Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

Pen sizes(What's just right?)
Piscareous at 6:51PM, Nov. 28, 2006
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While working on the first chapter of my comic I've experimented with a couple of different ways to do things. Currently the comic is pencil only, but I feel that it looked better when it was inked. The problem is when I did ink my pages It was always a struggle to not completly screw up a good page. I would have drawn my character's pretty well and then when I ink it(escpecially the face)it would be to….thick looking I guess. I would lose the detail i had in the eyes before the inking.
Basically I want to know whats a good size pen to use when inking characters, and the pages in general?
(sorry for the small rambiling:)
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Mega Josh at 9:18PM, Nov. 28, 2006
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Personally, I like using a B-sized pen for outlining and an F-sized pen for the smaller details. Since you're using an anime-like style, I would recommend an S-sized or an F-sized pen.
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Rich at 9:36PM, Nov. 28, 2006
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Pen sizes? This makes no sense to me. I use a standard bic pen because they are cheap and reliable.
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Aeon at 6:22AM, Nov. 29, 2006
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Also, consider using a lightbox (or, for poor people like me, a backlit window) to trace your penwork over the original page. That way, if you mess it up, the original is unharmed, and you can just go at it again.

As far as pens go, I usually use Sakura Micron pens in .01 and .05 sizes. If there's a large black area I'll use a Pilot V5 Precise, because they're my favorite pen and I have tons of them lying around. However, I also play around a lot with pen and ink… you can get a whole slew of different nib sizes for about the cost of two Microns, but they definitely take some getting used to before you can control your lines with any precision. The benefit of getting proficient with pen and ink is that there's a nib for just about everything you want to do… and even when nibs get old and worn, they can be used for all kinds of neat effects.
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Mimarin at 4:07PM, Nov. 29, 2006
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I totally misread this topic title.

Oh man, Also, what are these “pens” of which you speak?
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Piscareous at 5:44PM, Nov. 29, 2006
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Mimarin
I totally misread this topic title.

Oh man, Also, what are these “pens” of which you speak?

As in types of pens that you can ink your comics with.
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Mimarin at 5:50PM, Nov. 29, 2006
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OH RIGHT, it's one of those paper related things again isn't it?
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Piscareous at 6:56PM, Nov. 29, 2006
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OH RIGHT, it's one of those paper related things again isn't it?

Actually it deals more with the size of the lines the pen makes.
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Knuckles at 11:29AM, Nov. 30, 2006
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I use the .005 Size Microns for doing small details or making thin lines in places to vary my line widths. I also use .01 and .03. I will use .08 or a sharpie for really large pictures that require very thick lines.

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Mark at 10:52AM, Dec. 1, 2006
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I use a brush pen, that way I can manipulate the size by changing how hard I press. It takes some getting used too though, as for pen sizes, I think anything under 0.5 should be fine for details, and for thick lines get a sharpie or something.
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Phantom Penguin at 5:26PM, Dec. 1, 2006
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I use Sakura 005 for nearly everything. But i have a thin-lined comic.
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Beaums at 2:17AM, Dec. 2, 2006
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Ah yes… the age old question of what pens to use, and what size they should be. I could be really cheesy and go on about how only you can decide on the right look for your comics, but we all know that answers like that make it seemingly harder for you to decide. So nuts to that, let's skip to the chase.

I use a set of Pigma Micron pens, which I think are very effective when it comes to that cartoony-look. The sizes of these Micron pens usually range from 0.005 mm to 0.8 mm in size. I rarely use a 0.8 pen for my characters though, it usually comes into play when I need to ink my speech bubbles or panel borders. For getting the bigger, less intricate features on your characters, I recommend a 0.3 or 0.5 pen. Those kinds of pens also work good for the overall outline of your character, if you want to improve punctuation. When you want to get more detailed, I suggest, 0.005, 0.1 and sometimes 0.2. Sizes like those produce the finest of lines, but you gots ta be careful.

Oh, and when I'm just messing around with my doodles, I use a Staedtler triplus fineliner. It's roughly 0.3 mm, and perfect for experimenting. I wouldn't use it for a professional comic myself, but it's up to you.

Anyways, I hope that helps! ;) Pigma Microns are definitely my top choice, but I'm seeing some really good suggestions in this thread, so let your senses guide you. Or, you know, your logic, whatever floats yer boat.

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Scott Story at 6:56PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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I use a good ol' croquil pen, available at art shops or on line, and ink. Rotring art pens are nice too, if a little pricy. The croquill gives great line variation and is also good for fine detail.
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shadowmagi at 8:02PM, Dec. 19, 2006
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I personally love how fine mechanical pencils and ballpoint pens are. Plus, they have the advantage of not wearing out as fast as really fine inking pens :D
But for actual inking, I love my 0.20mm and 0.25mm sakura micron pens ^.^

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lothar at 2:34AM, Jan. 5, 2007
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i usually just use whatever is lying around and has ink in it, mostly sharpies
and for paper i used standard printer paper 500 sheets for 5$
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Roguehill at 5:45AM, Jan. 5, 2007
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I use Pigma Microns .5 and .1, along with various sharpies. Occasionally, I will use brushes if I feel it really neeeds is (a number 1 and a number 8). I use markers for shading, which isn't really related, but….there you are. 8-)

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