Once and future king - Pen Tool inking test WIP

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  1. Tom Heggie Tom Heggie

    Thought I'd try out a few things before starting officially on new comic - still lots of work to go on this one.

    As much as I love the Pen Tool, I'm not sure this is the right way to go for comic inking. It's taking way too long or maybe I've been spoiled by the years of Wacom use.

    Any hints or tips for achieving the metal and leather shading from Dribbble's many super skilled illustrators?

    about 1 year ago

  2. COBE COBE

    woah!

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    about 1 year ago

  3. Tom Heggie Tom Heggie

    @COBE thank you :)

    about 1 year ago

  4. Mike Armstrong Mike Armstrong

    Great pose, feels very solid... it might be worth looking at The Art Of Comic-Book Inking (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Comic-Book-Inking-2nd/dp/1593074050/ref=la_B0034P7D8K_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366200365&sr=1-1) as I *believe* they cover leather & metal in there. It's a difficult look to get right!

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    about 1 year ago

  5. Tom Heggie Tom Heggie

    @Mike Armstrong good shout on the book mate, cheers.

    Added a bit more to in during my lunch break and pretty sure that Pen Tool isn't the way to go for digitally inking the upcoming comic. I'm considering doing a couple of levels of shading over (far neater than this one) pencil pages. Tricky decision though, as I do like the almost notan look of solid black on white.

    about 1 year ago

  6. Mike Armstrong Mike Armstrong

    @Tom Heggie are you using Photoshop's pen tool? You might have a bit more luck with Illustrator (if you have time to adjust to the workflow), as Photoshop's "vectors" are an ugly, lurching bastardisation of the concept.

    Manga Studio is excellent, relatively cheap (around $80), specifically designed for comics work, and has top-notch drawing tools. The only downside is that it's a very different beast to any of the Adobe suite, so there's a fairly steep learning curve (especially as the documentation is woefully lacking).

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    about 1 year ago

  7. Tom Heggie Tom Heggie

    @Mike Armstrong I had an old version of Manga Studio, but had lots of trouble using it at the time. Once I upgraded PC laptop to Macbook Pro, I realised that it was the OS causing the troubles (had issues with all software and wacom tab). I'll give it a go and let you know how I get on.

    Oh and yeah, was using Photoshop's pen tool :)

    about 1 year ago

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