I recently began inking digitally. I was just showing some improvement with inking with a brush but I was lured into digitally inking with the hope that I could turn out high quality work faster. And although there are clear positives I am not completely convinced that I should continue inking digitally.
Last year I completed a 30 page comic. It took over a year to complete I wanted to get started on the next installment to keep the many fans (3 people, including my family) I took up the cintiq thinking It would look slightly different but In the end I would be able to mimic any traditional style and I would do it in half the time.
I did work much faster and yet the endless tweaking may have made the process equally as slow as inking traditionally.
But now that I am close to completing the 2nd book I am unsure of the final result. In some ways I turned out pages I think I would of had a hell of a time doing traditionally but I don't have the same satisfaction as creating a one of kind line on vellum or Bristol.
|1.First I complete the regular old pencil drawing then it is scanned. I am not a tight penciler. I wish I was but I like to tighten and draw a little at each stage not be too rigid. But maybe it is a detriment to the final product. as you can see I can easily swap out drawings when months later i decide that a drawing was crumby.
2. Then on a layer i just put down a line like a wire frame of all the shapes. it usually simplifies the pencil drawing.
Thanks for looking. I would love to be turned on to other folks process digital or traditional. This kind of process stuff intrigues me to no end.