Introduction to Illustration with India Ink

A course by Hilda Palafox
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 08/02/2017
, Illustrator, artist and graphic designer

Learn to master the brush, the ink and to explore the creative possibilities

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (457)
  • 6398 students
Introduction to Illustration with India Ink

Learn to master the brush, the ink and to explore the creative possibilities

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (457)
  • 6398 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 43m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
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Chinese ink has been used for centuries in illustration and calligraphy throughout the world. In this course, Hilda Palafox (Pony) -designer and illustrator who has worked for brands such as Vans, Nike, Google or Red Bull- will teach you how to apply it and take it to paper in a unique and personal way.

Implementing the basic principles of illustration, you will learn to master the brush and ink, so you can apply this technique in all types of graphic projects.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First steps
  • U3
    U3. Knowing the Chinese ink
  • U4
    U4. Inking: from gray to black
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing the work of different artists specialized in Chinese ink, which will give you a perspective of the different results that can be obtained by applying it to illustration.

Hilda will explain the different materials that you can use when working with this technique: paper types, brushes and the ink itself.

The first exercise you will do, to learn to master the technique, will be the creation of gradients. Also, you will learn to perform the superposition of plaste, levels of depth and three-dimensionality. You will continue performing exercises on degraded and organic plasta and you will know the correct way to use and handle the brush.

Once you have learned the basic techniques, you will immerse yourself in the project. You will start by applying the diluted Chinese ink in different levels of luminosity, to later apply black platings, openwork and white acrylic. Finally, you will apply more detailed details and learn how to correct small errors that may have arisen during the process.

Finally, you will digitize your illustration and do a basic touch up in Photoshop.

What is this course's project?

Taking as a starting point a photograph, you will reinterpret it as an illustration with ink, applying the different techniques you will learn during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Designers, illustrators, artists and anyone who is looking for new ways to express their creativity with traditional techniques.

What you need

No prior knowledge of any kind is necessary. In terms of materials you will need: a block or paper for watercolor or India ink, pencil, rubber, black ink, white acrylic, brushes of different sizes and shapes, adhesive tape, water, godet, kitchen paper and a computer with Photoshop.


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Hilda Palafox

A course by Hilda Palafox

Illustrator, artist and graphic designer

Hilda Palafox, better known as Poni, started working in the world of editorial illustration. For more than five years he has been developing his own style, which brands like Nike, Vans, Google, Sephora or Red Bull have wanted to use in some of his campaigns.

His works, always linked to nature and the female figure, can be seen in a multitude of supports and places: from international exhibitions, plates or magazines, to a mural of several meters in the streets of Australia.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    First steps

    • What will we learn in this course?
    • A look at the Chinese ink
    • Materials selection
  • U3

    Knowing the Chinese ink

    • Gradients
    • Levels of depth
    • Gradients
    • Pulse and brush handling
  • U4

    Inking: from gray to black

    • Gray I
    • Gray II
    • Gray III
    • Gray IV
    • Black
    • Details
    • Scanning: scanning and retouching in Photoshop
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to ink illustration

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Introduction to Illustration with India Ink. A Illustration course by Hilda Palafox Best Seller

Introduction to Illustration with India Ink

A course by Hilda Palafox
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 08/02/2017
  • 99% Positive reviews (457)
  • 6398 students