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Inking Tutorial - Screening by Captain-Galant Inking Tutorial - Screening by Captain-Galant
Here's my first tutorial, basically my method of using a screened sketch for inking. My use of the computer in drawing goes beyond just finishing and is incorporated in even traditional techniques.

There was no way I could possibly have covered everything in one tutorial and made it even remotely useful, so I decided to break it into several parts, the first being my use of a screen for inking. Eventually I'll get to coloring and shading, coloring the inked lines, and adding a pattern to a drawing.

Hope this is at least somewhat useful.
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slifertheskydragon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, great tut, but what happens if you mess up when you're inking it? (what kind of pen do you recommend?)
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Captain-Galant Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
Well, the risk, whenever you ink, that you'll be halfway through and scrunge a line here and there. However, with the cyan screen method, you're not using your original drawing and thus you never damage that. Worst case, just print yourself another cyan copy and start over. Also, in Photoshop you can often clean up a rough line here and there, so I usually just continue inking and fix it later if needed.

As with any art, it's an aquired talent and practice makes perfect. The more you ink, the fewer mistakes one tends to make per drawing.

As far as pen, I find it's a very personal choice and often I'll use a different pen based on the look I'm trying to get. For smooth, clean lines I use an inexpensive, non-refillable technical pen in various widths. If I want a sketchy look, I'll often use a common black Bic ballpoint pen. I also enjoy "inking" with a black Prismacolor colored pencil which adds a nice texture if the subject so calls.

Try several and see what you prefer to work with for your own style and subjects. But whatever you do, have fun with it! :)
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slifertheskydragon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow, thanks for the comment and help!!! :hug:
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Captain-Galant Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
No problem. Glad I could help. :)
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yourcomicrelief Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
I don't know what the Captain would say in reply to this...but I personally would say that all you need to do is re-print out the sketch in it's cyan coloring and just start over.

This technique is great if you want to keep your original sketches intact without inking them and ruining the original concept. If you mess up, you just need to reprint.
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slifertheskydragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh...

wouldn't it be easier to just use that blue pencil? (where and what are those?)
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yourcomicrelief Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
By sketching with a regular cyan pencil will create differences in pixels in regards to intensity. All scanners are different, but coloring it cyan on the computer rectifies this problem.

Besides, to me, the cyan drawing pencils are hard to find where I am; tinting it cyan in Photoshop or any other image program is much cheaper, heh.
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slifertheskydragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah.

thanks for the explaination!
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megawackymax Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
Very cool! Though I don't think I'll use the cyan printing because here the color cartdriges for printers are too expensive and I only save them for very special moments. :-P If I start color-printing all my drawings...

Good tutorial. =D

There's more to do in the Net pof Nets!
(Megawacky Max)
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Captain-Galant Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
They're expensive here too. But I've found my ink use is really quite low. Remember, it's only a very light (20% or so) spray of cyan, so it doesn't use much ink.
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