Little piece of digital inking advice I’ve learned from years of doing this sort of thing for projects with strict style guides;
Okay, so, anyone who has experience with digital inking knows the temptation to zoom in and out constantly to tinker with all of your details at different levels. The problem is, this freedom to enhance all you like can get you lost in the rabbit hole of tweaking details at 300% that look aesthetically awful at regular web viewing and print size. It’s an easy way to lose track of the big picture.
When I was on Ugly Americans, one of our most tightly enforced rules on the show was a set zoom level. You had one brush size and one zoom level, and everything on screen had to have the same lineweight. As Aaron Augenblick told us “you can’t zoom in on paper.” This is a piece of advice I’ve carried with me to this day, because I realized even if you aren’t going for a stylistically intentional uniform lineweight, it really helps keep your art decluttered and create easy atmospheric perspective in your line work.
When I was doing the short Nicky Two-vests pitch comic it was really my first time working on a big, print-size 11x17 comic page. The first couple pages I did I couldn’t resist the temptation to go in and utilize the ridiculous resolution to add little finnicky details all over the place. The result was awful and basically had to be redone. That was when I decided to try out this technique, choosing a fixed brush size and fixed zoom level for different depth of field and sticking to that. It helps keep the important focus of the image big and bold, the background subdued
For my personal use, I ink with the Frenden Hairpin Sable in Manga Studio 5EX which readjusts to be the same size on screen as you zoom, but the same technique works in photoshop if you adjust the brush to approximately the same size on screen as you go.
Yeah! A little, at least. :) I highly recommend the monoprice tablets, you just may take a little more fiddling to get them to be compatible (watch out with SAI) but almost all the tech support you’d need is here online posted by other monoprice tablet users.
Frenden has some really fantastic reviews and I recommend reading through all of them if you’re undecided about a tablet. The general consensus is, you can get an AMAZING tablet for under $80 and it doesn’t have to be wacom. :)
!!!HEY!!! Someone asked for a hair tutorial, so I took some screencaps of the process while I worked on one of my commissions and wrote up my thoughts to go with it! If that’s something that interests you, click through the readmore!
ahhhhhh! so I just spent the last hour looking at your work and I! Love! It! So! Much! gosh looking at your work makes me inspired to draw my own things (even though I'm not that good). quick question: what program do you use for your digital art? I've been thinking of transition over into the digital art medium and I was just wondering!
aw, that’s so flattering to hear that I’ve inspired you in some way, thank you!
I use Manga Studio 5 (and ink exclusively with Frenden’s Brushes)
Playing with brushes, surly teen Ganondorf and Nabooru. The Frenden watercolour brushes are great at what they do, but once an area has hit 100% opacity it can be difficult to build colours up on it so I was playing with using things like the chalk brush and pencils and stuff to fine tune it without losing the texture.