Ink Sketching Lesson Preclass

Welcome to the pre-class lesson – all about supplies!

This video was posted on YouTube, but contains the pen comparison info needed for this class. Recommended are a TWSBI Eco Extrafine or Fine fountain pen and either a Micron 005 OR Rotring Isograph .20 technical pen; other brands are of course fine – even just a Sharpie! But in the video you’ll see the visual differences:

The comparison sheet for reference:


While the Pentalic sketchbook may or may not be available (see link below), never fear – you can make your own! I went through the process of creating one using a 9×12 pad of paper, and discovered the nice thickness of the paper means finding a way to make score marks that accommodate that thickness so the book won’t come out wonky. The Pentalic book, by the way, has drawing pages slightly smaller than 4×6 inches – the book cover itself is 4×6. The handmade one is slightly larger to keep the numbers easy to measure and score, so the cover is 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. If you already have all the supplies it’s not an expensive book to create; otherwise buying the Pantelic is likely cheaper. Pentalic has a page on their site where you can search on to see if there’s a store near you that might carry it.

Supply links

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means you cannot sell or give away the concepts from my classes – no re-teaching of my specific lessons, nor posting a video with your re-draw of the class lesson; especially not sharing any downloadable handouts with others.

You absolutely are encouraged to post and gift your creations made with these techniques, of course! Please DO make your own designs with any techniques you learn here, adapt these lessons, and develop your own style. I love to see students making strides and personalizing lessons! Tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see what you’re making!