An overview of the term inking as it relates to comics and the various ways in which it’s often done, and why.
- [Voiceover] So, what is inking anyway? Once the comic page has been written and the initial rough or layout has been penciled in, it's time to polish it up and make it ready for print. This is what we call inking. Back in the day, inking was done exclusively with, well you guessed it, real ink on real paper with a combination of brushes and pens and even some paints. Nowadays with all the great technology and tools available, inking is also sometimes done digitally on a computer using a drawing tablet and a variety of digital brushes.
It's the job of the inker to carefully enhance, finish and tighten up the penciler's rough artwork on each and every panel of every single page in a comic book. Don't confuse this step with tracing. No, no, it's much, much more. But before you can even worry about inking, you're going to need something to ink. Today we're working on rough penciled pages I've created for my upcoming original graphic novel, The Aggregate. Because I'm inking my own pencils, I find sometimes I tend to leave more work for myself than I would if I were handing these pages off to another person to ink.
This is still good practice though. If you plan to go into inking as a career, you have to be ready for anything. Rough penciled pages or more finished, tighter pages. You never know who's work you're going to be working on from one day to the next. So, being adaptable is a great skill to master.
Method 2 shows us how to turn finished pencil artwork into clean, seemingly inked artwork, ready for color and ready for print—without any additional drawing.
- What is digital inking?
- Creating a page template
- Sizing artwork
- Choosing the right Photoshop brush
- Inking linework
- Filling in black areas
- Inking by converting drawings to grayscale