This is very bizarre. I really like the mouth and stones in front of the face. I really admire your use of ink-technics. I`ve been reading lately a manga...yes a manga. And I`m sure you would love the artist. It`s Tsutomu Nihei. Your Inking reminds me of his work. Have a look Anyway: great work nick. One last question. What do you think about digital painting? Do you have some ambition or do you prefer the traditional tools?
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I will look him up! I admire digital painting quite a lot. I'm not very good at it, but even if I was, I wouldn't be able to put down the pen and pencil. There's a tactile connection to the paper that you can't get with a computer. Although, from time to time I'll do a piece with photoshop if the inspiration grabs me.
It's all in the photoshop, my friend. Unless GREAT care is taken to fill with an even coat of ink (impossible with most pens), you will see stripes after scanning. Scanners often brighten an image past what you see on your own, unless in daylight. So then you need technology to compensate for the technology. The closest I've gotten to a stripe-less fill was using alcohol based markers. They bleed into the paper and between strokes. So you loose the lines you get with water based pigments.
The bottom line is, black isn't actually black. To make a photographed or scanned image represent black faithfully, you must alter the contrast.
"So then you need technology to compensate for the technology." Ths world of ours... I don't get it sometimes... oh the irony! Oh I know those alcohol based markers and their infamy! It's neat, on the one hand, to have those areas painted without stripes, but as far as I know I will have to use another marker of another kind to do the edges and the detail.
And I remembered what you told me earlier in time, the thing with the contrast. I tried it on one of my black and white pictures and it went pretty alright! So thanks for that! Always a pleasure to talk to you about stuff like this!
it's my pleasure! i can't let a technical question go unanswered. i'll go out of my way to give a very in depth response. i'm glad my advise worked out for you!
the markers i use have 3 different drawing tips, the smallest being suitable for fine detail, the largest suitable for filling. other brands (like copic) usually have 2 tips.
also, to avoid stripes with alcohol based markers, you must draw your next line while the previous is still wet. alcohol evaporates quickly, so you have about 10 seconds to make the next line. and regular paper leeches the ink out of the pens more quickly than intended. there is a special kind of paper you "need" to use with them. on this special paper they create a totally different effect.
SO, they take a bit of practice to use, but are well worth the end result.
You are the first person to explain me how markers work exactly and to tell me a great way to use them! Thank you so much! I will be looking out for a nice shop where I can get a variety of pens that would fit my needs. And paper too! Thank you for all these informations!