Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Inking with Gray

I've talked in the past about inking for color-- and essentially what that means is that the artist is leaving a lot to be filled in with color-- gray works the same way.

What do I mean?  Here's Mike's page this week;

After writing a lengthy critique and an explanation of why line weights are important but before I could send it, Mike sent in this:

Which caused me to delete the lengthy email.
I like this page with the gray.  The single lineweight works because the gray is that good.  This gives it nice balance and has a finish that makes it rock.

The ONLY thing I might do differently is not have that darker gray on the figure in the last panel.  I find personally having only one shade of gray works a bit better, or if you want to have multiple shades, some of the light gray could be on the edges or side of the figure in the last panel.  By having that dark a shade of gray at the bottom almost casts him in silohouette and it looks slightly awkward.

But this is great work, nice job Mike!

Sunday, July 2, 2017


From last week-- I sent you all the same panel to ink-- I'll add to this post as they come in.

Here is the original;

Done in blue line to make your ink lines stand out.

Here is the example I did in class.

On to the student work;

First Up is Sally;

Sally has some very confident lines and she's got the foreground midground background line weights properly divided.  I would just suggest she vary her lines a bit more on the foreground figure to keep those lines look alive.

And this one in from Dan H

Nice effort here from Dan.
Good linework-- the gray background works BUT you'll need to do something with the characters in the far background-- the face lines are far too generic, even though the original is pretty plain, there needs to be a bit more line variety to sell them.  With the background color so gray-- take the two figures in the background to complete black and see what that looks like.