How to draw a fox using Indian ink

finished image of a fox with grey tones, created using Indian ink
(Image credit: Steven Hughes)

Working with Indian ink has vast possibilities for expression. One of my favourite ways to work with ink brings the two opposing sides of the medium, line and smooth tonal gradients, together in one picture. The specificity of a line compared to a soft gradation can feel different, with the line being more of a confinement to the figure.

By promoting variation in the thickness of the line and following the rhythm of your hatching lines into the brushstroke application of ink wash, you can create stronger unity. Have a go now with this tutorial and see how creative you can be. 

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Steven Hughes
Steven is associate professor of illustration at Northern Michigan University. His art has been featured in many exhibitions and publications, including The New York Times.