浪漫菖蒲 / Roman shobu

An online sketch journal for the person who runs saicoink.

2010/06/10 - Brush Inking


I bought a new brush pen based on my friend's suggestion called Kuretake. It is a cartridge-based brush pen, and I find it easier to control than a traditional brush (which I've tried out before for a set of gauche paintings I did ages ago). I want to try to ink the next issue of OSCP with brush to give the lines more dimension but I'm not sure if I have time or the skills to pull it off. I'm currently inking the comic digitally and that makes it easier for me to fix mistakes made in pencils and tighten the lines but the final product is not as soulful as I would like. I wonder if there is a way I can ink digitally and have varying line widths.

Inking by nib or brush is a lot quicker in someways compared to digital but it is harder to fix mistakes and I really have no confidence with the things I ink by hand. No matter what anyone says, it lacks accuracy and precision which annoys me.

Example:

Concept is a playoff from a panel from Suehiro Maruo's DDT or something. Even though the brush inking on the right is more feeling, the digital inking on the right is technically a lot better. I showed this to a couple of people and everyone liked the drawing on the left most even though it really annoys me. I wanted to cry after I inked it because I thought it was so bad.

Length of time brush inking: Around 5
Lenght of time digital inking: Around 6-7?

Maybe if I wanted to ink my comic in brush I would have to 'ink' loosely digitally first for precision and use that as the guideline for the brush inking. That would mean my inking would take twice as long though.

Not sure what I should do! It is these kind of mundane things I worry about when making comics. I know the digital inking isn't the best but am reluctant to change it for OSCP now since I started using digital in the first place.

 
 
 
 

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Kat said...

I think inking is all about time and practice. I understand keeping OSCP digital for consistency, but if you continue to sketch and play around with brush pens, you'll get more and more confident. Don't give up!

Also, in terms of accuracy, worrying about it too much can lead to a stiff finished product. Your drawings are great, you should have faith enough in yourself to not be too nit-picky. I don't know how you work right now, but I personally find it easier to ink with brush if I draw bigger. I guess because the ink flow is greater than that of a nib pen, things don't get as muddled when the lines are longer and farther apart? If nothing else, stuff looks way slicker when it's scaled down.

January 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

saicoink said...

Dear Kat,
Thank you for your lovely comment! And I'm sorry that it took me several months to respond to you. I don't know if you will ever read this, but I thought that I wanted to write back...

Thank you for the advice about inking. As with a lot of art technique, I find that practice really does count! Already I feel a bit more confident in my brush work, having done many sketches with it, though there is still much to do done and improved on. :-)

I really want to work bigger if I do decide to do brush inking in the future. Right now I am working in letter size (8.5 x 11) because it can fit my current scanner... but even just doing pencils now I feel that it is too small for me to get in the details I want... hopefully someday I can be able to work larger.

June 8, 2011 at 5:16 AM

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