Drawing Cars - Easy With Pen and Ink
By: Rick Rucker
Cars drawn with ink are very dramatic, but also easy to render. Pen and ink sketches offer extreme resistance to smudging, or bleeding. If the "stippling" technique is used, it is almost impossible to screw up a drawing.
"Stippling," or "pointillism," as it is also called, is a technique to draw a picture by putting dots on paper. This is exactly the same way that an ink jet printer makes an image, except the printer uses much smaller dots.
Newspapers also use a series of dots to print photos. Dots do not soak through like ink put on with a brush, especially on thinner papers.
Most artists that do stippling first draw a pencil sketch. It does not have to be too exact, the ink will cover it anyway, even if it is not erased once finished.
One of the advantages of using this style of drawing is that no straight edges or other drawing aids need to be used. Instead of using lines, which would ruin the rendering if one of them were placed incorrectly, with dots, you can "sneak up" on the line with a series of dots. Dots can also be used to fill in low spots on the outline of a car.
One of the very best reasons to use pointillism, though is for shading. Like that ink jet printer that I mentioned, with dots a full range of light to dark shades can be represented. The transition from dark to light can quite subtle also.
I saved another advantage until last, stippling is about the least expensive art technique known. All it takes is a pen, and a pencil to draw the initial sketch. It is cheaper than oils, pastels, acrylics, and even multiple pencil grades. You can even draw on paper, instead of expensive canvas!
Stippling can be a very easy way to draw cars and other things. Give it a try, you might find that it suits you perfectly.
About the Author:
Rick Rucker is a pen and ink artist who lives in Southern California with his wife of over thirty years. He is a member of The Motor Press Guild, and his artwork hangs in museums and private collections. Rick has a website for his free newsletter about drawing cars. The address is: [http://www.drawingcarsiseasy.com -- the original website may no longer be online].
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