Hello, Jessica from BrownPaperBunny here to show you how to make an impressionist drawing with Dual Brush Pens. Taking inspiration from Claud Monet’s technique of using lots of small strokes of color to build up a picture, I’m going to show you how to easily create your own work of art. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens (I’m using the Pastel 10-Pack)
- Marker paper
- MONO Drawing Pencil (4H)
- A reference photo
Step 1: Sketch Your Image
Look at your reference image and break it down into its main shapes. You’re not going to worry about small details for this drawing, just shapes and color. Lightly sketch the main elements of your image onto marker paper using your MONO Drawing Pencil.
Step 2: Layer Your Lightest Colors
Starting with your lightest Dual Brush Pens, block in the main shapes or areas of your picture using short strokes with the side of the brush tip. Less is more at this stage because it’s easier to add ink than try to hide it or remove it.
Step 3: Build Up Color
Next, you’re going to keep building on your first layer with your medium tones. Sometimes it helps to squint at your reference image to see where the main areas of light and dark are. Again, go slow because you can always add more ink where you need it.
Step 4: Finish With Your Darkest Colors
For the final step, use your darkest colors in the same short brush strokes as before. Keep layering ink until you feel like it’s complete. Tip: it helps to take a step back from your image and see where it might need more ink.
Voila, you’ve got a Monet-inspired impressionist drawing you can frame and hang on the wall!
We’d love to see your creations, so tag @TombowUSA and @BrownPaperBunny if you share on social media.
And if you’re looking for more artwork you can create, check out my tutorial on How to Paint a Simple Watercolor Mountain Scene.