Some Useless Notes on Inking

I’m in the middle of inking 2, count them, TWO new pieces right now. I finished up the first (for now) and have started on the second. Its actually is amazing to me; to draw normally takes longer than to actually ink a piece! For this piece, which I call “Don’t!”, was actually a change. It is of a snake skeleton and if you’ve never seen one… well, they’re a lot more complicated then you think, especially the skull!

I started with a sketch in my sketchbook and blew it up to trace it since I loved the feeling and emotion of the sketch. The problem? The skull wasn’t accurate and I had to go back and fix it! So after getting the gesture, spending an hour on a sketch that didn’t help at all, I went back to the piece and it came out looking just great on the first try!

I spent, maybe, an hour sketching the piece and refining it. It took me nearly 2 1/2 hours to ink it! The skull alone took over an hour to ink!

I don’t know if its because I’m a little out of practice, but I think its actually because of the sheer amount of detail in the skull alone. I tried out a different inking technique then a lot of my recent work, with more of an emphasis on hatching than just clean lines. I’ve wanted to do that for a while and never got the amount of detail I wanted. This time, though, I got very close to it and its looking very faithful to the pencil sketch, a VERY hard thing for me to do!

The next piece I’m working on is similar to a few pieces I’ve done lately, but the final should be greatly different than a lot of what I have done! I’ve been inspired by a lot of my peers, and its in the early stages right now. I’ve got 2 hours until I head out, and if I want to do that, I need to get this one done AND done right! Or, at the very least, enough so I can take a well-deserved break.

I have a few notes on inking by hand versus digital and vector, but I’ll save that for later.