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03-16-2007, 06:08 PM
Whats the best way to go about learning to ink? Is inking done digitally with photoshop or is it done manually? or both maybe? I'd love to learn how to do it, any advice would be much appreciated.

03-16-2007, 06:33 PM
It depends on what quality you want the outcome to be.

I myself love original art pieces of inking. Just to see the balance of the lines, what kind of technique is used to draw certain things and howcome inking is more apropriate for comics or not.

Digitally its a easier way to get there just for the digitally shape it will become in the end. But with loss of original drawing and the real balance of using a pen, brusch, nib and other real materials.

Computerised inking could be done either with photoshop or illustrator. Actually you can make it almost with any digital imageprogram in black and white but those two programs and a few others are more accurate for the purpose and also works fine for coloring digitally. Usually drawn with a wacom, Cintiq or in some cases with a mouse but preferable the first two. On youtube.com you can find a lot movies of people working either by hand or with the Cintiq or wacom its just to use the searchtool in youtube. Like this:


03-16-2007, 07:00 PM
I've found the best way to learn is just to experiment with all manner of brushes, pens, quills, brush pens, tech pens and anything else that will hold ink and just see what kind of effects you can achieve with them. There is an inkers community here with some really talented guys posting (especially that Jimmy Reyes fella...he posts as simply "jimmy" I'd definately go check out some of his stuff if you havent already). I'd also advise using good paper, the standard blueline paper soaks up ink like tissue paper, you get bleed and your lines look all blurry. It's well worth spending your money on something like Strathmore that wont bleed nearly as much and give you a much crisper line.

My last book "Half Dead" at DBPro/marvel I inked traditionally, I just started a new project I'm inking all in Adobe Illustrator. I prefer illustrator to photoshop and painter. illustrator you get a lot more control over the lines and even once you've finished it, its really easy to go back and change lineweights, change the style of the brush. Personally I think its much better suited to the task. You do lose a bit of the organic feel of traditional inks though when working digitally.

Here are a couple of tutorials for traditional inking

Brian Denham is doing his work completely in adobe illustrator, even the "pencilling", I can't even imagine doing that, I 've been doing rough pencils, scanning them, then inking digitally over them.

I hope some of that helps.

03-16-2007, 07:03 PM
How do you ink digitally? by using the mouse, or a tablet?

03-16-2007, 07:11 PM
I use a wacom tablet.

You might want to check out this place
a lot of pro inkers post here.