Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Inking Tips

I get asked a lot about what people should use to do traditional inking. Traditionally inkers in comics use the Hunt 102. Some use the Gillott which works essentially like a tiny brush because the tip of the nib is so flexible. Here is a link to a good place to find almost any type of nib you are looking for.

I've also heard good things the Deleter brand nibs from the company out of Japan. I have not used them but I've heard they are becoming very popular.

Pro Tip: Take an Ex Acto Knife and scrape the tip of the nib. This takes off some of the top layer of varnish and helps the nib hold the ink better.

Pro Tip: As far as ink goes. I use a combo of Pelican and Higgins as well as BlackStar ink. Finding a combo that gets you the correct flow off the pen while remaining black and not bleeding will take some experimentation. A lot of it has to do with how you store the ink and the level of humidity you are inking in.

Pro Tip: Obviously paper makes a big difference. I've seen a lot of artists get frustrated with inking because of bad paper. I prefer to use smooth Bristol board. The better the paper the less "pull" you'll get when the nib scrapes the paper. Better paper..better inks and less bleeding of the ink when it makes contact with the paper.

Pro Tip: Ink starting from the left hand corner down. This way you don't run the risk of smudging your inks while they are drying. Also also ways pull the nib down and away. Never try and ink up and down. It will split the nib and potentially splatter ink.

Pro Tip: When using a ruler tape pennies to the bottom of it so it's raised above the paper. This will stop ink from slipping out of the nib and under the ruler causing a mess.

Good Luck and good art.