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Paintingover life drawings with Indian Ink part 2 on Artiful painting demos by Sandrine Pelissier

Painting over Life drawings with Indian ink – part 2

In the last post, I was painting over life drawings with Indian ink and clear gesso with watercolor crayons.

You can see that post here: Painting over life drawings with India Ink- part 1

There are many variations you can try with these techniques, here are a few:

You can use white ink for highlights and India ink for dark areas:

white ink for highlights and India ink for dark areas

To make Indian ink washes on life drawings you will need:

  • A drawing on white paper
  • India Ink
  • A few brushes
  • clear gesso (I used Liquitex)
  • white ink
mixing a medium tone of grey with the Indian ink

Start by mixing a medium tone of grey with the Indian ink.

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Speedball Super Black Waterproof India Ink

“Super black” means its blackness will be very permanent and fadeless. Contains 100% carbon black pigment. Also free-flowing, non-clogging, and waterproof.

apply the light Indian ink wash with big gestural strokes on the paper

Then apply the light Indian ink wash with big gestural strokes on the paper.

drips of Indian ink on wet wash
Indian ink drips

You can also add a few drips if you want to.

Indian ink wash on top of life drawing

Let everything dry, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process being careful not to make the drips move.

The drawing at this stage

clear gesso over light wash of Indian ink

When the ink is dry, you can apply a thin layer of clear gesso. The gesso looks milky when wet but will dry transparent. Let dry

Ink wash drawings

Now you can work on the new gessoed surface and go over some of the shading with India Ink.

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Liquitex Acrylic Clear Gesso

This Clear Gesso makes an excellent high-tooth, stable surface for most media. It dries clear to translucent, depending on thickness. Flexible and non-yellowing when dry. Mix Liquitex Clear Gesso with acrylic paint to create a colored gesso.

shading with Indian ink
highlights on figure drawing with white ink

You can go over the same area a few times to make it darker.

You can go over the highlights with white ink

You can also use colored pencils on top of India Ink:

colored pencils on top of Indian ink
colored pencils over clear gesso

Regular colored pencils are also working great on top of clear gesso.

contour drawing with black colored pencil

Here I started by darkening a few areas in the shade.

adding highlights with a white colored pencil

I went over the contours with a black colored pencil

Indian ink wash figure drawing

Added a few highlights with a white colored pencils.

The finished drawing.

You can layer India ink on top of your India Ink wash

layer India ink on top of your India Ink wash

You can also use a wash of India Ink that is just a bit darker than the background.

India ink washes

Go over the shade areas with the light wash of India Ink.

layering Indian ink

You can go several times on the same area to make it darker

Indian ink painting


The finished painting

Indian ink painting

The finished painting