Sketching In Ink

What to Bring

  • Reference photos (we will draw a building, a natural landscape, and a person during the class)
  • Any of your sketchbooks to work in (optional)
  • Any favourite pens you like to write or draw with
  • If you’re a fountain pen user, bring that along
  • You don’t need to bring confidence, but be prepared to leave with it!

Sketching In Ink

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the many ways you can make marks on paper to create interesting drawings.
  • Experiment with different tools and techniques
  • Gain confidence in your own line drawing, and a degree of comfort drawing in ink on paper

What You Get

  • Reference materials to draw from
  • All materials to be used in the workshop (Lousy Ink, pens, brushes, dip pens, various types of paper)


You’ve got to draw the line somewhere—but where do you start?


There are no pencils or erasers allowed in this class. Instead you will automatically be handed your pen licence upon arrival. With pens inked and brushes dipped, Melbourne artist Simon O'Carrigan will teach you the many ways you can make marks on paper to create interesting drawings. 

After a few demos you will get to jump right in, test out different tools and techniques and experiment to see what is possible.

“But what if I make a mistake, in permanent ink?” you ask. No problem! Simon will teach you how to use those marks and mistakes to give your drawing a style and character unique to you and your drawings, showing you methods to build up a drawing gradually so you’ll never want to use a pencil again.

So if you are a complete beginner or a professional who wants to loosen up your practice, this class will push you to be brave with your brush and express your voice via ink on paper.


I’m an illustrator with a background in fine arts and indie animation. Even though my professional work moves across lots of mediums, I prefer to work with pen, brush and ink on paper. There’s a freshness and looseness that comes with these techniques, and with the risk of no drafting! I believe drawing is by nature fast and loose, and that the most fun (and best work) comes out of approaching drawing in this way.

I have studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University School of Art, and the College of Fine Arts at The University of New South Wales. Since graduating in 2007, I’ve staged fourteen solo exhibitions, and shown his animated films in over twenty festivals worldwide. I’ve even had the honour of judging the Melbourne International Animation Festival.

These days I work on lots of projects including private commissions, fine art prints, murals, independent exhibitions, and illustrations for editorial, books and magazines.

Follow my regular drawing practice on instagram: @simonocarrigan

For more information on my work go to


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Jun 2017
Sketching In Ink - 14 Jun 2017 6:30 PM

I loved the practical and straight forward teachings of how to use Pen and Inks. The exercises to build and practice the techniques were fun and challenging enough to get me started on my continuing art and craft work. Another string in my bow to develop from here! Thanks for providing a great class.

Apr 2017
Sketching In Ink - 04 Apr 2017 6:30 PM

This class gave me confidence to discover a strength of drawing again. Simon is a great teacher which Lou's of experience and knowledge. I have been inspired again to draw and paint. Thank you.

Apr 2017
Sketching In Ink - 04 Apr 2017 6:30 PM

I learnt about different pens and how to use them by experimenting. It was fun creating the warm up patterns as we got used to the different pens and inks. I liked how we could celebrate everyone's individual style when drawing the same image. We were challenged to draw without looking at our work and without lifting our pen from the page. The class had a great atmosphere and the time just flew.. I would high recomended this workshop.