This weeks Comic Curve was going to be about something else, but today I just want to focus on how fun it is to ink. I watched a great video on inking by Francis Vallejo that was really inspiring. He used a reference of a woman in a kimono and talked through his inking process of said woman using a nib, brush, and then an ink wash. I learned quite a bit from the video, but the coolest thing was just to watch a better artist than I work through their process.
The video came at an opportune time, as I am close to behind on my summer schedule for Awful Lot and needed to get a page inked tonight. I've been working on my inking in Awful a lot, and seeing a pro was a real kick in the pants to get even better with my work.
I also finally finished a character sketch of Shock Watson I did for another aspiring comic creator Neil Cambre. You can check out his webcomic here. I tried a few things with low levels of success, but I had a great time working with someone elses character and just trying a big pin up style picture.
My biggest problem with inking the Watson picture was thinking of how the lightning from his hand would effect the shadows on his body. I'm a complete noob at lighting, I think the legs work ok, the arms are super wonky, and the helmet works decently well. The torso doesn't look too bad to me either but there I used the blacks more for definition than a true cast shadow. Maybe that should be my focus when spotting blacks starting out. Or maybe I should address the acknowledged lighting problem.
There's always a dozen new things to work on. Until next time.