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Inking the comics
n_y_japlander at 2:41AM, July 20, 2007
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What does every one ink with?
I used to use razor pens, and drafting pens, but now a use a brush (fudepen; a fountain pen filled with sumi; a charcoal ink, that has a badger hair tip). The only downfall about brush inking, that I have found is the lettering. The brush just does not want to corner well. Therefore, I have been using the computer for the final cleaning and wording of my comic strip.
The secret is out… if you see one of my comics that are hand lettered, it is old. Computer lettering strips are newer.

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D0m at 4:10AM, July 20, 2007
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It's all done in Photoshop with my trusty tablet.

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mlai at 5:32AM, July 20, 2007
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I used to use nib pens with india ink. Looks great, but takes too long. So now I use:

Staedtler pigment liner (pens)
0.05mm, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7

Faber-Castell PITT artist pens black

Faber-Castell PITT artist pens shades of grey

Basically, artist pens and fine markers which I find in Office Depot. I like the results. I cannot use brush pens because of the scale of my drawings - normal 8.5x11 inch printer paper.

FIGHT current chapter: Filling In The Gaps
FIGHT_2 current chapter: Light Years of Gold
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cs3ink at 7:18AM, July 20, 2007
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For Terran Sandz I use a Deleter Neopiko Line .3, .5, & .8.

For Broken Things I most use a Deleter Neopiko Line .5.

And for Dead I just use a regular ole Uni-ball Deluxe Micro, bought from Walmart.

Later,
Chip
Creator of Terran Sandz and Broken Things, and now Dead. Check 'em out.
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Darth Mongoose at 1:49PM, July 20, 2007
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For FanDanGo I use Pilot drawing pens, 0.2mm, 0.5mm and 0.8mm. For larger areas of black, I use a ‘special black’ copic marker.
For the current RSOM entry I'm making, I use a pot of deleter ink and a Tachikama nib pen, and a brush for bigger areas.
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mlai at 4:06PM, July 20, 2007
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Hey Mongoose! So I tried the "color the area over and over until the colors look uniform," and it kinda works!

Only problem is, since I'm using Shades of Grey rather than, say, Yellow or Pink or Sky Blue… I can't really use that technique, because even light gray becomes black-gray if you color over the same area enough times.

But it looks like I've found an alternative solution… By planning out my coloring strokes, I try to give my streaks an intentional cross-hatching look rather than an ugly mess. I think it kinda works. I may be able to further refine it.

FIGHT current chapter: Filling In The Gaps
FIGHT_2 current chapter: Light Years of Gold
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shadowmagi at 12:45PM, July 22, 2007
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I used sakura micron pigment pens, and for large black areas i use a prismacolor marker :)
Any color iput in is also done with prismacolor markers~

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Phun at 4:00AM, July 24, 2007
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I use Manga studio EX for inking. For large black areas I use photoshop. And my tablet of course.
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silentkitty at 7:06AM, July 24, 2007
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Photoshop and my tablet. lol!

I used to ink by hand, I used Copics and/or Faber-Castell artist pens, but now that time has become a major issue, it's much faster for me to just do all the work digitally.
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MarcusRaven at 7:20PM, July 29, 2007
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For those of you that use Photoshop, what tools/settings do you use? I'm trying to learn more about it myself.
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mlai at 9:57PM, July 29, 2007
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http://www.drunkduck.com/VP_Fancomics/index.php?p=224546

OK, how the heck does Ni'lala ink matted black hair like that? It's awesome!

Does she do it by drawing in white highlights lines in the black hair via Photoshop? I never knew how it's done in comics, but it must be white lines that are drawn with white ink of something.

FIGHT current chapter: Filling In The Gaps
FIGHT_2 current chapter: Light Years of Gold
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Darth Mongoose at 12:38AM, July 30, 2007
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Hey Mongoose! So I tried the "color the area over and over until the colors look uniform," and it kinda works!

Only problem is, since I'm using Shades of Grey rather than, say, Yellow or Pink or Sky Blue… I can't really use that technique, because even light gray becomes black-gray if you color over the same area enough times.

But it looks like I've found an alternative solution… By planning out my coloring strokes, I try to give my streaks an intentional cross-hatching look rather than an ugly mess. I think it kinda works. I may be able to further refine it.

Umm, that doesn't happen with my grey markers. With copics going over the same grey a few times won't make it much darker at all. That's why the tone looks smooth on the earlier, grey pages of FanDanGo as well as the coloured ones.
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road at 2:01AM, July 30, 2007
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I use photoshop CS2 and my lovely roller-ball mouse. Hehe. I want a tablet~
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Meechi at 6:03AM, July 30, 2007
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I use micron pens .005 - .08. For larger black areas I have a Sharpie, and for the black areas with some fine details to them I use my brush pen. I use Photoshop and my tablet occasionally to touch up some lines.
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albone at 8:35AM, July 30, 2007
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I use Painter 9 for the most part. Nice, clean, smooth lines. I am a terrible inker, so sometimes I just take my pencil work, scan it into Illustrator and just use the LiveTrace function to ‘ink’ it.
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Blackmoon at 10:55AM, July 30, 2007
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I've considered inking, but no matter how I look at it, it would just double the amount of time I spend drawing, and if I screw up, I can't fix it (outside of white-out, but I don't trust that stuff).
So I just stick to the Levels feature in Photoshop.
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FAL at 2:37PM, July 30, 2007
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My tablet and Flash 8 here.
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SarahN at 5:09PM, July 30, 2007
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http://www.drunkduck.com/VP_Fancomics/index.php?p=224546

OK, how the heck does Ni'lala ink matted black hair like that? It's awesome!

Does she do it by drawing in white highlights lines in the black hair via Photoshop? I never knew how it's done in comics, but it must be white lines that are drawn with white ink of something.
I don't know but I wish I knew. She does it all on the computer though.
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mlai at 5:17PM, July 30, 2007
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I don't know but I wish I knew. She does it all on the computer though.
OK, then that would mean that she:

1. Color the hair solid black.
2. In Photoshop (or whatever), draw in white highlights using mouse/tablet.
3. Put some detailing on the highlights, such as differentiating some hair strands.
4. Use a layer to put that blue hair-gel glow to the white highlights.

I stared really hard at the hair she draws, and that's the conclusion I came up with.

FIGHT current chapter: Filling In The Gaps
FIGHT_2 current chapter: Light Years of Gold
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j giar at 9:20AM, Aug. 2, 2007
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For SoulDriver I use a brush….a quill…some microns….and some ink.

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spacehamster at 5:12PM, Aug. 5, 2007
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A brush and an array of Rotring technical pens. And I pitch large black areas on the computer to save time. I've tried inking digitally with the tablet before, but I find it just slows me down and the result doesn't look any better.
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jmt at 8:00PM, Aug. 5, 2007
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I guess I am old fashioned. I use sharpies, and Micron pens.



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WriterX at 1:48PM, Aug. 6, 2007
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… I don't know how to ink properly so… I don't ink… (don't ask).
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PIT_FACE at 4:57AM, Aug. 7, 2007
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whatever the hell i can afford at the time!heh heh. i realy like faber-pitt brush pens, but i gotta special order em and they can kinda be expensive, so if not that, then i get the micro pigma stuff or even sharpie pens sometimes which bleed like hell, but eh, it's there and i HATE leaving my work on the shelves cuase i cant find supplies.
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