How to Shade With Pen


How to Shade With Pen

It uses a specialized pen to draw the black areas of an image, such as ink lines and shading. It could be applied to the paper surface or directly on top of the colored base image. Shading can give a 3D dimension to the artwork, making the final image pop out in reality. It gives depth and realism to printed images. In this article, I will discuss how to shade with pen. So let us get started.

What Are Pen Nibs?

Pen nibs are tipped drawing instruments with a pointed end. They can be used for both writing and drawing, but not as well for the latter. Most pen nibs have thick, rounded sides, which give them their classic look; they often come in sets of five or ten because they are disposable tools that need to be replaced regularly.

Other common disposable drawing tools include markers and paintbrushes. However, these are used for different purposes than pen nibs (markers usually have a large reservoir of liquid inside them to make the marker bolder, while paint brushes cover larger areas).

What Pens Should I Use? 

If you want to improve your calligraphy, using a nib pen can help you produce even, consistent strokes and create beautiful shading. There are many different types of pens available on the market now, so head to your local arts & crafts store to find the perfect one for you.

The kind I used has two ink cartridges, which makes refilling easier. There are many

Use Two Ink Cartridge for Refilling Easier

different types of paper for calligraphy; protect yourself by creating a barrier between the nib and the paper when using fountain pens or working outside, or you’ll ruin it right away. This helps prevent bleeding as well as makes clean-up easier.

What’s important is that you use paper specifically made for calligraphy. Pick up some practice sheets of it as well; they’re very forgiving if you make mistakes, and there will be plenty!

Step-wise Guide on How to Shade With Pen

Step 1:

Prepare Your Tools. A drafting pen, sharpener (to sharpen the point), and a ruler is what you need for drawing lines. A pencil is used for shading with a pen. Ensure that your tools are of high quality and don’t tire easily.

Step 2:

Learn how to hold a pen properly – the most important part of this step involves learning how to hold the pen properly. You must hold the pen in a way that allows you to shade easily. For example, hold the drafting pen between your index finger and thumb while holding its other end with your middle finger.

Learn How to Hold Pen Properly

Step 3:

Use a Drafting Pen to start filling in all the areas that require solid black color. Make sure there’s no white space left behind when you’re done. Once your draft is made, you could take a pencil and lightly shade it to create the illusion of three-dimensional form.

Step 4:

Use a Colored Pencil. Now take out your colored pencils and start shading smaller areas until you’ve filled up all the white space left behind. After you’re done, your artwork will begin looking more and more colorful!

Step 5:

Use Ink This step involves drawing on top of the colored pencil with ink. You can either use a fountain pen or calligraphy ink. Slowly but surely, your draft will take shape in front of you. The key here is practice and patience!

How to Shade with a Ballpoint Pen?

There are a lot of people who have trouble shading with their ballpoint pens. This can be very frustrating, particularly for beginners. But did you know that there is an easy way to shade? Here is the technique you need to follow:

Ballpoint pens are multi-purpose tools. Aside from writing smoothly on paper, it can also be used in drawing. You only need practice and patience because this tool does not work as straight out of the box as you think. However, mastering using a ballpoint pen is a must for all aspiring writers and artists if you want to sculpt and create your own characters.

Ballpoint Pens

Benchmarking the Basics

If you intend to practice different techniques using this pen, it would be best to start on the basics first. Ballpoint pens are cylindrical in shape with an excellent point at the end. This is handy for writing and drawing since you can create thin lines and curves using your favorite medium.

The most important thing you need to remember is that your ballpoint pen needs to have a thick ink reservoir or cartridge inside before using it. It does take time, but once you have mastered how to use it, comparing and seeing its initial use will seem like a distant dream.

To draw straight lines, you must start from one corner of the paper, then slowly glide your way towards another line without lifting your hand off the paper’s surface. You must be patient because it will not work on the first try.

However, with a little practice, you will create smooth lines in no time. Add more details by using your drawing skills to create patterns and curves for that extra effect.

Using a ballpoint pen, you can also change how you hold your hand when shading or drawing objects straight out of your mind’s eye. First, place the side of the barrel between your thumb and forefinger so that they can support its body weight while providing a secure grip for making accurate strokes on each line. Second, when sketching, remember that rounding your back slightly is another important technique for getting those sweet curves right every time.

Precautions While Shading With Pen

  • Always work on an illustration board and not on paper. It will make your work look neat and clean.     
  • Choose a hard-tipped permanent black ink pen that can be easily washed out. I use Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens for this purpose.    
  • Avoid using an alcohol-based marker like dip nibs or brush pens since these cannot be obliterated and will leave permanent marks on your illustration board once they dry up unless they are made using Indian, China, or Japanese ink.    
  • Always use a good-quality artboard or an illustration board. These are good and will hold the least amount of moisture and not allow your pen marks to bleed to another side.     
Always Work on an Illustration Board

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Pencil Shading?

Pencil shading is a technique used in comic books, manga, and other comics to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms. It is also used in video games to create the illusion of depth.

The basic principle behind pencil shading is that different shades are applied to different parts of an object to create the appearance of depth. This can be done by either drawing the outlines of the objects with a light color or filling in the outlines with a darker color.

Why Is Shading So Hard?

Shading is one of the most important aspects of graphic design. It allows you to create a realistic image that the viewer can enjoy. Many factors go into shading, including:

• The type of light being used.

• The position and angle of the light source.

• The type and amount of color being used.

• The texture and shape of the object being shaded.

Why Is Shading So Hard Digital Art?

Shading is one of digital art’s most important aspects because it helps create a realistic appearance. If you don’t shade your artwork, it will look pixelated and unrealistic. There are a few different ways to shade your artwork:

1. Use filters. Filters can adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation of an image.

2. Use layers. Layers can be used to create multiple copies of an image so that you can apply different shades or colors to each copy.

3. Use tones. Tones are created by adjusting an image’s color saturation and brightness levels.

Why Can’t I Draw Digitally? I Can Draw Well With a Pencil and Paper but Not With a Pen and Tablet?

There are a few reasons why you may find it difficult to draw digitally.

One reason is that when you draw digitally, your hand and eyes work together in a coordinated way. When you use a pencil and paper, your hand does all the work while your eyes just take in the information. With a pen and tablet, your hand and eyes work together, but the tablet is also helping to guide the pen. This coordination between your hand and eyes can be difficult if you have never done it before.


I hope this article has helped learn how to shade with pen. Thank you and have a nice day!

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth is a creative writer and digital editor based in the United States. She has a passion for the arts and crafts, which she developed from a young age. Elizabeth has always loved experimenting with new mediums and sharing her work with others. When she started blogging, she knew that DIYquickly would be the perfect platform to share her tutorials and tips. She's been writing for the blog from the beginning, and her readers love her helpful advice and easy-to-follow instructions. When she's not writing or editing, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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