Learn how to ink by working along with the creator of Inktober, Jake Parker.

It can be difficult to learn how to ink when you are also trying to create the initial drawing too. In this course, Jake Parker inks two different pieces, one a mechanical taco robot, and the other a more organic scene with a rabbit character facing a stone wall. 

Print out Jake’s line art and ink along with him. Learn how to ink by focusing on the craft.

Taco Bot

Rabbit Wall

In this class you will learn:

  • How to ink interior lines vs external lines.

  • Pulling vs pushing a line for better inking control.

  • Importance of contrast in creating an interesting ink drawing.

  • How to create the illusion of perspective and form with line weight.

  • Line mileage in learning.

  • An introduction to inking different textures.

Now with BONUS SECTION taught by inking pro Levi Prewitt!

Professional cartoonist and inker, Levi Prewitt, talks about the tools he likes to use and shares an exercise to better learn the mechanics of inking. Ever wonder how to get clean, bold lines that you see in comic books and graphic novels? Watch Levi's bonus section to learn his tips and techniques! It's always helpful to see how different artists do their thing!

This year for Inktober, Levi is doing 31 buttguys in 31 days! Check out his Inktober project and see more of his work on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levitzo/

Suggested Materials:

The work in this course can be completed with any inking tool and paper, but the tools that Jake uses in this course are:


Pentel Pocket Brush Pen: A work horse. It has a nylon brush tip, and offers a smooth and powerful line but can also give you fun expressive lines too. Jake has been drawing with this pen for years and it holds up to a beating, yet will still give you a fine delicate line if you need it. Jake highly recommends it.


Hammermill Paper, Premium Color Copy Cover Cardstock 80lb Paper: It has a smooth finish that's great for inking and markers. Warps with watercolor.

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About the Instructors


Jake Parker

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Utah.

Cartoonist and Character Designer

Levi Prewitt

Cartoonist and ramen enthusiast from the San Francisco Bay Area. All-around internet pal.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Introduction

    • What Pen to Use

    • What Paper to Use

  • 2

    Inking Demo 1: Taco Bot

    • Inking Taco Bot

    • Closing Words

  • 3

    Inking Demo 2: Rabbit Wall

    • Rabbit Wall Demo Introduction

    • Inking Rabbit Wall

    • Closing Words

  • 4

    BONUS SECTION: Levi Prewitt

    • Jake Introduction

    • Levi Introduction

    • Inking Tools Intro

    • Pens and Paper

    • Exercise Intro

  • 5


    • Jake Parker Line Art Downloads

    • Levi Prewitt Drawing Exercise Download

    • Jake Parker's Suggested Tools

    • Levi Prewitt's Inking Tool List

  • 2

    Inking Demos. Over 40 minutes of video content.

  • 2

    Downloads with line art for both drawings in the course. Print them out and practice inking along with Jake Parker.

  • Bonus Section

    Artist Levi Prewitt shares his favorite inking tools along with a downloadable drawing exercise.

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