Chapter 8 introduces nib pens, the classic tool for inking comics.
Questions to ask yourself
- How essential is the look of inked drawings to your idea of what comics is? Have you seen comics that are drawn in other media?
- Do you have favorite artists who work in ink?
- What techniques do you think they might use?
Supplies you will need
Collectively, along with inking brushes, technical pens, and other ink pens, this list is what we call "inking tools."
- india ink
- pen nibs and nib holders. Some suggestions for starter kits for nib pens:
- Rexel Drawing Pens Set. This contains eight Gillott nibs of various levels of flexibility and fineness.
- Speedball (Hunt) Sketching Pen Set. The "sketching" set is the best choice. It's more versatile than the "artist's" or—despite the name— "cartooning" sets
- Deleter Trial Pen Set. This is an assortment of nibs used by some manga professionals.
- graphic white
- brush to apply graphic white
- brush basin (optional)
- rag or paper towel
Optional but recommended
- bristol board
- your penciled "A month of Sundays" strip
- penciling tools
"A month of Sundays" inking
Remember to work with nib pens only, even for the lettering and panel borders. Click on the links below to see examples of the homework by students with some comments from Matt and Jessica.
Arthur Guptill and Susan Meyer, Rendering in Pen and Ink: The Classic Book on Pen and Ink Techniques for Artists, Illustrators, Architects, and Designers Klaus Janson, The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics Gary Martin, The Art Of Comic-Book Inking Joseph A. Smith, The Pen & Ink Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist
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