I belong to a Facebook group called Sketching Workshop, where 150 sketchers from around the world post sketches and provide comments and critiques on each other’s work. The purpose of the group is to share, and to learn.
Recently, a few of us collaborated to write a booklet called Pen & Ink: Drafting Techniques. Each wrote a five to six page article on a topic of his or her choosing. Since I’m not a formally trained artist, and I don’t have any particular advice on how to draw in pen and ink, I just wrote about two of my sketches, and the techniques I used to create them.
All of the contributors have benefited from the Sketching Workshop, and from other artists who share their work online. So although it took some time and coordination to produce this booklet, we wanted to give back, and to make sure Pen & Ink was available for everyone to read. So if you are interested, please click on the link below to download the PDF, and hopefully you’ll find something useful that helps you with your own sketches. And feel free to share it with anyone else who you think might be interested.
Pen & Ink: Drafting Techniques (click on link to download)
P.S. I enjoyed the process of creating this booklet as much as seeing the finished product. Despite working with seven people from five countries who I have never met, this was the first collaborative project I have worked on where no one spoke on the phone, and no one called an unnecessary meeting. Everyone trusted each other to do their part. Thanks to all of my fellow sketchers for making Pen & Ink such a fun and valuable experience.
P.P.S. The sketch above is of my son at his conference swim meet. Although not included in Pen & Ink, I used the same techniques to create this sketch that I wrote about in my article.