next thing to do is to try and find some landmarks that will help you find your way. We're doing the honest kitsch things like Do the eyes lineup. Is the face completely horizontal? Is it at a angle? Other stuff to note distances use this distance the same as justice. That's things like that. Like that will help you find your way when drawing down the drawing with your colored pencils. We're device the copy off your chairs and photograph on the project. 5. Undersketch: Okay, let's begin with the under sketch. This video is spit up to 200% to keep you guys from falling asleep. So let's start with the outlines. You'd like to use big shapes to find the boundaries off the face. Try to sketch out the landmarks first and then move on to bigger things. Remember to use your landmarks to help you find your way across the face of your portrait sketch. Been working on the face. Remember that symmetry is always visible in nature. So when you work around the face and the build up of your features off your animal, try to remember that the eyes and the years up to be the same and also bear in mind that if you your head is still, too, that that angle you'll have to compensate for the change in perspective. In this phase, I try not to focus too much on the details. I just try to get an overall basic blueprint off the animal, which I'm trying to paint. This is because we will be adding most of the details in the inking face. Also remember, depressed, likely with your colored pencil doesn't make erasing much easier after you completed the thinking process. Win sketching details such as favors or sports. I try not to worry too much, but we are placed them. I find that it is much more fun, and it helps the creative process when you do details such as the favors or the sports in the inking face. The placement of the pupils is very important when placing the pupils during your under sketch like sure that the distance between the age of the people and the in and out, the age over the eyes or the same for both of the others. If you don't get it right the first time, don't worry too much. I've still struggle with eyes and hyping, sketching them for quite some time before calling the under sketch finished. It is a good idea to go over. You're drawing one. What time to make sure everything lines up with your reference for it. There. I remember the first, a scanned copy or a photo of your Linus Cage on the project page 6. Inking - Part 1: right. So before we start inking, let's first practice on the page that you will be resting our palm on. Why linking the actual animal. Just let your hand glide over the page and remit to use your own from your shoulder, not to arresting when creating long lines like these. When drawing these lines, try to vary the thickness. It'll help you a lot when you get to painting your animal portrait. If when doing these long lines, the thing starts to fade from a crisp black to a dull grey, almost just dip your brush back into your ink bottle and start again. You can even paint over the lines again to get that crisp, dark black that you'd like for perfect in ministrations. Try to fill at least one page with the straight lines. Next. It is a good idea to fill another page with some small squiggly for quick lines Painting. These small lines were happy a lot when you have to paint things like fur or feathers. If you find yourself struggling with thinking your lines straight or you don't feel like things are going your way, try to fool another page or two pages even off these practice lines. If your lines are too thick and smudgy, try to remove the excess ink by tipping your brush on its side and just smearing it across your page. Very likely to remove that excess ink. Right? Americans thought on the animal portrait. So get up, Theo. Sacrificial paper. Pleasure poem on it. And let's just throw a couple of loose sketch lines. Get excess ink out of the brush, right? So when you feel really, it's time to start on the portrait. I know it can be scary, but just create your first line and you'll see just runs from the at first, just thought by drawings on small lives. And then, later on, you'll see you. When you get more confident, you can draw bigger and straighter lines with much more ease. I have spent of the footage from here on to prevent the video from running forever. The important thing years when you're right, ended it is based to start on the left hand side and work your way to the right, and if you're left handed, start on the right hand side and move your weight to the left. I found that this is the best way to prevent smudging off of your animal portrait. When it comes to areas which I recommend to start with. I don't recommend any. Actually, the best trick I found is to switch between different sections of your illustration to prevent diving into the details, too. Our zoomed in here to show you how only use the very tip off the brush to paint. It takes a little bit of practice to be able to use the brush like this. But if you keep practicing, your practice lines, as mentioned earlier, will develop this skill in no time. Squinting often can also help greatly when trying to judge if your proportions are correct , keep in mind of items in the fore and background. For instance, the whiskers off the cheetah or the beak, often out. Remember, you won't be able to the rice anything you think. So try and plan ahead somewhat before starting with a particular section. Remember to flip your image upside down once in a while to try and see there any problems with your proportions before calling your illustration than go over it one last time and at a couple of details in between the lines e I've already painted This will help your image feel fuller and complete. Don't ever do it. The remember less is more. In the next video, I will be sharing a couple of extra tips, which will help you build your creative confidence. Don't worry about particular completed illustration to the product. Page it if you want. You composed a progress further or scan of your illustration, even if it isn't finished. 7. Tips & Tricks: painting can be overwhelming. So year or a few tips for when you feel like things are going your way. Number one. Take a break. They chose a conscious mind. Work on how to solve the problem while you grab a snack. Or watch a quick episode of your favorite Siri's number to listen to an audiobook while you work. Put on audiobook as it helps your mind to relax and not to worry about making mistakes away . To go next with your brush number three from a couple of pages with your practice lines. Practicing these simple techniques over and over will build muscle memory and help you to control the brash mo accuracy. So now that you've taken your break, let's get back to painting. 8. Inking Part 2: for part two of the inking A painted another animal portrait, this time often out. The footage is sped up once again to reduce the lengthy process into a few short minutes, just like the painting inboard one. I start from the left inside and work my way to the right, and all those feathers and feathers form layers on whatever they find themselves in touch, too. So to distinguish between the layers of feathers tried to paint in small indications of shadows, the layers create on top of one another. When there is a large cost cheddar. Don't be afraid to color it completely black with ink. This will create a nice contrast, which will help push the item out of the background. Don't worry if you make a mistake. Mistakes are with maker painting yours so embraced them. I made a mistake on the different ink painting I did, and no one even noticed. Remember to always use your protective sacrificial paper. I have very sweaty hands and would not be able to produce a clean, finished drawing without. Some animals tend to take longer to paint and others. This out painting took twice as long as the cheetah and the elephant took me a week to complete. Don't be discouraged. Just keep at it and you will see the results. Remember to use the aforementioned painting tricks, such as squinting or flipping the page upside down to get the most out of your painting. Next, we will discuss arising the under sketch and completing the painting. 9. Erasing: Now that we have finished thinking our animal, it's time to raise the pencil on the sketch. The racing is fairly simple, however. One small mistake and ruin the paper or even Carolyn in erasing. Make sure to do the following. Make sure the ink on the paper is completely dry. Clean the eraser regularly. He rice gently erased only in one direction and be careful near the ages off the paper. If you manage to sketch likely in the under sketch face, your pencil markings should come off easily. 10. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much to everybody who joined me on this class and nobody. Now you can see what you're capable off by just taking it step by step. Next time, maybe try to incorporate some imagination into your portrait. Maybe an owl with it. Metallic beak, cheetah with a laser eye or something. And remember to upload your final illustration to the project page. Thanks again. Bye.