This is the first of the Ink Sketches I’m hoping to do. Kind of a by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach to sketching. It’s great for loosening up and letting go. Something I can always stand to do more of. =s=
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Lately I’ve been experimenting, looking to break old habits and try to achieve a more contemporary look to my work. I think what I’ve noticed is I really enjoy feathering when I ink. Not a lot of comics out there today have art with much feathering.
A lot of that volume has been taken up by colorists who have more input as to the shape and end results of the book. Not that I’m against anyone making a living or making great art, but it’s not my preference to hand over so much control. While I won’t give up completely the hypnotic effect of feathering, I’ve made efforts to tone it down, to make it tighter. If you look at comics from the Bronze Age of comics (1970s) you’ll see massive feathering which carried over into the 80s. At least that’s not the deep end of the pool I’ve been swimming in. Still there are a few characters like Conan, that the romance of feathering still makes a lot of sense.
So as you might have it, I did up another Ink Style creating an image of filmmaker John Waters ala CHARLES BURNS. It’s not an exact rip on his style but it’s inspired by his great feather and surgical rendering. =s=
In the second part of this series, I found some old FANTASTIC FOUR pages that I’d never submitted to anyone. I finished inking them as a way to warm up and get back into inking sequentials…but this time I tried something a little different.
Never having toned anything I thought it’d be a nice look to see what something would like like with halftones. I worked out what a good linescreen would be in Photoshop instead of Clip Studio where I didn’t feel I had the same control over the pixel size of the dots.Still, it might be a matter of time before I actually ever do this in a real book. Who knows…just might need for the right project to come along.
I found some old DOC SAVAGE pencil pages that I thought I’d try a different ink approach. I grew up using crowquill but have never tried solely inking pages with it. While it’s an interesting approach I’m still not sure I like the results as much as brush.
For one the pages are not as soft as with my brush inking. Which in itself is it’s own look. I do like the immediacy of the line, but in this case I didn’t pencil knowing I’d be using quill, so I think I’d have probably made some adjustments.One thing that was actually kind of fun and new is using a metal straight edge for all my straight lines. I’d never done that before but I think the varied line weight makes for a more interesting outcome. Unfortunately, I had to switch to a regular inking pen to do any ellipses and circles. I have to assume artists way back when actually did it freehand. It would have looked to loose if I’d done it though.Check out the other original penciled and inked pages in my VARIOUS SAMPLES to compare.