Friday, August 03, 2012
Advanced Inking Techniques-Cover Assignment- Storyteller Girl
I used a G nib instead of a Manga tank this time, as I wanted to pull slightly fatter lines. I really like both nibs a lot, but they are both a bit limited- a manga tank pulls great fine lines, but will splatter if you put too much pressure on it. A G nib will pull lovely fat lines, but can't handle finer details. I usually use a G nib when I'm doing linework in white ink, as even watered down white ink will clog a tank pen.
Splatter technique isn't that new to me, but it's the first time I've utilized it in this class. I feel like splatter can seem a little disjointed from more mannered techniques, but that's what I wanted in this case. I used black ink to create the splatter gradient that fades the mountains into the sky, and then used white ink to put the stars in. To utilize the splatter technique, a mask can be very useful, and I generally make my masks out of tracing paper, cutting out the area that I want to splatter. You can also make masks out of friskit, regular paper, or even tape it off but I find I have the best overall experience just using tracing paper.
I also did the reverse of a technique I'd heard about when I first started at SCAD. It was recommended that we try using a black china marker to draw smoke, and I used a white. I first allowed the entire piece to dry overnight, then sprayed it down with matte fixative (to give the white china marker something to bite into) and started sketching in my smoke. I didn't have time to respray and reapply (to make more opaque smoke) so I cheated a bit and used white ink over that. The transition isn't as subtle as I would like, and I may go back over the china marker when the piece is returned to me. I'd also like to feather out the main character (Maran)'s kohl under eye smears, they're a bit harsh, but that'll have to wait.
Labels: Advanced Inking Techniques, brush, drybrush, feathering, inking techniques, nib, splatter, texture, The Storyteller Girl, white china marker
Vigilante comic artist, illustrator, and comic craft blogger at www.nattosoup.blogspot.com. I have an MFA from SCAD in Sequential Art, which means I'm highly educated in the art of drawing funny picture books. I specialize in comics aimed at young girls, and enjoy the finer things in life- seinen manga, whiney autobio graphic novels, and science fiction.