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Would You Like to Discover a Fun Way to Collect and Display Your Artwork?  Excited to Learn More About Ink Portraits?

Ink is an incredible teacher. It requires us to be attentive and deliberate with our mark making and that we accept and work with the marks we make. This course will encourage you to develop your observational drawing practice incorporating the boldness of ink into your work. This combined with the calligraphy pen enables us to explore a wonderfully expressive method of line variation which can bring a new life and quality to our sketchingIn addition to the core teaching with the calligraphy pen we’ll be making a zine together. This format is a lot of fun and a unique way to collect and display a series of drawings. Your very own little art book!



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Direct observational drawing in ink
  • Composition and layout
  • Recognizing shapes and building portraits via shape recognition
  • Line work, line variation and hierarchy
  • Light and Shadow, edge control/variation
  • How to make your own zine sketchbook
  • Get involved in Dylan's community
  • Swap Zines with a "pen pal"


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We’ll be going through 13 portrait drawings varying between 17 to 40 minutes each with the final piece clocking in at about 1.5 hours.  These lessons are in the subcategories Shape, Line, Light/Shadow and Culmination. Not only does this course offer a ton of practice drawing portraits, you will also meet many other artists and muses that you can use for future portraits.  I will also share with you about some wonderful communities that you can join to find fresh and exciting portraits that are free, from fellow artists!  It's an exciting network!

Examples of Zines - Not the Zine from this Class

To get prepared for each of the lessons, you will need to learn how to prepare your substrate - the Zine!  I’ll show you my favourite style of Zine which I’ll be working into directly during the class and a couple of other techniques. This is such a wonderful format with so much potential and a fun way to make little unique sketchbooks.  You will leave this class with your very own little zine full of all of your own personal drawings.  My hope is that you enjoy it enough to create more in the future!


Module 2 will be all about Shapes!  In the first lesson of this section, I’ll share a grid technique to help identify angles, distances and relationships of shapes. The grid is a great technique to use, especially in the early stages of drawing portraits.  We will begin with pencil and then ink over the initial drawing, adding some vertical hatching to the shadow shapes.  In the next two lessons, we will work without a grid and move straight into shape recognition, and observation to build our portrait, and follow up with line work and a simple method of vertical hatching.




Module 3 we will learn about Lines!  This module will begin with a focus on character development through line variation. Again, we will begin with a pencil drawing and then ink over with our pen.  Our second lesson we will go directly to ink and work less so on the portrait but a more gestural pose which plays nicely to the long landscape format of the four page composition.  The third lesson in this module will take us right into ink as we start to get into the groove of direct ink drawing with a wonderfully lit portrait. Our final lesson in Module 3 is another great exercise in direct ink drawing.


In Module 4 we will become experts in Light and Shadow!  In this part of the course we’ll really get into using the play of light and shadow shapes to build strong composition. We’ll address how we can use vertical hatching and simple variation in edge control to establish visual interest and communicate different types of shadow/light transition.  Expanding upon the techniques of the previous lesson we’ll add some directional hatching and draw hair and facial hair.  One reference includes a wonderful and unusual light source which presents a fun opportunity to build up a composition comprised of shadow shapes strongly illuminated from below.  This lesson is really fun!



In Module 5 we will bring everything we have learned in the previous modules together!  We will begin with a rounded sketch approach incorporating all aspects we’ve been practicing. This lesson touches upon what to do when your likeness feels off, some subtle correction and how we can learn to recognize what’s wrong with a piece when we can’t quit put our finger on it.  The second lesson is a compositional compliment to the previous portrait.  In our final portrait, we’ll be combining everything we’ve been practicing in this piece. Spending a bit more time to build up a really powerful textural composition. This piece offers a wonderful opportunity to compositionally balance the portrait with hands within a field of texture.




Module 6 will be about sharing your artwork with the community.  This is not something that you have to do, but there will be some opportunities to do a Zine Swap with a "Pen Pal" partner from the class.   We will also try to do a "Chain Letter" type of event, where we will send Zines around the world.  The idea would be to have one artist begin the zine, then send it off to the next person on the list.  The final person would keep the Zine, but each participating artist would end up with a Zine!  I think this could be really fun to try.  We will talk more about it in class.   Remember, this is not a requirement to take the courseIt is for those that might want to get more involved.




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I am an Australian born illustrator, artist and father based in Göttingen Germany.

I love working with ink and connecting with people from around the world. I host two weekly online sketch sessions where we hang out chat and draw each other. It's great fun and practice. Get in touch if you'd like to join.

An important aspect of my work and life is being in nature. Making ink from foraged natural materials and creating work inspired by people and places is my passion and I look forward to sharing this passion with you.



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

  • Calligraphy pen with black ink- there are great affordable sets available from Herlitz and Faber-Castell I’ll be using the 1.4mm nib from Herlitz throughout the course
  • For ease of use and accessibility I’ve recommended the calligraphy pen but you may enjoy using a dip pen with any coloured ink you choose. These may behave differently and require more time for the ink to dry but totally worth exploring to find the drawing tool that’s the right fit for you.
  • A graphite pencil for preliminary drawing
  • 190g/m2 (90lbs) Hanemühle Nostalgie paper size 29,7x42cm (11,7 x 16,5 inch)
  • Heavier paperweights will be difficult to fold into a zine. Nostalgie is a smooth hot press style paper which is great for penwork and inking. I encourage you to experiment with different papers and if you already have a favourite feel free to work with that.
  • For Zine making
    • the above mentioned paper or any paper of a similar size and same or lesser paperweight
    • Cutting mat
    • Steel ruler
    • Utility knife with snappable/changable blades or scissors


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**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Fabrice Perrin (verified owner)

    Very interesting.
    Cross-haching technics and zine creation in one course and, as usual with Dylan, we fill up with smiles and positive vibes.

  2. LuluS (verified owner)

    This was a wonderful course, I really enjoyed Dylan’s teaching methods and I am really proud of my completed zine. I have gone on to do more zines, using watercolour portraits. I find it quite a unique way to keep a body of work together. Thankyou so much Dylan, I can highly recommend to others.

  3. Nicky Bohn (verified owner)

    I recently completed Dylan’s ink portrait drawing course, and it exceeded my expectations. The step-by-step guidance was clear, making it so easy for even beginners like me to grasp a looser technique. Dylan’s passion for art shone through, creating a motivating and enjoyable learning environment. I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my skills, and I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to enhance their ink portrait drawing abilities, and see portrait drawing from a completely fresh perspective.

  4. Abigail Ulen (verified owner)

    Really love the way Dylan taught this class, it was easy to follow along. I have fallen in love with
    calligraphy pen portraiture and zine making, I am excited to incorporate this stylistic approach into my current work.

  5. Tamia Hayes (verified owner)

    This was a great introduction to zines and becoming more comfortable drawing with ink. I plan to incorporate zines into my own body of work and draw more with pen.

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