Saturday, August 10, 2013

Inking Made Easy

I published this on Twitter the other day. Figured I might as well place it here, too.
Here, in my semi-humble opinion, is what makes good comic book inking, in five not-so-easy steps:

1- Draw, don't trace. You don't have to be Frazetta, but you have to know what the forms are and how to contribute to them. Always.
2- Make confident lines. We don't want to see you tentatively feeling your way around. Make every line like you know it's the right line.
3- Vary line weights. If all your line weights are the same the work will be flat. Fat, bold lines next to razor thin lines makes stuff POP.
4- Texture. Develop & consistently apply visual shorthand for textures. Complex or simple, they must be convincing. Wood, steel, cloth, etc.
5- Saved the most important for last. Help tell the story! Spot blacks. Separate visual planes. Keep things clear. Story > pretty lines.

There. Now you can all go be brilliant inkers and take all the jobs. I don't care anymore. I'm a writer! #alleged


Nesbeth Design said...

Thanks. This is some of the best drawing advice I've read in a while. Though you're correct; it's not easy to follow.

Nesbeth Design said...

Are pencillers allowed to feel their way around tentatively?