It would be useful if you read first
Max Bertuzzi' s
, 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).