Before jumping into the digital inkwell, it’s important to understand ink drawing tools. “Using a brush with ink is very different from using a ballpoint pen, but they’re both ink. It’s a very broad medium and you just need to experiment,” says artist Jon MacNair. Between ink pens, markers, pens with nibs, and brushes, you have a wide variety of choices and aesthetics at your disposal.
These classic tools are now available in the digital world. With custom brushes from artists like Kyle T. Webster, you can naturally create and edit ink drawings. These digital brushes let you perfect small details and easily control large areas of gradation and contrast. With Adobe Fresco, you can blend naturalistic pen lines with vector brushes, and with erasing tools at your disposal, your ink drawings won’t be ruined by one hastily drawn mark.