1. zombrain:

    blogofkellyjohnson:

    SO! A user, fellow artist, and friend by the name of gweakles mentioned today that she wanted an inking tutorial out of me (and subsequently made me art-blush)! Given that I’m still in the beginning stages of learning to ink, I figured a good way to start would be sharing the tools that I’ve been working with.

    Of course, different brands and tools work for different people in different ways. So what I use will be completely different from what might work for you. I’m just sharing what does it for me, ink-wise!

    We got: 

    Daler Rowney Pro Black - for those black than black areas that you just need to be really really black.

    Speedball Super Black India Ink - After not enjoying Higgins Black Magic, I’ve moved on to this guy as my all-around inky-ink, and it’s been nice. Very nice, thicker than Higgins, and pretty darn velvety.

    Pebeo Drawing Gum - really liquidy and dries to a light blue color, I love using the dip pen/nib to apply it, and it washes off well with water afterwards. Good for masking out areas that you want to stay white, of course!

    Jar of water

    Scrap piece of whatever - right now it’s just a sample of Ampersand Claybord that I got from work. I like using it to do practice runs with the dip pen and test out watered-down ink before applying it to the paper.

    Old credit card - this is a great tool for doing controlled splatters with ink/masking fluid and the dip pen. Make sure to use a nib you don’t care about, cause this thing will kill it. Just snap the nib against the edge of the card and voila, you have some neat-looking spray effects.

    Jar top - the black one at the bottom, I just use it to mix watered down ink for washes.

    Dip pen and nib - Just some crappy old thing I found in a drawer. I use it, along with the brush, to do the majority of my inking. If I need an even, straight line, I go for this one. 

    Rafael Kolinsky Sable Series 8408, No. 2 - OKAY. THIS BRUSH. THIS. BRUSH. Was worth every penny that I forked over for it. The 8408 series has a super fine tip on the sable hair, and the whole thing holds a ridiculous amount of ink. That means you can go from a super thick line, to a hairline in the same stroke. I cannot begin to explain how excited I am about this brush. Maybe I’ll write a whole post about it later. It’s so so nice for curves, effects, and just general flowy inking.

    Paper towel and cardboard - paper towel is for getting rid of excess ink on the brush, and the cardboard for protecting my white desk!

    Strathmore Bristol Smooth (not pictured) - smooth bristol is ah-mazing for inking, and the Strathmore just kinda does it for me. More on that later.

    Spotify (not pictured) - I don’t know about you, but Thee Oh Sees really gets me in an inking mood. Try ‘em out sometime! ;)

    That’s about it! I’ve never really written one of these before. Never really felt worthy enough. So I hope you enjoyed it. Maybe there was something buried in there that’s a little bit new to one of you. If so, I’m glad. Learning is just so much fun, guys.

    Never felt worthy enough gurl plz, ms. selling her stuff at shows and getting commissions :P We always have stuff to learn and share. And your work is amazing.

    Thank you for sharing with me. I always wondered if I should put out a little more dough for some nicer brushes and I think I may have to. The way you boast about those line variations will be my push!~

    Fff thank you! Yeah, there seem to be a few magic brushes out there that kind of defy the laws of brushes in general, and that Rafael Kolinsky is one of them. I originally learned about it through THIS youtube video, and I’ve been doing everything they mentioned about caring for it, and so far, it’s been working perfectly. 

     
  2. Finished up the last of the 5 character illustrations last night! Now I can finally move on and start working on these in photoshop! Woop!

     
  3. SO! A user, fellow artist, and friend by the name of gweakles mentioned today that she wanted an inking tutorial out of me (and subsequently made me art-blush)! Given that I’m still in the beginning stages of learning to ink, I figured a good way to start would be sharing the tools that I’ve been working with.

    Of course, different brands and tools work for different people in different ways. So what I use will be completely different from what might work for you. I’m just sharing what does it for me, ink-wise!

    We got: 

    Daler Rowney Pro Black - for those black than black areas that you just need to be really really black.

    Speedball Super Black India Ink - After not enjoying Higgins Black Magic, I’ve moved on to this guy as my all-around inky-ink, and it’s been nice. Very nice, thicker than Higgins, and pretty darn velvety.

    Pebeo Drawing Gum - really liquidy and dries to a light blue color, I love using the dip pen/nib to apply it, and it washes off well with water afterwards. Good for masking out areas that you want to stay white, of course!

    Jar of water

    Scrap piece of whatever - right now it’s just a sample of Ampersand Claybord that I got from work. I like using it to do practice runs with the dip pen and test out watered-down ink before applying it to the paper.

    Old credit card - this is a great tool for doing controlled splatters with ink/masking fluid and the dip pen. Make sure to use a nib you don’t care about, cause this thing will kill it. Just snap the nib against the edge of the card and voila, you have some neat-looking spray effects.

    Jar top - the black one at the bottom, I just use it to mix watered down ink for washes.

    Dip pen and nib - Just some crappy old thing I found in a drawer. I use it, along with the brush, to do the majority of my inking. If I need an even, straight line, I go for this one. 

    Rafael Kolinsky Sable Series 8408, No. 2 - OKAY. THIS BRUSH. THIS. BRUSH. Was worth every penny that I forked over for it. The 8408 series has a super fine tip on the sable hair, and the whole thing holds a ridiculous amount of ink. That means you can go from a super thick line, to a hairline in the same stroke. I cannot begin to explain how excited I am about this brush. Maybe I’ll write a whole post about it later. It’s so so nice for curves, effects, and just general flowy inking.

    Paper towel and cardboard - paper towel is for getting rid of excess ink on the brush, and the cardboard for protecting my white desk!

    Strathmore Bristol Smooth (not pictured) - smooth bristol is ah-mazing for inking, and the Strathmore just kinda does it for me. More on that later.

    Spotify (not pictured) - I don’t know about you, but Thee Oh Sees really gets me in an inking mood. Try ‘em out sometime! ;)

    That’s about it! I’ve never really written one of these before. Never really felt worthy enough. So I hope you enjoyed it. Maybe there was something buried in there that’s a little bit new to one of you. If so, I’m glad. Learning is just so much fun, guys.

     
  4. givemeinternet:

    In honor of the two conflicting holidays

    (via cbjeebies)

    Tagged #yeah
     
  5. Four out of five character illustrations have been inked! Only one more to go! I’m so excited to finish these and get them into Photoshop for color and type. YES!

     
  6. Good news, guys! After my Werecat Biker sold at the Versus Show last month, the curator contacted me to set up a limited print run on the show site! 

    Prints of the the Werecat will now be on sale till the end of this month! Each high-quality print is priced at $20, and each is sealed and boarded! There’s even a little extra surprise included in each print! So excitin’!

    FIND HIM HERE!

     
  7. ATTN artists/illustrators of North County San Diego (or really any part of San Diego, or anywhere in SoCal for that matter)!

    A SketchCrawl across Encinitas will be held this Saturday, April 19th. The SketchCrawl group will be meeting at Rhino Art Co. (my workplace!) at 10:30am and will draw their way up and down North Coast Highway 101 for the day. Think a bar crawl, but instead of a hangover the next day, you’ll have pages and pages of awesome artwork!

    For the duration of the day, I’ll have regular updates on the location of the SketchCrawl group, so if you show up in the afternoon (or what have you), you can stop by Rhino Art Co., and I’ll point you in the right direction.

    So. Awesome sketching posse meets at Rhino Art Co. (97 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA) at 10:30am. Did I mention the super legit and tasty Coffeeshop across the street, Lofty Coffee Co? Yesss.

    For more info on the worldwide SketchCrawl: 

    http://www.sketchcrawl.com/

    Image © Sharon Belknap

     

  8. Oh man, I had a lot of coffee today and then I found this group and wow, inking music, hello.

    (Source: astral-haze)

     

  9. schizostories replied to your post: Almost done with 3/5 character illustr…

    KELLY I’M SO STOKED FOR THIS

    YES THANKS ME TOO. It’s part of a bigger project that is gonna be really obscure for now because idk really what’s gonna happen with it BUT I’M EXCITED NONETHELESS. I GET TO DESIGN CHARACTERS WITH BOOTS AND WEIRD HAIR. AUGH GAWD.

     
  10. Almost done with 3/5 character illustrations. Just wow okay I’m really enjoying inking. There’s so much experimentation and room for happy accidents, it’s actually pretty relaxing.