In figure drawing class with Robert Liberace we experimented with using pen, ink and brush to create spontaneous studies of the figure. Rob did a demo using sepia ink (made from the ink from cuttlefish) with pen and brush. Starting with a quick pencil sketch to block in the figure, he moves to pen and ink . Using a nib that responds to pressure Rob scribbles and hatches in the figure. His lines are calligraphic and spontaneous. Using a brush and ink he draws the shadows and adds accents. This technique is best done on a small scale and using paper such as Fabriano Ingres (which has a good amount of sizing).
Robert Liberace demonstrates using brush and ink to draw the figure.
Photo by Marie Dauenheimer.
Finished figure study. Photo by Marie Dauenheimer.
Woman Sleeping by Rembrandt, ink and brush.
Another Rembrandt sketch using pen, ink and brush.