|The latest, myabe not the greatest...|
|14 from '13|
Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but lately I’ve been trying some variations on a certain theme. This has always been a weak area of mine (among others, but those are for later journals…).
Inking. Well to be more specific, outlines.
There are two basic problems. The first is that I have a tendency to draw what I see and if you look around I can guarantee there are no outlines around anything. The second is when I sketch something there is a certain something in the linework that gets polished out and lost when the drawing gets to the final stage. For the definition of “something” I mean random, energetic, tentative, something simply put as “fun”. And the result is a line that is, well, to be blunt, boring.
So I’ve been trying to not be boring.
Confused? Good, so am I. Let me build this drawing of our favorite Martian Ph.D. permanent intern and hopefully this will start to make sense.
Simple stick figure, just the basic idea for the pose.
Amy is 4 ½ heads high. Each head is divided into top 2/3, bottom 1/3 for the assorted body chunks. For this pose she is leaning forward, so notice how certain spheres overlap.
Refined some more.
Pretty much done. Ready for the dreaded inks.
The first ink shot. It’s just a simple outline, no big deal. Done with Copic multiliner size 0.25.
Same drawing, but colored. Since this journal is about inks, and not colors I didn’t go all out. I used a grand total of 10 colors.
What’s important about this drawing is the ink has been washed out by the color markers.
This is where it gets interesting (finally…). Same drawing, but I re-inked it directly over the original lines using the .5 multiliner pen and the .05 pen on her eyes and mouth. Now I could stop here and call it “Good enough” but it isn’t. The line is a real black and uniform. But also it’s too uniform, substitute “boring”.
The third inking, done with the same pens. I kinda like this. The lines use a variable width. They are thick here, thin over there. I can use the thicker lines to emphasize different motions. But there are a couple of technical bits that help me. The markers do seep into the paper, and if it oozes beyond where it’s supposed to I can make the line thicker to hide the seepage. Also if a certain body part is drawn too thin or too thick, I can draw the line where it should be and Presto! the body part is suddenly correct.
(Sighs…) Not a big fan of this but I’m trying to get that sketchy feel back into the final drawing. The lines don’t actually do anything, they’re just kinda randomly here, there, and everywhere. I used the .25 pen.
Better. I’m still going for the sketchy look but this time I thought it out better. Although the lines are still spastic, they do relate to the figure.
And here’s the final finish finale. I colored it (47 colors), snuck in a background (The drawing is titled “Grate”. Get it?), and used the sketch lines.
Just to show the difference the inks make, here is that same drawing before the inks.
There, done. Can I overthink things or what?
Thanks to Wolich22 for this portrait, and for letting me use it for my I.D.|
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