How I Ink my graphic novel.

I’ve been told my Inks look great.  Really? Because I don’t Ink anything.

The End.

Adjusting Levels in Photoshop.

No, but really. I tried to Ink my comic pages back in the mid 90’s but whenever I’d go to a convention and show an editor my work they would scratch their head and ask why I was ruining my pencils with screwed up inks.  Later I started to focus only on my pencils, my strength, since I could control the lines better then my chicken scratch, blotted, messed up Ink lines.

Years passed and I decided to make a graphic novel and I contemplated inking all over again. I chose not to. To help you understand why I chose not to ink, I need to side step a bit to explain my conclusions.

You see, I work in animation. Back when I started animating for a living, I had a crash course on-the-job training session with a fast approaching deadline. We had to bring on a bunch of experienced Ex-Disney animators to get the job done right and I took the opportunity to ask a bunch of dumb questions. One question was more of a dumb statement that went something like, “Your final drawings are all with pencil and paper? I though you inked on top of transparent cells and painted on the back!”. Chris Sonnenburg, the guy I was talking to, looked at me crazy and said, “What are you crazy? They stopped doing that in the 90’s when computers took over.”

It was a no-brainer after animating for a day with these guys why they don’t use ink anymore. There is just so much more control and flexibility with pencils and it can all be adjusted to look like ink in the computer.