Sketching in Pen & Color (Ages 16+)
Artists’ fine line markers are not just for careful detail work – they’re also great for quick sketches. Drawing in pen means you can let go of perfectionism and instead go with the flow – of ink! This expanded class will begin with an exploration of pen techniques for all kinds of styles and effects. Then, with the addition of color – with colored pens, a few colored pencils, watercolor pencils, pastels or watercolors – you can create fresh and lively frame able art or fill a journal. Forget erasing and fixing things, just loosen up and have fun drawing! Weather permitting; this class will draw outdoors too. All participants will receive at least one artist-quality drawing pen to keep.
Original piece Dune Path by Melissa Miller Nece.
Supply List: You will only need 3 things – a pen, some paper, and a coloring medium. All participants will receive one artist’s quality fineline marker.
- Artist markers or illustration pens – bring at least one medium or fine point pen in black or brown (sepia) OR just plan to use the one you’ll get in class. You may want a couple of additional point sized or colors.
Possible brands include – this is just a partial list: Sakura Pigma Micron, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens, Cretacolor Studioline Artstik, Stabilo Point 88 pens, Copic Multiliner, Pentel Hybrid Technica, Prismacolor Premier Illustration Markers, Koh-i-Noor Rapidograph technical pens are fine too, if you have them!
- Color products – choose at least one, whatever you have or want to bring.
- Colored pencils (small set, 6 – 12 colors, any brand)
- Watercolor pencils (small set, 6 – 12 colors, any brand) with brush and small water container
- Watercolor pocket set (6 – 12 colors in small pans) with brush and small water container
- Colored marker sets – brush time or fine line types
- Sketchbook or pad – choose one that’s good quality, preferable able to accept light application of we media
- Small to medium size (5×6, 8×10, 9×12” or wide “landscape” format)
Possible paper choices include – again, just a partial list!: Any brand of Bristol pad, vellum or smooth Any good watercolor papers (Arches, Canson Montval, Strathmore, Fabriano, Lana, etc.) – blocks or pads (postcard sized blocks are fun) Canson 1557 Drawing (Pure White, Classic Cream or C à Grain) Canson Mix Media or Illustration or Mi-Teintes, Strathmore Mixed Media, Bee Paper/Aquabee Pen Sketcher’s, Co-Mo, Nature, Landscape or Hemp Sketch, Crescent Rendr or Graffiti Paper (bleed-proof papers for colored art markers)
Read the paper’s packaging to see if it’s suitable for the media you intend to use.
Note that all Canson pads list the uses of various papers inside the top cover.