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Introduction to Illustration with India Ink

A course by Hilda Palafox
Illustrator, Artist, and Graphic Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2017
, Illustrator, Artist, and Graphic Designer

Explore the creative possibilities of this age-old technique

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (734)
  • 9259 students

Explore the creative possibilities of this age-old technique

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (734)
  • 9259 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 43m)
  • 8 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Interested in adding India ink illustrations to your artistic repertoire? In this online course, designer and illustrator Hilda Palafox—better known as “Poni”—helps you master this ancient medium that can be applied to a variety of different art forms, such as drawing, calligraphy, and comics.

Tap into her professional experience—including collaborations with companies like Vans, Nike, Google, and Red Bull—and discover how to apply this style in a unique and personal way.

What will you learn in this online 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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Start off by getting to know Hilda, her work, and her influences before seeing how different artists work with India ink to create a wide range of results.

Next, review the different materials required when working with this technique, such as types of paper, brushes, and the ink itself.

Then, roll up your sleeves and get to work! Learn to create gradients as a first step before exploring levels of depth, three-dimensionality, and blocks of color. After mastering these basic concepts, fine-tune how you handle and use the brush.

Next, dive into the final project by working with India ink at different levels of concentration, followed by blocks of black color, open spaces, and white acrylic paint. Lastly, refine the details and learn how to correct small mistakes that may occur throughout the process.

To wrap up, digitize your illustration and do some simple retouching in Photoshop.

What is this course's project?

Reinterpret a photograph in the form of an illustration using Chinese ink and the different concepts learned throughout the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

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

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed. As for materials, you need:

    • a notebook or sheets of watercolor or India ink paper,
    • a pencil,
    • an eraser,
    • black India ink,
    • white acrylic paint,
    • brushes of different sizes and shapes,
    • tape,
    • water,
    • a watercolor pan,
    • paper towels, and
    • a computer with Photoshop.


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Hilda Palafox

A course by Hilda Palafox

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Illustrator, Artist, and Graphic Designer

Hilda Palafox, better known as “Poni,” got her start working in the world of editorial illustration. More recently, she’s worked on developing her own style which has caught the attention of brands like Nike, Vans, Google, Sephora, and Red Bull.

Her pieces, which tend to be connected to nature and the female figure, can be found in a variety of places, from international exhibitions and magazines to an impressive mural on the streets of Australia.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    First steps

    • What will we learn in this course?
    • A look at the India 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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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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

Introduction to Illustration with India Ink

A course by Hilda Palafox
Illustrator, Artist, and Graphic Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2017
  • 99% positive reviews (734)
  • 9259 students