Friday, June 19, 2009
An inkling of Inking.
Wow! Okay so here are a couple of the better practice-inking designs of Kaleb I did today. I actually did about 10 in total today, however, the early ones were absolutely atrocious. But hey, I certainly learned from them. It was a really fun process, and I didn't want to stop! On the whole I'm content with my learning as it panned out today, because I could really see progress in my work, which actually astonished me! I've certainly got a long way to go, however. I tried strictly using brush throughout the whole time, however when it got to this final image here, I should have trusted my instinct and gone with a smaller nib for defining the arms. As soon as I laid a few lines down, I regretted it. I can only be reassured that better judgment will come with time, and practice is what I certainly must do.
I was trying to create a more open style of inking to the figures, similar to Toth's figures, as well as get over my fear of going dark. No sculptural black and white contrast of form yet, however. Still a little too afraid of creating such a dark image. BUT BOY ARE THOSE CONTRASTS GORGEOUS. I'm a real huge fan of Mike Mignola's work (hellboy is my homeboy- see below image) so if I could master his design sense and explore his technique it would me amazing!
God I could just stare at that image for hours. I need to do me some more learnin'.