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Let’s start with Art

Part 5 Linda Birch demonstrates confidence-building exercises to help you draw with pen and ink

If you enjoy pencil drawing, why not try pen? Both pencil and pen are linear tools. If you feel more confident with line rather than colour, I strongly advise giving pen a try - it is capable of rich and varied effects.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to work with pen and ink

Easy mark-making exercises

How to simplify a scene

The advantages

• Materials are relatively cheap to obtain

• The effects are quickly achieved once techniques are understood

• It is a portable medium, good for sketching and finished drawings

• No colour mixing is required

Eryngium , pen and ink, 71⁄2x61⁄4in. (19x16cm). This was drawn with a dipping pen in order to catch the spikiness and character of the plant. Although flowers may not be a natural choice, because of lack of colour, if a strong linear subject presents itself then draw it. I am left-handed and all my hatching lines go the opposite way to right-handers. Don’t worry; yours will look fine the other way!

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter. This month we have practical advice, step-by-step demonstrations and instructional features on drawing and painting with watercolour, acrylics, ink, oils and coloured pencil. Try 12 confidence-boosting exercises to help you draw and paint figures, be inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s to produce contemporary-looking poster-like paintings, and learn to paint a plethora of subjects, including landscapes, animals, birds, flowers, seascapes and more. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.