The Friday Five – Great Pen & Ink Resources

The Friday Five Pen Ink Books Join me every Friday when I run down inspiring links and t’ings.  March’s theme is “All Things Ink”.

Previous TFF’s can be seen here.

Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite Pen and Ink reference books.  I turn to them time and again for guidance and inspiration.

Rendering in Pen & Ink 60th Anniversary Edition by Arthur L. Guptill

My first purchase, just when I started inking.  Commonly referred to as “The Bible of Pen & Ink”, this book leaves no stone unturned.  More formal in its approach than the others but still a good read.  Gorgeous illustrations will engage professional and amateur alike.

Sketching Your Favorite Subjects in Pen & Ink by Claudia Nice

Excellent coverage of the medium, including tips on materials, techniques, design and composition, perspective.  Helps you develop your drawing skills.  Great gallery of work by some very talented Pen & Ink artists with brief bios.

The Technical Pen – Techniques for Artists by Gary Simmons

Simmons is a self taught artist whose skill grew out of a job requirement.  Lots of info on the medium, great instruction with practice exercises and a fabulous gallery of images.  Inspiring!

And if you want to add a bit of color:

Drawing and Painting Buildings by Richard Taylor

Taylor shares his vast knowledge of drawing, drawing tools, perspective and shading.  Great tips on using pen washes as well as watercolor paints and pencils.

Painting with Watercolor, Pen & Ink by Claudia Nice

One of my favorite authors, a lovely lady and and a wonderful teacher. I was able spend two weekends in her class.  As always, her books contain lots of info on basics and include lots of examples of her fabulous work.  A veritable encyclopedia on the subject written in a conversational tone.

Are there any favorites you think I should add to my list/library?

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