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« on: May 29, 2007, 04:14:32 am »
I hate inking so much. In fact i'm just generally lazy with my work and nothing really gets past the "random scribble that happened to turn out good" part. But if inking was less of a chore i'd probably make more art.

I've tried most of the simple ways and still not found much that makes inking even slightly fun.

So, forgive me if there is another topic. But i thought it would be good to share everyone's inking techniques in hope that at least some of us will find a less painstaking way to lineart.

HOW I DO IT.

Photoshop polygon lasso tool and a sloths patience.
This technique has varying results and sometimes you can call being sloppy "the style you wanted."

Basically, you use the polygon tool on a new layer above your scribble to make shapes that build up the lines of your picture. The more points of contact you have, the curvier and smoother the lines (which are just made up of thin block shapes) will be. You fill in the sections as you go. You can go to select - modify - smooth to make your lines smoother if you like, but sometimes it's nice to not take your time at all and be really scruffy. If that isn't clear, tell me and i'll make a tutorial if you want to know.

Here's an example of how it can look if you do it smoothly.
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Ald lineart of Sly Racoon done in this technique too, this worked quite well.
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Flash
I quickly dropped this method because of how lifeless it made my drawings look, but it is the EASIEST and QUICKEST way i've found.

If you've got flash, you're probably already awear that you can basically draw a straight line and bend it into place. That's why this method is so quick and easy, but the results are kinda bleh. =/

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Real media... and some help from a printer
This is my favourite way, although it helps if you've got a good pen. I like the packs you can get with varying sizes and a brushtip.

Scan you're almighty scribble and take it to photoshop, where you shall turn it RED and print it.

Then, ink the red drawing. The great thing about printing is your hand can mess up your drawing as much as it wants, but you'll NEVER loose your beautiful sketch.

Scan, again, and take out the red filter. And you have your lovely lineart! Which you can then tidy up... erase any mistakes, etc.

It's now ready to CG! But if you want to use real media, you can just print your lineart! =D

I send anything through my printer, even tracing paper. As long as it's cut to size right, you're printer should handle sketchbook/thin-medium arts papers.

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Please post your own techniques.

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 04:30:02 am »
I ink my work (most of the time) with the printer method. X3

Then I run it through Streamline to make the lines crisp and easy to work with.
 

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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007, 04:02:36 pm »
Lol, well you could do it like me and once you scan it in, go over each line with the mouse. XD I refuse to do it any easier way.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 06:54:15 pm »
My main way is with the brush tool in Illustrator.  I love the flowing lines you get with that program.

Secondary method is with Copic liners, though I'm a bit out of practice with those.  I take a finished pencil drawing, take it to my light box, put a nice piece of vellum over it and go from there, adding various details and such.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007, 11:21:26 pm »
I am currently inking with my speedball pen that I got today and I am quite pleased with it, I was able to find a package with a nib, a holder, and some ink so I am able to use that, then I use my prisma color pencils to color it, I used to use those micron pens, but they always dried up on me and I once had one where the felt nib broke because it was so fragile and I put too much presure on it, but with a dip pen, you can change broken nibs and buy new ink, thus they are reuseable. I just did my first doodle, though I can't put on the forums as its not really appropreate for here.

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007, 02:24:57 am »
I ink my original sketches with pens, but i should do the printer method... so many times iv'e decided after the fact that I'd like to try two versions of the same pic, and couldnt.

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2007, 02:26:24 am »
I just zoom to 300%, take out my black 3 pixel brush and draw away.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2007, 08:45:59 am »
I'm a traditional artist, so no computers for me! (Yet)

I used to use regular ink pens, but I've since switched to using Speedball Quill Pens. Once you get used to using them, which takes no time flat, you can get a really nice ink job. I like using quills because you can get a very natural flow to the ink, varying the lins thickness from miniscule to very thick. The only way to ink!

If you ever go the traditional method, you should try it out! You can buy a basic set from most hobby stores that comes with a small bottle of ink, a pen holder, and a #102 Hunt Crow pen nib (My personal favorite). That's what I started with, and I've since bought all the nibs they offer and a selection of inks as well.

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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2007, 04:22:05 pm »
I scan the pencil sketch so I have a copy of the original version if it all goes pearshaped, then hand-ink the original.

Toolwise I go for a dip pen and india ink, the nib is rolled and fairly broad, although I am thinking about getting a second dip pen with a narrower nib for fiddly bits and variety. For large areas of black I have an old watercolour brush just to cover the surface quicker.

My nib is apparently made by Brause. Most of the art shops I've frequented have favoured German brands and I find them reliable and well made, although I once found some Dutch paper so great I';ve been searching for more ever since....
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2007, 08:09:31 pm »
Two methods:

1. Photoshop, tablet, 300dpi grayscale scan, 9px brush.

2. Thick paper, ultra-fine Sharpies and some really-fine Uniball pen that I think is discontinued by now, 600 dpi monochrome scan.

It's mostly a matter of getting practice at it really, and of finding methods you're good at.  For a while I thought I ought to get used to using a brush and India ink like my idols (Bill Waterson, D.C. Simpson, and Walt Kelly) did.  But I never got that good at it, plus it didn't feel right.  Now I'm using way cheaper methods than that, and I'm doing better than ever and loving it.  It's all relative.
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2007, 10:48:41 pm »
I have to ink TWICE

after scanning in the hand inked peices, I have to go back and patch up the holes the scanner reveals '<img'>

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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2007, 11:11:18 am »
Forgot to mention that I lay the orignal sketch out on to a light-board and do the inks on a clean sheet of Bristol Board over that. This works well since there is no erasing, and the pencil marks won't interfere with any coloring. Plus, you then still have the original should your ink blot, or your dog pounces your pen or something...

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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2007, 04:01:33 pm »
I have and use only two tools for my work:  Photoshop 7.0 and the almighty number 2 pencil.

To make it look more like penwork I alter the levels in Photoshop, then use the eraser tool a whole bunch.  Just to let you know, this is in every way the wrong way of doing it.

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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2007, 07:10:48 pm »
some nib and a bottle of blackmagic, havent done it in a while so names i forget....or my favorite, needles and ink. interesting enough sumi ink work well on paper or skin.

still im more like you inking drawings most of the time is too much work, and using nibs can take longer to do than other methods, but it looks better in the end.
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2007, 01:02:08 am »
Havent seen you around in ages, Lordstacker.  Do you still do any art, by chance?

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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2007, 03:33:05 pm »
sure man, just getting around to posting something sometime soon maybe. mainly working in skin art lately is all. and some furry comic ive been working on as well.....more when i get to posting anything.
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2007, 08:32:38 pm »
I AM INCREDIBLY LAZY. but hten agian im really  broke. usualy i dont ink unless i wnat to share it online, other wise i leave it alone. but i will use any kinda pen, Ibic has the best cheap ball points, i have had expensive gells and fine tip markers and what not. but i guess its easest to just scrible in pen, that wya you dont have to ink, or like a buddy of mine did, just color it and avoid the pen one way or another. unless your like me and you color too lightly... u__u

ps: i never found a way around inking, i just have to wait till i am bored, nothings on tv, and a good jam is on hte stareo.




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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2007, 12:15:36 am »
I ink with Micron felt tipped pens, Ball pens , normal pens, random pens....Even sharpies and craola markers---What I do to keep it interesting is to mix it up-- Add three outlines--add a nice border.
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2007, 08:28:39 am »
I use the pen tool in photoshop to form a path in the shape of the line I want then "stroke path" using the brush tool at 85% hardness.

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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2008, 11:19:00 pm »
I ink my work whit these (like fourth left to right) , i don't know how they're named in english =S


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« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2008, 09:53:34 am »
I just use this pen I have and ink then erase my sketch..
If I do digital I ink in flash since I rarely do more than quick cartoons or icons in photoshop anymore.
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« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2008, 01:41:43 pm »
I'm rather hardcore, I figure. I don't use the computer for my furry artwork except to scan and present it.
As for inking, I use a good pointy tipped brush and some permanent designers' ink and go to town. It's that simple.
 
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« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2008, 03:28:30 pm »
I really suck at inking. I used to scan in a sketch then do it in Illustrator with the pen tool now though I think I’m just going to do it all in Photoshop.
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« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2008, 06:32:36 pm »
I use just one fineliner to ink any pics I do.  I just go over the bits I want thick. However this is if I can be bothered to do it
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But if I'm feeling lazy I just go over the lines in one thickness,eg: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/915544/

I just go over the lines then rub out the pencil, then scan it

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« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2008, 04:03:25 pm »
Rarely ever inks, but the last few times i tried i cheated and used Illustrator CS2 to ink them for me n.n;;