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September 11, 2009 / margikimball

Pen & Ink Illustration, an Evolution

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One way to consider our next project (pen and ink) is to think about it as a step in a longer piece. In other words, think of how pen and ink might be able to benefit your own work. In the example above, illustrator (and pattern-maker), Julia Rothman shows us how to make Ants on a Log (celery, peanut butter, raisins). First, she’s used pen and ink to lay out the fairly simple but rather engaging and funnily playful concept and composition. The color is digital, and she uses this same design concept in a cook book she illustrated from Storey Publishing. Design*Sponge is talking about it too. So, while the pen and ink project will be in black and white for now, this might also be an interesting point of departure in your future work.



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  1. cheeekyCharlie / Sep 11 2009 5:57 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at pen&ink drawings. my style of art has always been very cartoonish with my horrible habit of outlining EVERYTHING, lol- so maybe this will benefit me more than realistic rendering 😉

    also, as for the “text” part of the project that we need to bring in.. what exactly are the guidelines for that?
    can we go as far as picking a scene from a favorite book to illustrate and the text would probably be like… a description paragraph of said scene?
    or is it more like, a single catch phrase kinda sentence like the example on the assignment paper?

    • margikimball / Sep 11 2009 6:07 pm


      So! For the text, you can choose whatever you’d like. The idea is to communicate a concept through an illustration; it’s up to you whether you want to include the actual text or not in the final presentation. It can be a quote, a passage or an excerpt from, say, an article or book. (Or, what else can you think of?) Whatever the case, you’ll need to be able to illustrate the idea so I’d recommend picking a phrase/excerpt/text that brings an image to your mind (as in you personally). Then show us what you see.


  2. ula / Sep 13 2009 6:47 pm

    I was just wondering what page you wanted us to read up to for this week.

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