• $ (USD)
  • Need some help

Ink Drawing

With the use of pictographs dating back as early as Prehistoric times, drawing is undoubtedly one of the oldest forms of human expression. While drawing has existed through all ages (especially in Asia, where it was a preeminent artistic medium), its forms and uses truly started to diversify in the 19th century. Following the industrial revolution of the 1800s, technical drawing began to take off and to differentiate itself from artistic drawings. As a result, it became highly codified and aimed to communicate precise information about how something should be manufactured or used. Similarly, architecture  and design drawings, as well as fashion illustration became more developed.

There are a number of drawing techniques available to artists who can choose to alternate between charcoal drawing, pencil drawing, dry pastels, chalk, coloured pencils, or ink. This selection focuses on the latter, the ancestral drawing technique of ink on paper. Exclusively used for writing for a long time, ink gradually established itself within the visual arts. Diluted, mixed, or pure, ink offers an infinite range of nuances. Artists can use various types of ink but the mark of a good quality ink its ability to flow and and instantly attach to paper.

The most famous type of ink is Indian ink. Invented 5,000 years ago, this quality black ink brings a shiny effect to the drawing. Ink was first used in Asia but became popular in Europe in the Middle Ages, where it was first used to decorate the manuscripts. Its use became more widespread with the dissemination of printing techniques in the Renaissance. Dürer, Cranach and Titian were some of the first artists to use ink for strictly artistic purposes, and the great masters of the 19th and 20th centuries continued to develop the technique further.

Iron gall ink, quite popular because it could be manufactured in mass quantities, it was resistant and was the most compatible ink for writing with quills. Coloured inks, although more vulnerable to light, were popular within the decorative arts and illustration. They are composed of specific pigments, similar to those of watercolour.

One of the world's most famous ink artworks is perhaps The Great Wave off Kanagawa by the great Japanese master Hokusai: first of the series “The Thirty-Six views of the Mount Fuji." Often imitated by other artists, the Wave (as it is often referred to) is an woodblock print influenced by both Western and Eastern artistic practices. Other famous ink artworks include many of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings.

Many museums exhibit numerous ink drawings. For example, the Centre Pompidou owns Henri Michaux's “Dessin Mescalien," and Jean-Olivier Hucleux's “Dessin de Déprogrammation."

So, whether you are a lover of Hokusai's poetic prints, or merely curious about this lesser known art, you'll be able to find a rare gem in Artsper's selection of contemporary ink drawings.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Drawings

Read more

Saved search

Your search is accessible from the favorites tab > My favorite searches

Unsaved search

A problem occurred

Haude Bernabé, Le gouverneur du temps, Fine Art Drawings

Haude Bernabé

Le gouverneur du temps, 2020
40 x 32 x 5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,473

Ian Hornak, Untitled (Landscape with Rocks), Fine Art Drawings

Ian Hornak

Untitled (Landscape with Rocks), 1973
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$12,995

Leonardo Fernandez Della Pietra (Lolo), Retratos #66, Fine Art Drawings

Leonardo Fernandez Della Pietra (Lolo)

Retratos #66, 2010
15 x 10 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

AEC Interesni Kazki, The Birth Of A Supernova, Fine Art Drawings

AEC Interesni Kazki

The Birth Of A Supernova, 2018
42 x 52 x 0.001 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,946

Sandra Szaja, White Lady, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Szaja

White Lady, 2021
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

Bernard Lachaniette, Le petit pisseur, Fine Art Drawings

Bernard Lachaniette

Le petit pisseur, 1996
22 x 13 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$680

Antony Squizzato, Cœur tendre, Fine Art Drawings

Antony Squizzato

Cœur tendre, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Our recommendations Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Regards, Rimbaud, Etude n° 18, Fine Art Drawings

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Regards, Rimbaud, Etude n° 18, 1986
32 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$14,839

Philippe Pasqua, Grande vanité aux papillons, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Pasqua

Grande vanité aux papillons, 2010
160 x 160 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$30,790

Pierre Alechinsky, Restez assis, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Alechinsky

Restez assis, 1982
22 x 26.5 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$15,457

Philippe Buil, Ombre Clochette, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Buil

Ombre Clochette, 2018
50 x 65 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Jean Cocteau, Le Malade, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Cocteau

Le Malade, 1934
49 x 34 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$22,258

Sergio Moscona, Arbol genial - Logico, Fine Art Drawings

Sergio Moscona

Arbol genial - Logico, 2016
56 x 38 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,710

Our recommendations Hildegarde Handsaeme, La Signorita, Fine Art Drawings

Hildegarde Handsaeme

La Signorita, 2020
76 x 55 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

Sold

Gina Vor, Small Sign No. 10 - Black and White Minimalist Abstract (Abstrait Minimaliste Noir et Blanc), Fine Art Drawings

Gina Vor

Small Sign No. 10 - Black and White Minimalist Abstract (Abstrait Minimaliste Noir et Blanc), 2019
32 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$161

Pauline Di Valentin, Primavera, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Di Valentin

Primavera, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Vladimir Velickovic, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vladimir Velickovic

Sans-titre, 2011
38 x 25 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$866

Bze Bzeland, Équilibré, Fine Art Drawings

Bze Bzeland

Équilibré, 2017
48.3 x 32.9 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$247

Philippe  Hiquily, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Composition, 1961
55 x 44 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,129

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Dessin, Fine Art Drawings

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Dessin, 2019
37 x 27 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$470

Jiao Jia Ou Yang, Bonheur, Fine Art Drawings

Jiao Jia Ou Yang

Bonheur, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$408

Philippe Ramette, Rupture de pesanteur, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Ramette

Rupture de pesanteur, 2015
24 x 32 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,844

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$927

tizlu, Saving Audrey, Fine Art Drawings

tizlu

Saving Audrey, 2021
70 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,113 $1,484

Aurélie Lafourcade, Oiseau Pariétal II, Fine Art Drawings

Aurélie Lafourcade

Oiseau Pariétal II, 2019
80 x 60 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$866

Benoît Mauduech, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Benoît Mauduech

Sans titre, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$396

Tracey Adams, Balancing Act 2, Fine Art Drawings

Tracey Adams

Balancing Act 2, 2016
66 x 50.8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,872

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Saynète 32 - Se Souvenir du temps qui passe, Fine Art Drawings

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Saynète 32 - Se Souvenir du temps qui passe, 2016
41 x 61 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Maurice Douard, Street n-3, Fine Art Drawings

Maurice Douard

Street n-3, 2019
110 x 75 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Wifredo Lam, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Wifredo Lam

Untitled, 1941
21.9 x 16.9 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$39,570

Jean-Luc Lopez, Rock and Roll, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Luc Lopez

Rock and Roll, 2021
36 x 48 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$420

Boris Pramatarov, Dream of a Carnival, Fine Art Drawings

Boris Pramatarov

Dream of a Carnival, 2020
36 x 27 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,946

Mimmo Rotella, The Waiter, Fine Art Drawings

Mimmo Rotella

The Waiter, 1987
29 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,484

Arancha Tejedor, Personnages en mouvement 2, Fine Art Drawings

Arancha Tejedor

Personnages en mouvement 2, 2019
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$198

EMPHI, Pattern, Fine Art Drawings

EMPHI

Pattern, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Lajos Szalay, Caresse tempérée, Fine Art Drawings

Lajos Szalay

Caresse tempérée, 1970
31 x 24.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,823

František Kupka, Black Geometrical Composition, Fine Art Drawings

František Kupka

Black Geometrical Composition, 1950
21 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,747

Our recommendations Lucio Fontana, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Lucio Fontana

Untitled, 1959
36 x 23.5 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$19,167

Revolt, Rolling Thunder-SG, Fine Art Drawings

Revolt

Rolling Thunder-SG, 2011
27.9 x 20.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Jérôme Bouscarat, L'Hydre de Lerne, Fine Art Drawings

Jérôme Bouscarat

L'Hydre de Lerne, 2019
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$534

Our recommendations La Robotte, Toucanne, Fine Art Drawings

La Robotte

Toucanne, 2017
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Han Qi, Espace fiction no. 1, Fine Art Drawings

Han Qi

Espace fiction no. 1, 2018
41.5 x 51 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$668 $742

Marie Laurencin, Models, Fine Art Drawings

Marie Laurencin

Models, 1920
26 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$23,495

James McEwen, Bird, Fine Art Drawings

James McEwen

Bird, 1960
27.5 x 19.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$717

Alain Boullet, L'eau et l'huile, Fine Art Drawings

Alain Boullet

L'eau et l'huile, 2015
33 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$618

Enrico Paulucci, The Beach, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Paulucci

The Beach, 1965
31.5 x 43.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

Eugene Berman, Costume, Fine Art Drawings

Eugene Berman

Costume, 1950
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Piotr Kamieniarz, Karnawal III, Fine Art Drawings

Piotr Kamieniarz

Karnawal III, 2020
52 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,360

Marcel Gromaire, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Marcel Gromaire

Untitled, 1951
40.5 x 49.5 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$8,532

Jeanne Daour, Lunapark, Fine Art Drawings

Jeanne Daour

Lunapark, 1950
13.6 x 19 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

Christophe Faso, La dernière séance, Fine Art Drawings

Christophe Faso

La dernière séance, 2014
65 x 50 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$830

Our recommendations Samaneh Atef, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Samaneh Atef

Sans titre, 2020
50 x 70 x 5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,349

David Shrigley, Why do you weap, Fine Art Drawings

David Shrigley

Why do you weap, 2006
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,637 $6,183

Mister Pee, Figure Libre, Fine Art Drawings

Mister Pee

Figure Libre, 2019
40 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Pablo Picasso, Profil d'homme (recto); Deux hommes de profil (verso), Fine Art Drawings

Pablo Picasso

Profil d'homme (recto); Deux hommes de profil (verso), 1900
28.6 x 22.9 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$125,000

Tellas, The Forest, Fine Art Drawings

Tellas

The Forest, 2017
24 x 64 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,917

Daniel Erban, Violent delights, violent ends, Fine Art Drawings

Daniel Erban

Violent delights, violent ends, 1991
56 x 76 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,473

Frank Girard, Les herbes folles, Fine Art Drawings

Frank Girard

Les herbes folles, 2017
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,053

Marie-Paulette Lagosse, Dog, Fine Art Drawings

Marie-Paulette Lagosse

Dog, 1950
40 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

Thierry  Lagalla, Ce qui est bien dans le monumental, c'est que c'est grand (projet de sculpture), Fine Art Drawings

Thierry Lagalla

Ce qui est bien dans le monumental, c'est que c'est grand (projet de sculpture), 2012
95 x 74 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,710

Michel Pinosa, Flower 2, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Pinosa

Flower 2, 2016
46 x 46 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Jorge Castillo, Little Theater, Fine Art Drawings

Jorge Castillo

Little Theater, 1960
20.3 x 25 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,484

Luigi Cipallone, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Cipallone

Composition, 1980
24.5 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$396

Jan Voss, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Jan Voss

Sans-titre, 2019
26 x 17.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

60 Artworks on 2742

Scroll on the top of the page

Not feeling very inspired? Get your personalised selection today