Friday Feature: Pen and Ink Artists

Date posted: May 30, 2014

We thought it would be fun to do a new series of art features, of groups of our favorite mediums or themes. So we’ll start off with some of our favorite pen and ink artists we’ve had in the studio!

Scanning this little James Jean sketch for a private collector was a delight – Jean is truly one of our modern masters, and getting a behind the scenes glimpse into his work through a sketch like this was really inspiring. While he usually works in a variety of media including oil and acrylic, he is also a very accomplished pen and ink artist.

James Jean sketch

“Untitled Sketch” 4″x6″ Ballpoint Pen, © James Jean, 2013

This lovely and detailed piece is by Seattle artist Olivia Knapp, featuring surreal fauna and technology. Olivia’s pen and ink work is extremely delicate, and captured beautifully by our Betterlight Scanner.


“Blind” 20×26 Pen and Ink © Olivia Knapp, 2013

We had the pleasure of working on a limited edition print with artist Sail for Roq la Rue Gallery a few months ago. These special artist prints were on handmade fine art papers and signed by the artist.

"The Heron Maiden" Fine Art Giclee print by SAIL

“The Heron Maiden” Fine Art Giclee print by Sail, © 2013

This lovely little drawing by Seattle artist Susan Rotondo features a delicate and whimsical combination of anthropomorphic elements. We love her detailed pen and ink lines and subtle washes of color.


One of our favorite pen and ink works is this intricate drawing by Illustrator Laura Hines. A hyper-detailed study of Mummies, Hines captures the macabre beauty of her subject with a concise and scientific eye.

laura hines - mummies - large web

Finally, we adore this detailed little drawing by Gregory Prout. Prout’s clean linework perfectly compliments his comic inspired theme.

Helmet Boy_Gregory Prout

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