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« on: November 30, 2004, 12:02:02 am »
What in a drawing do you ink, and what do you use especially if you have a lot of fine lines?  I tried a felt tipped marker, it makes it stand out but the lines it makes are really fat so I can't use it for some things.  Do I even need to ink everything?  How else would I keep a pencil drawing from smearing?   Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2004, 03:10:43 am »
I normally ink all the outlines, edges, folds in clothing, markings, and sometimes a bit of fur/hair texture. (If I ink anything, that is -- I've been trying to draw without outlines lately). For this I use a small brush and india ink, you can paint thin and thick lines with it. Nothing beats a technical drawing pen for thin lines, but these are kind of expensive. You could also try a fineliner.

I'm not sure what you mean by inking a drawing to keep it from smearing. But you can spray your work with fixative, or put a piece of paper underneath your hand while drawing.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2004, 04:49:34 pm »
I ink major outlines and contours, then scan and do the rest digitally.

I use "Sharpie - Ultra Fine" because they're cheap. $5 gets you a 1/2 dozen from Staples. However, I do prefer Staedtler 0.05mm pens....but they're like $5/each from art stores.

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2004, 11:44:05 am »
Ooh ink!! I love ink!! Half my pictures I ink just because I love ink so much, even though I know they'd look better without it. Now what do I use...
Sakura Microns come in really small tips (down to .2 mm), so I use those for fine details. Faber-Castells are really matte (matte=not shiny) and really smooth, but they're also kind of fat. My favorite thing to ink with is a brush and bottle of ink. Mmm, I get the most matte ink available (I love black). Synthetic brushes are best for ink, I've been told.

So, what in a drawing do I ink? Well, if it's b&w, everything. If I want it to look anime-ish, I outline and color. If I want to look more serious, then I don't ink at all  ':p'

There are ways to keep your pencil drawing from smearing. There is some spray you can get at the art supply store to put on your drawing when it's finished so that it doesn't smudge. Unfortunatly, that doesn't help while you're working on it. You don't need to ink anything, inking is just a style some people use.
Just some useful tips I've learned:
Use fatter lines for things that are close, and thin lines for things that are far away.
To convey weight, use heavy lines. For instance, in drawing a figure, if he is sitting there would be weight on the bottem of his legs and butt, so you would make those lines heavier. Comic book artists use this technique a lot.

Sorry I ramble, but....I just love ink! I hope i didn't put you to sleep.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2004, 01:40:30 pm »
Quote (Sskessa @ Dec. 01 2004, 8:44 am)
You don't need to ink anything, inking is just a style some people use.

True. I just ink because it makes my scanner happier '<img'>

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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2004, 02:10:14 pm »
I don't usually ink, but when I do, I use a dip pen and a bottle of ink... they can make a much greater variety of lines then a felt tip marker..
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2004, 10:23:49 pm »
Dip pens...I tried those once, had the hardest time with them. I find the brush to be a lot easier. Especially cleaning them.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2004, 10:41:52 pm »
ok, so I don't have to ink to keep it from smearing, but I drw in a note book, an dpast experiance has told me to never write in pencil beause in a month it will just be a grey smear.  Where can I get this sprey?  Can I get it at staples or office max or do I need to go to a special art store?

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2004, 10:46:54 pm »
Let's see.....it's called "Fixative", for pastel, charcoal or pencil, it comes in glossy or matte, and I got mine at an art supply store. I doubt you would be able to get it at an office supply stope.
Maybe you should think about getting a drawing book instead? The fixative might last longer that way.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2004, 05:15:59 pm »
I use varius sized stylographs ( fountainpens ) of "staedler" most of the time I use the 0.5mm.

I dislike other brands, unfortunately Staedler's are kinda pricey over here.
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2004, 10:12:33 pm »
Quote (Varg the wanderer @ Dec. 01 2004, 10:41 pm)
ok, so I don't have to ink to keep it from smearing, but I drw in a note book, an dpast experiance has told me to never write in pencil beause in a month it will just be a grey smear.  Where can I get this sprey?  Can I get it at staples or office max or do I need to go to a special art store?

Thanks for your replys so far '<img'>

We used this in my art class, good stuff! I was tought you can use hair spray to do the same thing but in college my professor gave me this horrified look and was like 'WHat?!!!" Apparently the alcohol and other fixatives in cause your paper to yellow faster than it normally would. If you want to draw on paper I suggest going with archival safe paper, usually they will have a sticker on the package specifying it is archival safe.

A word of warning if you use the fixative bought at the store (can be found at Wal Mart for one): It is dangerously toxic and the fumes will kill you, so when you use it you have to use it outside or you'll be setting yourself up for some serious problems... Always spray it in the direction the wind doesn't blow the fumes back at you.

As for inking, I use a Pilot G2, very fine lines, ink is thick and heavy, get such awesome black lines with it, you just have to wait till it dries fully before erasing pencil lines around it otherwise it will smear a bit. Usually only takes 5 minutes. That can also be picked up at walmart.

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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2004, 05:34:52 pm »
everything, I tend to sketch in ink ':p'

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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2004, 06:28:56 pm »
I use a fountain pen, and have found that the cheap ones they make for school kids are really good. They're cheap enough to replace if you lose one and they can get pretty fine lines on them. The pen I use was a gift about 9 years ago but is a cheap old fountain pen. The dip types are good, but I find then a bit scratchy and not having a built in ink resevoir it can make things very slooooow.
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