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Inking Process

For all of you drawing nerds, here's a sequence on the inking method I'm using right now. In these 4 pages the main character eats Korean food with his friend, goes to a bookstore and then follows two mysterious strangers.

At this stage the lettering has been inked with a B6 speedball nib pen- not the smoothest writing tool but is has a nice subtle shape that adds a little variation to the line width. Borders and major contours are inked in with a Winsor Newton # 6 sable, the classic workhorse of cartoonists everywhere. Almost everything is pencilled, but there are some sections of background that are missing just because I ran out of steam and decided to move forward.

At this phase narrow contours and some light mid-tones have been applied with a Uni-Ball Vision Micro. These are sold as writing pens in office supply stores but they us an archival pigment based ink that is indistinguishable from Rapidograph ink. Personally I feel that they are much easier to use than technical pens as well. I've chased down some of the missing pencilling and used the narrow line of this pen to resolve details that were not front and center in the previous step. Solid blacks are marked with an "x."

At this point I have filled in all of the solid blacks with the trusty #6 brush, then that same brush has done heavy dagger-style hatching in some of the background gradients. I did some suibokuga-style scumbling to get the texture on the pork- basically you try to form your brush into a ragged "J" shape and let it get slightly dry. I don't usually mess around with those sorts of shenanigans but it seemed to be necessary in this case. This book has me drawing a lot of food, which is not something normally done in black and white comics. Not sure I can make it look appetizing, but maybe that's not the point.

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