How to draw a character in pen and ink

As an artist at a game studio I’ve forgotten most traditional mediums, but ink always calls back to me. After a day of staring into monitors, I want nothing more than to sit down with my sketchbook. In this tutorial, I'll walk through how to ink a character with confidence – in this case, a moody warrior. Don't have the right tools already? Take a look at our guide to the best pens around. 

I believe any artist looking to learn how to draw people or mythical creatures and environments grounded in reality should put in the hours to study from life. I usually carry around a Moleskine sketchbook for drawing on the go. Constantly absorbing information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, adds to your ever-growing visual library.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Andrew began taking lessons in Chinese calligraphy at the age of five and studied it through high school before starting college.