5 Top Drawing Techniques with uni-PIN Pens

Creating light, shade and tone can really elevate a drawing. You can achieve this by employing some simple drawing techniques such as stippling, cross-hatching and free-shading. These drawing techniques can transform a flat sketch into a piece with drama and intensity!

The range of nib sizes make the PIN ideal for exploring tonal drawing techniques. The pen’s sensitivity means artists can work with both light and firm pressure to create different tones, using the smaller and larger nibs as you would a hard to soft pencil.

PIN pens are a favourite drawing tool of artists and professionals and it’s not difficult to see why. The PIN comes in a variety of nib sizes, allowing for a range of line widths and intensities. These pigment ink pens boast Super Ink Technology which keeps colour solid and vibrant; perfect if you don’t want your work to fade. Plus, the pen doesn’t bleed through paper so you can sketch away and create a range of brilliant drawings to your heart’s content!

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1. The PIN is fantastic for creating strong outlines, making it brilliant for graphic drawing and tracing work.We used a 0.1 PIN to create a fine outline of this dragonfly to create a basis for our sketch.

2. Cross hatching is simple and can look very effective. Just make a series of criss-cross marks and stokes to create tone. Darker areas are created by layering the marks – the more layers you make the darker it gets. Vary the direction of the strokes to further emphasise the subject’s shape; think about wrapping your lines around the subject to give it greater form, like we have done on the body of our dragonfly.

3. Here the base shading was created by using a light pressure to apply strokes of 0.1 pen. Darker tones are made by layering strokes of the 0.1 pen over each other until they result in the intensity required. Apply a firmer pressure to create heavier strokes.

4. Build up and group together dots to illustrate shadows using a 0.5 and 0.3 nib. For a variation in tone, use smaller 0.2 and 0.1 nibs to make the smaller, lighter dots that are more spread out for lighter areas.

5. The colour coverage on the PIN is great, with the pigment ink providing solid blocks of shade. We used the 0.8 and 0.5 nibs to these black areas to contrast with the lighter areas.

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