Thursday, September 13, 2012

Inking Tips: UNDERSTAND the drawing before you ink it

Here's a swell pencil drawing of Ernie by Jim Smith. Jim is very good at suggesting form even with rough sketches. If the drawings aren't carefully cleaned up or inked, they can easily flatten out and lose their impact. So it's important to analyze a drawing before you start inking. The first thing is to note how the biggest forms are constructed and how they relate to each other in dimension and position.
It's also a very good practice to connect the cranium to the body with the neck - even when you don't see the neck because it is behind the chin.
A lot of artists have problems understanding the relation between the cheeks and the smile lines. the line at the top of a cheek and the line underneath that describes the smile are 2 borders of a piece of meat that you use to make expressions. They should look like they make a form that points to the nostril.
More to come...

*BTW, as a courtesy to artists who might benefit from these posts about drawing tips, I am only going to post comments that are directly about the subject in the post. Small talk, politics or touching personal stories are probably better suited to Facebook and Tweeter I think.

10 comments:

Erik Butter said...

Hi John,
I made this one a couple of days ago.
http://erikbutter.blogspot.nl/2012/09/ink-test-in-toon-boom.html
Still need to work on the weight of the lines so it's a bit flat.
But its one of my first try's with Toon Boom.

Adele Hawkins said...

Thanks! Understanding the form is important for construction, so it only makes sense that the same would go for inking.

Erik Butter said...

Oh sorry i didn't send you an active link
here it is

Paul B said...

here's the 2nd attempt at Ren:
Ren 2nd attempt

seƱor insomnio said...

Hi john, You command my first attempt at inking, ren, i am very interested in knowing more about the whole project, I hope your comments helpful, thank you very much.

http://insomniovision.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-post.html

Curt Rivadeneira said...

Holy shit. This is all super helpful. I'm going to be applying this info to my drawings from now on. Thanks.

...so one day my mother walked down the street and my psychiatrist started shouting at children in French and....(Just kidding. Sorry that's mean of me).

Jesse Oliver said...

So the heavier the part of the body the thicker the lines right?

These are great inking tips to learn!

insomnio said...

Hello jonhk this is my first attempt at inking, i hope your comments , thank you very much!

http://insomniovision.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-post.html

insomnio said...

Hello jonhk this is my first attempt at inking, i hope your comments , thank you very much!

http://insomniovision.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-post.html

greenhorngallery said...

"Understand the Drawing before you start inking" I don't like him.