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How to ink

Hi! I just freaked out seeing that my last post was on July 2007, I felt like going through a time tunnel, one whole year seamed like a few months. I hate the feeling.


Anyways, I wanted to ask the designers community how they ink their art work, any special sort of paper? any special sort of pen? i can't seem to find the right way to do it.


THANKS

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ISABOA
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where you been Petanca? -

I just had a summer '07 flashback seeing your avatar

I use bristol board or marker board to draw on - nice and smooth plus holds ink right and erases pencil lines well - also sturdy cause I can get rough on an involved piece

I use the copic pens most - also pitt brush pens are good - and of course the micron pen mainstay

get a bunch of different sizes to keep line weights from being to uniform

or get really good with the brushpens

gumbolimbo
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brush or dip pen and ink, really... and regular printer paper. Apparently theres zitloads of fancy markers and pens around, as well as paper. Should try sometime.

ISABOA
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printer paper is tough to work with

but I so respect a nib and brush user - I just hate the cleanup

Petanca

hI!

I think Glennz doesn´t ink, he vectors everything.

Isaboa, I've been right here all the time, watching you guys once in a while but too busy to participate. Thanks for all the tips, i just need to google every thing you said to find out what you meant! (bristol board? copic pens?) I sure need to learn a lot. Brush pens are really hard i'm trying to use one but I can't get to the small details.

gumbolimbo
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I use a lot of chalk paper too. It's semi-transparent. stick rough sketch underneath, and ink. Its fairly heavy and doesn't go wobby unles you use loads of ink.

ISABOA
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yeah - I cannot wrap my head around a drawing done completely in the digital realm - I like it starting with a pen and paper

bristol board is thick smooth paper used specifically for ink work - it prevents the ink from migrating around and is just really great to work with - often it is called other names -

copic and micron are both pen manufacturers - they are precision pens, like for drafting and such - you can get rapidographs and fill yourself (i used to only use my rapidographs) but again , I hate the cleanup so now I go the disposable route - and the copics seem to have a bolder darker black than say the microns or fabercastle PITT pens

chelly

pentaca is back
i didn't realize a year had passed already
no ink here

Petanca

Thanks for explanations, that's extremelly useful.
Hi Chelly!
i intend to come back sometime, I'm illustrating a book now (200 drawings all by vector) is taking me forever and that I can only do in my free time after working for a million hours everyday. But I still love this community!

wullagaru
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when I do ink my work its in a somewhat unique method I use a dip fountain pen first in half strength brown ink then I go back over teh things I want to stand out with teh full strength ink

wullagaru
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I liek teh brown ink because black is generally too overpowering

Petanca

that's interesting, what is a deep fountain pen?

ISABOA
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I am definitely trying that wulla

TUMikeVT

So do you ink your drawings first and then scan them into a computer to add colors and edit them? I suppose it depends what your desired outcome is. I haven't designed anything yet, but I'm worried about the eight color limit.

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