Thursday, September 13, 2012

Inking Tips: Gravity/ Put a HEAVY line UNDER forms

I imported Jim's pencil drawing into Toonboom to start inking it.
I like characters to have a feeling of weight. One way to do it is to drawslightly heavier lines under each form - especially the bottom of the feet.
But also under the torso...
under the chin and jaw etc.

Next: inking forms instead of lines

19 comments:

Sean_Mills_Hospital said...


I see the left cheek is thicker on top, so it can taper outwards and suggest shape of the cheek.

Heavier (thicker) lines underneath forms. I get that rule, but are some useful exceptions of where to fan out line thickness above forms?

Sean_Mills_Hospital said...


I see the left cheek is thicker on top, so it can taper outwards and suggest shape of the cheek.

Heavier (thicker) lines underneath forms. I get that rule, but are some useful exceptions of where to fan out line thickness above forms?

Sean_Mills_Hospital said...


I see the left cheek is thicker on top, so it can taper outwards and suggest shape of the cheek.

Heavier (thicker) lines underneath forms. I get that rule, but are some useful exceptions of where to fan out line thickness above forms?

Joshua Marchant (Scrawnycartoons) said...
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Jesse Oliver said...

So the heavier the form the thicker the lines should be, right?

These are great and helpful inking tips!

Julián Höek said...

Hello John,
here's my first attempt at inking one of you characters. I hope to hear some feedback from you.
Good luck with the cartoon!

Link

Facundo Ezequiel said...

This is something I did yesterday. I wish I had read your post before...

Orion Belts


I've never used html in the comments so I'll just put the address here again in case it doesn't work, sorry.

http://friorapido.com.ar/post/31509865272/dame-tu-arma-tu-placa-y-ponete-este-cinturon

JohnK said...

Hi Julian

I would comment on your blog but it makes me have to decode some unreadable letters.
which I'm not very good at.

Julián Höek said...

Hi John, i had the word verification on. I've just change that so feel free to comment anytime.

greenhorngallery said...

I went to this Real Estate Lecture probably before 2008? Not sure. It was free and my friend and I were in tears. God this guy was good/Comedy! He was talking about how "employers were a bunch of pukes!" He worked for Trump. Ivanka was like "my Father" and very Professional.
We forgot about the free book to take home. I wish I knew his name. A guy I used to drive with popped up again this morning. "I'm like are you working here?" He had such a good line about his "Lawyer training/qualifications/rigorousness" I woud like to write it down. One guy took out his phone to record. It was that fast. "Supercaligragilistic" However it's spelled type of speech buy yet original. I haven't been to a Comedy Club in awhile. I remember the lady who talked about "the twat team." My friend and I had tears. It was a bit raunchy but didn't cross the line if I remember correctly. I don't consider myself funny, but I think I totally know when somethings funny. My Dad decided to buy a house with his Mom right before he Married my Mom. All 3 of them lived together for a year. He parks outside my Mom's house now because his sister lives across the street. Separate holidays. No talk. He has a large poodle that he drives around with. From the back it looks human. He's busy with the Poodle.

Paul B said...

Hi John, here's another attempt at Ren, I think this has more weight:

Ren ink

Julián Höek said...

Here goes again, with a few updates

Link

Garnet said...

Off topic, but I just saw this "Justice League of Animals" short from Time Warner. The style has MANY familiar qualities:
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/09/14/jl-animals-dc-nation-animated-shorts-video/
John K, are you involved in this? If not, are you PO'd?

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kurtwil said...

very useful info, JK. thank you.

Meanwhile your mentor Ralph B. has a new short out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBtNeDGj1MY&feature=youtu.be

kurtwil said...

oops... looks like that youtube RB movie was produced by Ralph's son, Eddie. John Walker was the animator.

The careful inking here is far superior to CGI toon renderers, which cannot distinguish different parts of a character and end up with a symmetrical inking style at best.

Dudo said...

Here is my latest study

Kyle said...

Ive missed your straight forward honest critique posts john, glad to see'em back. Maybe I'll give some a go.

Kyle said...
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