Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Today I dashed off a few attempts at digital inking.
I'm doing research for DWWP vol. 2 and tried out two ways of doing digital inking in Photoshop, using a Wacom tablet, for a small section about it I am writing.
For the first drawing, I scanned a panel I had already penciled for "Drawn OnwarD", reduced the layer opacity to about 30%, then made a new layer where I "inked" the pencils with the Pencil tool and one of the brush presets that gave a slightly charcoal-y (though too uniform, I think) line.
For this second drawing I did a very quick, simplified copy of the method Brian Bolland describes in some detail here: I "penciled" directly in Photoshop using my Wacom tablet. Then reduced the opacity to 20% and made a second pencil layer where I refined the drawing a bit. I faded that one too (reducing the first layers opacity to 10%--I should probably have just turned it off) and made an "ink" layer. I inked following Bolland's specs, using the Pencil tool with a brush size of 5 or 9. I did a background sketch but didn't finish it. I may go back and do that later in order to play with using the Pen tool to make perspective lines and so on.
In both cases I have deleted the pencil layers to make these finished jpegs.
I have to say I am pleased with how these turned out and also with how relatively easy it was to get a hang of the method(s). More to come...?