Funny & profane guide to digital inking

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  1. Lyle Hopwood says:

    I saw this on Making Light this morning and spent ten minutes trying to work out which one was the “better” one. Eventually I learned that the one with the mouth shaped like a graffiti penis was the good one. Or possibly the bad one, I forget. The other one was just wrong, or possibly perfect. 

    I had another look just now and my RK-destabilized eyes are so much better in the PM that I can see the menu box says “chalk”, not as I thought this morning “chak”. However, I still can’t tell which is the “better” one.  What’s the secret? Or is it a funy joak and really, neither is any good? Or, both are great?

    • The one drawn with chalk looks better at huge size, but when both are shrunk down, they look almost identical. She’s making two points: textured brushes are better, and all line art improves when you shrink it down.

  2. I don’t get it..   does this end up looking like a vagina or something?  I don’t see it.

  3. naam says:

    Ok, let me be upfront and call al those rules very personal. I break them all. Hard round rules (though use it flattened a bit). Also, you (well, I) really need to work at a reasonable size and resolution for your gestures to come out nice, lest you lose your handwriting in micromanagement (and inking is all about handwriting). And textured brushes are (for inking) a big, biiiiig nono!

    I also break the “I hate inking’ rule. Maybe that’s the biggest difference ; ). Also, don’t mouse it! If you need to mouse your lines you’re better off inking IRL and scanning that, really. 

    Breaking all those rules leads to stuff like http://naamaak.blogspot.nl/search/label/digital (that tag is all digitally inked). But i probably take this rant way too seriously and am missing the finer points of humor here.

  4. joeskunk says:

    This is very good and is all things I wish I’d learned long ago.

  5. TheOven says:

    The entire copy is set in caps. I can’t take a lesson from some one that’s yelling at me, and that doesn’t understand that all caps is hard to read. 

  6. Beth Cravens says:

    I just scan the original lines into photoshop and paint in a layer underneath. much easier lemme tell ya. I probably DO need to use textured brushes though. If anybody is interested in getting some tips from a real pro go to Tom Richmond’s (Mad magazine cartoonist) site, he has lots of tutorials that are helpful.

  7. BirdBot says:

    I hate to be negative, but this is not particularly good ink work. I supposed he/she rushed for the sake of making a point, but these lines are sloppy and lifeless. I supposed the chalk brush is acceptable if the final product is meant to retain a slightly rough feel, but I personally would only use it for very soft, sketchy or painterly work. If the intention is a nice, clean outline, Illustrator (or any vector based program) is the way to go.

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