Comic book inking

October 13, 2013 Uncategorized 0 Comments

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve inked seriously.  By seriously, I mean with a brush and or quill.  Not just pens or even brush pens.  Here’s my pencils sample.  It’s page 1 of my comic book called “Hiraku”.  This is the pencils.

Here is my inks, done with a #0 no name brand brush, a #1 Windsor & Newton synthetic brush, and Windsor & Newton black indian ink.  I inked the panel borders with a .5 Micron which seemed to be an error.  So I went out and bought a set of Rapidograph pens to fix my panel borders later and for any technical illustrations.


Inking tooks longer than penciling on this page for me.  I’m slower with a brush than I am with a pencil just because I haven’t used them for so long.  Hopefully this will change soon after a few more pages.  The good part in inking my own drawing is that I know what I’m going for and I don’t need to explain it to another inker.  The bad part is that it fees like I have to draw my page twice.  I would call my pencils semi-clean.  There is still room to make drawing decisions and editing during the inking stage.  Making these decisions also take time so I’m not just simply tracing entirely with my creative brain on break.

This is the first page I inked so I think it’s pretty rough but I’m pretty happy with it despite the fact.  Things are moving forward and I still have 23 more pages to go.

For this page, the plants in panel 5 were very hectic and busy.  I didn’t pencil them that tightly so you couldn’t really tell what leaf is in front of which leaf.  In the beginning I really wanted to make progress so I didn’t want to get stuck too much from over detailing.  So those decisions had to be made during inking.

This page is about peace, so I utilized repetitive patterns to show the concept of order and uniformity.  The Japanese white pine tree and native plants were designed with that idea in mind.  The light source is soft and ambient.