Start with the same scene or picture you used for Studio Study 5. This time complete it in a different pen-and-ink technique. Compare the two finished drawings. Analyze them to determine which is more effective and why it is.
It would take you a long time just to explore all the potential uses of pen and ink. But even more effects can be obtained by combining pen and ink with brush and ink, or using brush and ink alone.
When these are combined, the artist generally uses the pen to create values, a pointed brush to create contrasts, and a dry brush (only slightly dampened with ink) for texture.
If you find that you like to do ink renderings, you may want to obtain the necessary materials to practice brush techniques for ink rendering as well. Two water-color brushes, a No. 2 and a No. 6, should be sufficient. Red sable is always preferable, but camel hair is satisfactory for beginning. An inexpensive blunt-end camel-hair brush is a good investment for work in the drybrush technique. A flat, square-ended sable brush is also useful, though not essential. The brushes should be cleaned immediately after use with soap and warm water to prevent the ink from drying and destroying the fine hair.
The following Studio Study is optional. It is intended for you to enlarge your skills with ink, if you so desire. At this time, you may just read it for information about brush techniques and come back to it in the future if you wish.
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