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Drawing Techniques

Drawing Techniques

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Published by Vinceyang
some important techniques to followe when making drawings
some important techniques to followe when making drawings

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Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: Vinceyang on Dec 05, 2009
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 Drawing Techniques
Sharp Inking and Effects
It would be useful if you read first
Max Bertuzzi' s
article titled
, however I am still going toput up a quick overview on inking.
What do we need to begin inking? 
A bottle of black ink (don't be cheap on this one it is very important that it is thick, so thatit inks that darkest way possible).
A bottle of white ink
White paper, it should be thick and should not absorb the ink.
Two nibs (one for white ink another for black).
Two inking pens (One for thin line [size 0.25] , the most important; and another for thicklines [size 1 or 1.2]).
A thin paintbrush (size 3 or 4 will do).
A glass of water and a towel for those little mistakes.Before beginning inking you will need a drawing to ink, here is an example,
Note: When preparing a drawing for inking, if you have big black areas, you should enclosed themand marked the area with a cross; this saves a lot of time.
Note 2: I was very lazy and since the picture was for scanning I used thin paper, but for public  presentation it is better to use thicker paper.
Note 3: The blue color is used for a triple reason, to make the first drafts noticeable, easy toerase, and most scanners can omitted it.
 Next step, with the paintbrush, fill large areas with black ink, don't be to careful on this, you don'thave to get to close to borders (left image). Now you use a nib and ink to complete the blackareas upto their actual borders (right image).
Now, use the nib to do the line shading. Line shading is how comics artist do their shadinggradient from dark to light is made by doing lines from thick to thin and spaces between linesfrom small to big. The images below are close up of two line shadings I used in this picture. Theyare done using the same technique: pushing down the nib a little, then quickly draw a line at thesame you reduce the pressure, this should give you lines thick on a side, and ending in a point inthe other; this skill requires practice. For the second type of line shading, the lines should havedifferent directions by 20 or 30 degrees, if the angle is too big it doesn't look correct. For evenmore dark shading you could try placing the lines in three different directions.This step is optional. When doing the contour of the drawing you could at a lot of dynamic if youvaries the thickness of your lines. Again, this is done by controlling the pressure over the nib,more pressure for thicker lines. You should try to use more pressure when drawing a curve orpointy line and less pressure with straight lines. Here is an example.Next, add, with the small point pen, all the lines missing. Then with the other nib and the whiteink correct mistakes, and open new white spaces as you wish. Finally, erase the pencil lines andthe blue color (left). Scan and correct if necessary (right).
Inking Tricks
1. The paintbrushes can be used for giving the idea of crawling tentacles, swirvy hair, or anythingslimy. Fast and easy. Two example below.2. You can use white ink to get similar effects over black backgrounds as below.3. Back at the overview I mentioned that you could add more dynamic to a picture controlling theborder thickness. Well with the same principle but using straight lines and peaks you get a cut-outeffect, that is even more dynamic; as in the example below.

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