What comes after pencilling? Inking, of course!* There are lots of tools that you can ink with, and they each have different uses.
Choose Your Weapon
Want to draw lots of little intricate details? A fineliner or dip pen are great for that.
Want to cover a large area of black without it taking an eternity? Use a big brush with ink or a broad felt tip/marker.
Different tools will produce different thicknesses of line (or line weights), and your inker of choice will affect your finished drawing.
See how the drawings below look different?
The first one has the same line thickness for everything, while the second one has a thinner line for one of the characters. What does this do? It shows us that one character is in the background!
You can create this effect simply by using a thinner pen, but some tools will allow you to draw thin and thick lines. For example, take a brush pen – if you press lightly, you’ll get a thinner line. If you press hard, you’ll get a thicker line. Simple! This also applies to digital pen users.
Comic Example – Now With Ink!
Another thing to think about when inking is how much detail you put into your drawing. If you put lots of details into a specific area, that’s where your reader is going to look first. What do you want people to look at? What’s most important in telling your story?
Here are some drawings for you to practice inking with! Think about how thick and thin you’re making your lines, and where you might want to fill in areas of black. Most importantly, have fun with it, and stay tuned for colouring next week!
*Not always, but that’s something we’ll go into later!
The above images (unless otherwise stated) are by Rebecca Horner.
Comics Club is now on Christmas break and will return in January.
Comics Club for 10-13 year olds returns 4.30-6pm on Tuesday 14th January.
Comics Club for 14-17 year olds returns 5-6.30pm onWednesday 15th January.
In the meantime we are very happy to share some Christmas drawings created at the last comics club of the year. We have 5 to share over the next few days. First up is this cute drawing by Aphra which is encouraging us all to celebrate peace over the holidays!
As part of Small Press Day 2019 we are launching THE ULTIMATE COMIC COLLECTION – volume 4 of our Comics Club anthology series. The amazing strips in the collection have all been made by the young people who come along to our weekly Comics Clubs.
Come on down to DCCS HQ in the Vision Building on Saturday 13th July 12-2pm and see the next generation of comics superstars in the making!
There will also be a drop-in comics workshop so come along and make (and buy!) some comics!