Monday, October 4, 2010

POTD: Background Inks

Here's what a final inked page looks like before it gets scanned.  I do the Lettering and Tone on the computer and drop out the gray from the pencils and then a page is pretty much done!  If i had the time and money, I would print out the text and paste it down and get actual Letratone and apply it to the physical page.  I love seeing old original art that is a photo ready piece, but I don't plan on selling the pages so I guess I can let it slide...unless someone drives a dump truck full of money up to my place ;)
For inking the backgrounds I use pens, just for speed and economy.  Below are the pens of choice for my bg art.  The Pentel Brush pen is probably the nicest brush pen I've ever used.  The ink is nice and the tip feels most like a brush and it saves time from dipping and blotting. I use this mostly for organic type stuff in the bg like leaves or stuff with a soft texture.  The micron pens are: 005(for fine details like woodgrain or hatching) 02(for midgrounds) andthe 05(for bolder lines to bring an edge to the front).  These are typically used on anything hard, like walls, floors furniture etc.


  1. What do you think of Tombow bush tip pens? They have a larger, "looser" feel. more unpredictable (at least in my hands.)

  2. I haven't tried the Tombow brand. Some reps from Pentel gave me that brush pen in Chicago and it was the first one I've used that felt like I was inking with a brush rather than a sqeegee. I'll keep my eyes open for Tombow and give them a shot. I like the "unpredictable-ness" of actual ink too. The way ink blobs on brushes and onto the page has a certain charm like Bill Watterson's Inks - which is another reason I don't like digital inking. The brush tips in computer programs are too perfect and crisp.

  3. I agree, about the photoshop pens, even if you fine tune your "brushes" to get the effect, its very difficult, if not impossible to get the sponteity and happy mistakes of brushwork or pen. I like microns too.


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