Thursday, September 18, 2008

ink tricks tutorial

I wanted to make a little tutorial about digital inking because I sometimes got some questions. These are all tricks for digital inking that helps you but it isn't about how to make a good ink. You should check this piece Is a good line important? from John K about that. My tutorial are more a couple of tips that helps me allot when inking. For basics about inking you can go best to Brian's tutorial about inking or about brushes.


I put the original drawing on a seperate layer. You can put it down on the layer you want to ink. But you also can put it on top and that will give you some advantages. If you put the drawing on top you need to select the drawing and go to transperancy>multiply (like in the screenshot above). You now can see trough the original drawing (see in the screen below). If you make the lines you ink with gray (or another color) you can still see the original lines on top of youre ink. I made a small example of that in the screenshot under.

* I don't always do this but sometimes it can help to check.

*the drawing is from Rune Bennicke

Point tool

You can select points with the point tool! Cool!

Pen tool

When you ink with the brush the lines youre ink not always are like how you want it to be, they sometimes get too smooth or you want to delete some part of the line.

If you click on the tearoff button like in the image above, you get this easy to use small window with all the pentools.

The convert anchor pen tool is great for making adjustments in the lines. Try it.

Convert tool in action. (above) You can make corners on smooth lines. Click with the convert tool on the handle.

You also should experiment with deleting points and adding points with the tools and look what kind of results you get.

Expand appearance.

When you use the brush you notice that it's just 1 line and you can only adjust that line. If you use expand you can chance the shape with more freedom.

See things better

Illu is a vector program, you can compare it with a 3D program. You see a preview, a calculation.

You can turn off the preview so you can see all the lines. You do that with the short key (command/alt + y).

You can use it to select stuff that's behind the drawing. Or if you want to select a line. You can select things more easy in this mode. And you can check if you didn't forget about lines that you can't see in preview.

A brush looks like this if you turn of the preview, that's why you need to expand appearance to adjust the outlines.

Is it usefull?

2 other things that can help with inking are "select the same" (you can use this to delete lines that you don't want to use anymore in one time!) and "expand" (you can make from 2 shapes 1 shape)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

little Lionel

I really like the design of little Lionel, I think it's great. I did 2 quick study's and two own poses (the two down), I inked them with a brush.

I found the picture on this great blog.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ink with brush

The first pose and character is from the Preston Blair book. It's not a good copy but I wasn't aiming for that this time. The second one is in the Preston Blair book a different character but the same pose. I try to slowly draw own desent poses.

I inked for the first time with a brush pen on paper. When I bought this pen I whas thinking first it was a bad buy but now it is getting better. Im still a bit messing around but I learn allot. The first one I inked very slowly and carefull and the second one a bit faster. I am gonna try to put each day a small amounth of time in inking with this pen and draw poses with characters from Preston Blair (or other good characters)

Monday, September 1, 2008


I finished that doodle I made yesterday. The story doesnt make any sense like you can see, but I wanted to take a small peek in making a comic.


I inked this one in PS and not in Illu. I think in the end it's a better ink program, because it is more sensitive (also makes it harder). But I really need allot of practise to do it better, I got problems with complexer lines with more angles.