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How To: Introduction to Illustration

Alison Woodward from Opus Downtown Vancouver illustrates how you can draw on your imagination, rendering it on the page in washes of ink and watercolour. She shares her approach, techniques, and preferred materials in this informative Opus How-To Video.

When learning how to illustrate with ink and watercolour one of the most important things to consider is the paper that you are using. If you use a lower grade paper, the time it will take for your mediums to dry will be lengthy to say the least. That’s why we chose to use our newest high end watercolour paper for this demonstration. Opus Finest Watercolour Paper meets all the needs for even the most discerning watercolourist.

Watch the video to see the process and the final results!

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Materials as shown in this video:
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper Pad
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Brushes
Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Colour Sable Brushes
Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolours
Daler Rowney Designers Gouache
Koh-i-noor Drawing Ink
Opus Enamel Butcher Tray

See more of Alison Woodward’s artwork here.


This was a helpful & inspiring video.


I enjoyed the video, it was well done and I learned about a product that I didn't know about before,drawing ink and how to use it, thank you for the demo. Looking forwarad to trying out her techniques.

Thank you for a great demonstration. I'm glad to see that other watercolorists are not hung up about using a small brush and a lot of fine detail, which is what I enjoy doing. Illustration is a great artistic venue and this talented artist has a great future.

Thank you for a very informative and well put together demonstration that was simple and easy to follow. I am inspired to try techniques with ink and watercolour.

How did they get in the bottles?

OMG..............i am on my way to buy all the supplies i need to do a little project like this.
Alison is an excellent teacher, such a great calm easy nature
she has inspired me and intend on picking up supplies to give as gifts to my artsy friends............I would LOVE to get paper, ink and a brush or two instead of flowers or a bottle of wine!!!
cant wait to see her next project!

Great demonstration. Simple, easy to follow steps. I do a lot of detailed watercolour painting and drawing, but have never tried drawing ink before, so I've put the Koh-i-noor on my shopping/gift wish list.

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