Changing Value When Drawing in Ink
How does an artist alter the values in a drawing when using a fountain pen or dip pen? The value of the ink itself is a constant whether black or a lovely color. Values can, of course, be altered if using a waterbrush in addition to the pen, but how does one express value changes with only the pen?
One way is to create patterns within the shapes, altering the space between the marks within the shape. Choose a simple shape as your mark, for example, a circle, square or triangle. Create a value scale by changing the proximity of the shapes to one another as shown above.
Another way is to alter the size of the mark. Using the same shape, create a value scale by changing the size of the mark while maintaining the space between the marks.