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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 20 January 2021 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's been some nice work in this thread. I am enjoying seeing everyone's efforts. Thanks for sharing, guys!

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Paul Wills
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Posted: 24 January 2021 at 9:49pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply


I thoroughly enjoyed inking this page. I love how the panels are split by the beams!
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Shane Hill
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Posted: 25 January 2021 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Great looking page Paul! I loves me some Gladiator!! What are you inking with?  

I ask because my only real critique of this is that your line weights all seem to similar.  A little more variation on the line weight would really help 'POP' Gladiator into the foreground (with a thinker/bolder outline on him) and some variation in the line weights as a whole would also help with things like hair and hatching.

It's a little nit-picky... but it will really make the page separate better and make your foreground character really stand out.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 25 January 2021 at 2:01pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Thanks Shane!
I'm using technical pens - I've tried brush, quill, tablet.. but technical pens are the tools I feel most comfortable with.

I completely agree with the critique - after I finish inking and reduce it, I see the same thing you're telling me. In fact, I remember JB mentioning the line weight issue a while back. I'm going to select a random page again and have another go to see if I can use these critiques to my advantage.
(Not nit-picky - well appreciated!)
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Shane Hill
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Posted: 25 January 2021 at 2:15pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Paul... I used to use tech pens / rapidograph pens back in the day.  I would have a few different sizes and I would ink with one size to lay down the medium size lines, then take a finer pen to give the lines variation.  I'm pretty sure Terry Austin did that too.  It gives the illusion of a brush ink job, but allows you more control.

I found these Japanese brush pens called Zibra Pens.  They have different brush sizes, but feel like a pen.  They are my go to now for physical inking.  I mostly ink digitally now.

Also... paper quality makes a difference too.  A nice bristol board / comic paper helps.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 25 January 2021 at 2:22pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Appreciate the tip! (No pun intended Haha)
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 28 January 2021 at 10:17pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


Ok I used a bit of brush and tech pen with this one. Apologies for the shadow effect from the copy.
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Shane Hill
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Posted: 30 January 2021 at 4:14pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Nice inks Paul!  I do see your point that the greyscale background pencils scans are obscuring and blurring some of your lines.  

Have you thought of printing out the pencils in blue?  Then when you scan your inked page in, you can remove the blue digitally and get crisper scans.

Shane
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 01 February 2021 at 11:12am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Thanks again Shane! I know it's better to ink on blue pencils. It's just an involved process for me to print in blue and have the copy facility reproduce it exactly. If only I had one of those giant printers...
I've seen your work as well - super nice!
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Shane Hill
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Posted: 01 February 2021 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Thanks Paul.  It seems easy to have clean stuff... when its all done digitally.  BUT... the price I pay is that I'm slower than a glacier because of the digital crutch. lol
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 07 February 2021 at 10:06am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

This was done w/ tech pen & brush. I tried not to use french curve so much this time (I don't know why I keep choosing the pages with the strange Byrne creatures, but man they're fun to ink!).



Edited by Paul Wills on 07 February 2021 at 1:27pm
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 07 February 2021 at 1:10pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Nice work, Paul!
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