Ink is one of those mediums that have never been appreciated as much as other mediums. There are a lot of ink arts who do tremendous work. You should definitely try this medium. But before starting, here are a few useful tips for you.
1. Choose ink according to your style
There are many types of inks. Some might fit your style while some might not. For most of the artists, Indian ink works best. It is waterproof and permanent. For lines, waterproof ink is suitable. However, if you want washes, then you must go for water-soluble inks.
2. Choose a rough paper
If you are just starting, then there is no need to go for a smooth one. A rough watercolor paper is best if you want to make corrections. You can easily put water and remove unwanted ink from them.
3. Try several nibs
There are so many pen nibs that you can find in art stores for drawing. Each of them has a different kind of effect. A reed pen nib is perfect for short and frequent strokes however if you want smooth lines, then round-tip nib is perfect.
4. Try a variety of marks
If you want to shade or model the form, you can use a variety of strokes like circular, squiggly, stippling or cross hatching. These marks give interesting texture to your artworks. Also they give you the kind of shading you are trying to do.
5. Manage the tones
If you want expression in your work, then you need to be tonal. Use ink directly for darker areas and dilute it with water to cover lighter areas. Don’t go too dark. Once you think that the balance of darks and lights is perfect, then your art piece is ready.
6. Don’t smudge
If the ink is wet, then you need to handle it with a lot of care once you have transferred it on paper. Keep your arm in control. Even your sleeve could sometime ruin your work. If you want the work to dry quickly, try using a hair dryer.
7. Try ancient techniques
Japanese and Chinese traditions are the best to learn from. By following them, you will get command on your brush. Everything in ink revolves around control. In far east, the artists hold brush vertically and keep it away from the palm.
Here are 30 cool examples of artwork done with ink: