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Dip Pen and Ink Illustration: Capturing The Natural World

A course by Philip Harris
Freelance Illustrator. Exeter, United Kingdom.
Joined March 2021
, Freelance Illustrator

Illustrate evocative scenes inspired by your surroundings using line work and hatching techniques

  • Best seller
  • 99% positive reviews (195)
  • 4071 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Illustrate evocative scenes inspired by your surroundings using line work and hatching techniques

  • 99% positive reviews (195)
  • 4071 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 lessons (2h 9m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The finesse of dip pen and ink allows you to use light, form, and shadow to bring landscapes to life. Illustrator Philip Harris uses the technique to illustrate editorial articles, product packaging, and books for clients including Superdrug, Kohler, DK Books, and NowTV.

In this course, he teaches you how to create evocative illustrations of nature using dip pen and ink. Learn how to capture the sounds, smells, shapes, and textures of the world around you using traditional techniques. Are you ready to bring out the mysterious beauty of nature with a dip pen?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Tips and Technique
  • U4
    U4. Creating Your Image
  • U5
    U5. Post-Production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know illustrator Philip Harris. He shares why drawing has always been an important part of his life thanks to his grandfather, and how he pursued a career in illustration. Then find out about the artists and influences which inspire him.

Explore the history behind using nature in art, before familiarizing yourself with the materials needed for the course, from fine liners to different pencils. Learn how to find references for your art and create a mood board using nature as your inspiration. Philip shares how he uses his own sketchbook as a visual guide to refer back to when illustrating.

Discover the different ways to use a dip pen for different effects, starting with linework and hatching. Learn how to use these techniques to create light, tone, volume, and texture, then collect elements from nature and draw them by studying their form and shadows.

Create your first sketchbook composition, adding a basic outline while keeping your light source in mind. Remove your planning line with an eraser, then use cross-hatching and fine line techniques from earlier in the course to add depth and atmosphere to your piece.

Philip guides you through adding a border to your illustration using a ruler and a fine liner. Then review your image and add any finishing touches to perfect it. To finish the course, learn how to prepare your art for printing and how to sell it online via platforms like Etsy and Big Cartel.

What is this course's project?

Create a wildlife-inspired illustration using a variety of dip pen and ink drawing techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with an interest in learning to illustrate using dip pen and ink techniques or looking to connect with nature through art.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary, as Philip will walk you step-by-step through the techniques he uses.

In terms of materials, you will need paper, an eraser, a ruler, pencils, a dip pen, a dip pen holder, ink, and fine liners.


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Philip Harris

A course by Philip Harris

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Freelance Illustrator

Philip Harris is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Devon, England. Growing up, drawing was always an important part of his life thanks to his grandfather’s collection of sketchbooks and illustrations. He later went on to study illustration at the University of Plymouth. During his second year, Philip inherited some of his grandfather’s equipment, including a collection of dip pens and nibs, which introduced him to the technique he uses today.

Since graduating, he has worked with clients including Superdrug, Kohler, DK Books, Jack Daniel’s, Le Parisien Magazine, NowTV, New Scientist, ARTE, Goodwood Revival, Delve, Kilkenny Irish Red Ale, and Which? Money. Philip also shares his illustrations with over 20K followers on Instagram.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Introduction to Sketching in Nature
    • Tools and Materials
    • Finding Your Image
  • U3

    Tips and Technique

    • Introduction to Using a Dip-Pen
    • Highlight, Volume and Depth
    • Observational Pen and Ink
  • U4

    Creating Your Image

    • Sketching Your First Ideas
    • Basic Outline in Ink
    • Cross-Hatching and Fine Line Work
  • U5


    • Adding Your Border
    • Sharing and Selling Your Ink Sketches
  • FP

    Final project

    • Dip Pen Illustration: Capturing The Natural World

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Dip Pen and Ink Illustration: Capturing The Natural World. Illustration course by Philip Harris Best seller

Dip Pen and Ink Illustration: Capturing The Natural World

A course by Philip Harris
Freelance Illustrator. Exeter, United Kingdom.
Joined March 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (195)
  • 4071 students