Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor
Matt Rota is a New York-based illustrator and fine artist specializing in narrative technique with watercolor and ink media. He teaches fine art and illustration at the School of Visual Art in New York City and The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, The Washington Post and other publications.
01: Getting Started
Meet Matt Rota and learn about pens, ink and brushes and how to handle them. He'll also help you avoid some common mistakes.
Discover the line variation and mark-making possibilities of pen and ink as you define a sketch with inked contour lines.
03: Value & Tone With Pen
Learn to build form and dimension with hatching and crosshatching. Choose to work from Matt's provided portrait or use your own.
04: Value & Tone With Brush
Explore smooth brushwork as you create texture and shadow with dry-brushing and ink washes.
05: Exploring Depth
Using both pen and brush, explore space, depth and scale as you render a landscape.
06: Watercolor Wash
Enhance your pen and ink drawings with watercolor. Matt demonstrates how to use color in harmony with linear marks to add emphasis and mood to your piece.
07: Compositing an Image
Combine elements of multiple photographs to create new, imaginative compositions that tell a story. Matt shows how to choose your horizon and work from there to build up your drawing with both pen and watercolor.