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Hellstrom Ink Process by urban-barbarian Hellstrom Ink Process by urban-barbarian
Taking roughly drawn pencils to finished inks is the most enjoyable part of the comic book page process for me.

When I begin a page I start with a rough thumbnail of the over all layout. If there's a specific panel that requires a study, I'll just start sketching. When I'm happy with a sketch, I scan it and load it into the Pencil Stage in Photoshop. Once I have everything roughed in I print the page in Non-Photo Blue and start inking.

After years of ink tight pencils [ which, in my opinion, don't require an inker at all these days thanks to Photoshop ] I really enjoy tackling loose/roughed out pages and interpreting lines/smudges in ink. The trick is to try and capture the feel of the pencils without trying to reproduce every line exactly as it was originally drawn. Inking of that nature, no matter how pretty, looks labored. The art lands up feeling drained out of it. Instead, I try to infuse some spontaneity into my inking. Using the pencils strictly as a template rather than a blueprint helps me to loosen up and as a result - I feel the pages or emotion of the scene becomes honest. The image contains a bit of the spirit of whatever you're trying to capture.

Maybe I'm romancing the process a bit too much. Maybe not. If you don't enjoy the process, it's probably time to find something else that interests you.
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Sonion Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Thanks for this. Is it all brushwork are do you use markers for the fine lines?
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:iconurban-barbarian:
urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Both brush and pen.
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Sonion Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Quill or Micron?
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Micron. But either is great. I would go for the quill if you can.
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Sonion Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
You made me pick up my old brushes today...so kudos. I haven't brushed ink in years
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Excellent!!!
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ComicsAlex Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
nice work. :)
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:iconurban-barbarian:
urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Thanks!!
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azharmaa Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thanks for the tips sir..
really helps..especially inking part..
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
;)
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enonea Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional
awesome inks! work like this gives a totally different character to the comic, totally different from what the penciler probably intended.
thanks for sharing the process!!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Thanks for checking it out!
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keithdraws Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You are not romancing anything. This is where the real talented inkers stand out. Tracing is easy, but interpreting is difficult.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Down with tracing! ;)
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NoirZone Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I follow the same process you describe. I prefer rough pencil not just because it's faster, but mainly because I'm forced (and happy to do it) to draw directly with my bush and pen using rough as template and in the final result I can see a lot of my instinctive side in it and the srawing have a different energy and vibe. On the other side i ofter make mistakes tho
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Happy accidents....! ;)
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FindingOx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
very nice description
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RyanWinn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I spent a year or so inking my pencilers on blue line because I thought they penciled too tight. The blueline faded it back enough where it felt like I was inking a really solid sketch.

It gave me a sense of breathing room and made making changes to the pencils easier.

My eyes eventually started straining from the blue line so I switched to printing in red and that worked too.

I would love to see more of your side by side comparisons.

Also- no erasing can save time and effort!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
I love the no erasing part!
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RyanWinn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Itz zee best!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
LOL!
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BrattyBen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
I think you hit on something really cool. I remember reading something Frank Miller said about penciling and inking. He said something about how he considers penciling merely a foundation. It's when you start inking that you're really drawing.
I always consider that when I'm doing up a page.

For the record, I've been really digging your inking style, so keep it up!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Interesting. I didn't know he felt that way about inking.
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BrattyBen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
It's in the Eisner/Miller book, I believe. If you haven't read it, you should check it out. It's well done.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Holy crap! Are you still cuttin' zips? Awesome!
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
I still have Zip but today you can do it easily in PS. ;)
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Love the loose pencils Dan. We should switch pencils one day and ink a page from each other--not tell the publishers or anything. Then reveal our secret after the books come out. And find out that no one cares. :)
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
That would be a fun experiment but you're right about the end result... sadly....
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Great thoughts on inking, Dan! You make that approach look wonderful. It's the way I approach all my con sketches. I hope I can keep the confident spontaneity when I ink serious stuff like you do.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I'd love to watch you ink sometime!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
What, you wanna see the look of terror and indecision for yourself????
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Gulp!!!!
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JoeJusko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
lol
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SPARATIK Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   Digital Artist
niiiice!
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JohnRauch Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Gorgeous, as per usual.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Thank you kind sir!
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LeighWalls-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
So you are still inking traditionally? It looked like with the amount of spontaneity, especially with the zig zag stuff you do with your line, you were inking digitally. Very good form, dude. You're definitely my new inking hero.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Thanks! Yeah, traditional inks are the way to go!
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bathill8 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
thanks for the insight dan... Finding the happy medium in the pencil stage between too tight and just right always seems to be the most difficult part aside from the actual layouts.
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braeonArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
killin'
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battlereaper Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely right. If inking were just about tracing the lines, anyone could do it. Your interpretation of the pencils is very nice.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Thanks!
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EricSchock Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Artist
looks like you dan:) the image in pencil:)
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
LOL!
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EricSchock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Artist
It's true, man. It totally looks like ya.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
;)
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tomasoverbai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on inking, this has got me making some changes to my own process.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Thanks!
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sendalman Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
SHOT !!!!!!!!!

you are a professional one XDDDDDDDDDDDD
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