Illustrator Teaches How To Capture Your Favorite Animals in Vibrant Colored Inks

Best Way to Use Colored Ink to Create Illustrations

Whether you're a self-identifying crazy cat person or dog parent, or you prefer to admire animals from afar, chances are there is at least one critter that moves you. Soaring eagles are majestic; otherworldly octopuses inspire fascination; even your local raccoon might have caught your eye (along with your trash). Animals have been the subject of artworks for 40,000 years with pigs, bulls, and horses all making appearances in the most ancient cave paintings discovered. And now in My Modern Met Academy‘s online art class, titled Animal Portraits in Colored Inks, you can explore the natural world from home or create a meaningful homage to your beloved pet.

Taught by award-winning illustrator Anna Sokolova—who has worked with the likes of Netflix and Maison Margiela—the online art class is a perfect introduction to the medium of colored ink. The artist's thorough explanations make working with ink approachable for everyone. She goes through the basics of how to come up with a dynamic composition, as well as how to use color and tone to fill portraits with personality. Sokolova emphasizes making portraits that are aesthetically pleasing but also emotionally captivating.

Enroll now in Animal Portraits in Colored Ink: Tell a Visual Story That Conveys Emotion and create your own colorful menagerie on your own schedule. Our learning platform also allows you to rewatch lessons as many times as you want in order to perfect your work. These delightful pieces will surely inspire you to keep on creating long after you finish the class.

Illustrator Anna Sokolova has an online course, titled Animal Portraits in Colored Ink, in which she walks students through the process of creating an artistic animal portrait.

Sketching Thumbnails

Sokolova explains how to get the most out of your materials to create unforgettable art.

Establishing a Color Palette

After completing the course, artists will feel confident in both their technical skills and their ability to create exuberant scenes.

Ink Drawing of an Enchanting Deer

How to Use Colored Inks by Anna Sokolova

Watch a preview of the class:

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Elizabeth Beiser

Elizabeth Beiser is a Contributing Writer and Project Coordinator at My Modern Met. She has a background in American Cultural History with a special focus on Modern art and democratic community building. She received her B.A. in history, with a minor in Studio Arts, and her M.A. in history from the University of Rochester. She has worked on multiple political campaigns, as well as in non-profit operations and direct service. When she’s not writing, she’s experimenting with all varieties of arts and crafts. She also enjoys spending time with four-legged friends and exploring her hometown of Boston.
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