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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.

 

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

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

Let everything dry, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process being careful not to make the drips move.Indian ink wash on top of life drawing

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.

shading with Indian ink

You can go over the same area a few times to make it darker.
highlights on figure drawing with white ink

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

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

Here I started by darkening a few areas in the shade.contour drawing with black colored pencil

I went over the contours with a black colored penciladding highlights with a white colored pencil

Added a few highlights with a white colored pencils.Indian ink wash figure drawing

The finished drawing.

 

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

layer India ink on top of your India Ink washYou 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

 

Painting over Life drawings with Indian ink – part 2
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