DIY Tutorial: How to Perfect Your Downstrokes and Upstrokes for Pen and Ink Illustration

I've got something new for you this week! This is a DIY tutorial, but instead of writing it all out, I'm going to give you a taste of my Skillshare course. This is a reworked version of the video I first posted within the course (which has now been updated).

The original video was one of the first that I filmed, and I got much better with filming and editing as time went on. Now I want to go back and get those early videos prettied up! This was the first one on my list. 😊

So, if you picked up the materials I mentioned in this post, grab them and follow along:

Easy enough, right?

If you're itching to learn more, I've got a few solutions for you! If you want to keep doing some more-fun-than-average drills of the basics, you can download this free worksheet that takes you through a few botanical elements step-by-step.

If you're ready to commit, the full Skillshare course is perfect for you! It requires a premium membership, but using this link will give you a 14-day free trial that should give you plenty of time. I promise I move slowly through the different phases of illustration! By the end of the course, you'll have completed a fully textured and shaded piece of art along these lines:

Botanical Illustration with Pen and Ink: Shapes, Texture, and Depth Skillshare final pen and ink project by Hannah VanDuinen

And if you want to create this exact drawing, I've provided the photo I used as reference. I've made it as easy as possible to get started! As always, feel free to email me with any questions, requests, or general views on life.


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