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The Art of Inking? by quahkm The Art of Inking? by quahkm
Hi guys, it's been a while since i last post any stuff here. Been busy with work but nevertheless still very actively surfing the many of my fav forums. Along the way got to know some friendly and creative artists. In fact a couple of them tried inking my pencils... this particular page (which most of you guys have seen my pencils)

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So the question of the day is, what's inking. Or better still, what makes a good inker?
Here's my inked version....

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To me to get a good inked work, probably think of yourself as a sculptor. The penciled page as the stone. The sculptor envisioned his creation from that piece of rough chunk of rock and chisel away till he see the form in his head.
That's how i ink my work, chisel away slowly... start with small parts, with thinner pens and slowly get the form. :blink: I don't know if what i say makes sense.

The bottom line is an inker is as important as any good pencillers. Apart from maintaining the integrity of the penciller's work he must be creative when comes to deciding on how to approach the artwork.

An inker is also an artist, not a tracer, contrary to many popular beliefs. So ink creatively.

It's good to be back!


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slickaway Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is gorgeous. The detail is amazing. Fantastic job.
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Animegirln3 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Do you use a thicker brush for filling in the bigger area's, like the city buildings? How long dose it take? awesome inking too =D
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quahkm Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for dropping by, Jenny.

I use pigment pens and rapidographs quite a bit and brushes for touch ups.

And I would like to think that I ink rather fast, at least faster than pencilling. And I would normally ink a page a day, though I don't ink my work anymore these days, as they go direct to colors from tight pencils.

Feel free to ask me anything concerning comic art and I'll try my best to answer em.

Take care.


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joshifreak Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:omg:wow!!!!
this is very cool!!
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gudumbok Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Bro...u r the king of details:mwahaha:
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quahkm Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
not really the king... but I do enjoy drawing those extra details. Kinda take too much of my time though. Wish I can one day ease down on em.


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gudumbok Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
i hope so.....malaysia boleh!!!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
This is amazing... I love the city background and the B&W contrast. Brilliant.

And I agree with what you wrote about the inker's work!
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quahkm Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
glad you agree too... ;)


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niagareven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at this close up, it's astounding! I myself...am not a disciplined artist at all...I draw when and IF something comes to mind, and often I don't finish things. The works that I do "complete" are often short of what I had in mind for them. I am told I have creativity...just missing a lot of discipline. This though...this is amazing. I have no patience for inking at all. I really love your lines. There are 4 or 5 points that really grab my attention. First and foremost, ofcourse, the pipe. That alone would have made my mind collapse. I also just love that the pipe is there at all. It makes the whole image more valid...that may sound weird... I mean a lot of drawings trying to showcase a certain point, form, or purpose draw in a manner in which the focal point is unobscured...am I still not making sense? I mean to say this seems more real because of the obstruction of the pipe, it is probably the first thing to catch the eyes, and an awesome divider for your image, but looking past it is the real treat, a great deal would be missing from the atmosphere of this without it.

The second thing that really catches my eye are the balconies and such from each of the buildings forming the alley way. They are clearly defined, yet done so in a fluid disjointed way. I would not have even been able to fathom doing something so simple, it comes out looking all the more connected with the rest of the image.

The bricks! I must just say the work done there is lovely.

Finally I think I will end this comment on the space under the pipe, above the car. It is something I can really appreciate, that space would have been hard for me to deal with at all, and even at my best no where near what you have done with it. I can never really figure out how to use space well, the positive and the negative you have there is really well balanced....uh by positive and negative I mean white and black...yes, well, hmm.

I would also just like to add that inking is really an admirable talent/skill.

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quahkm Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
For 22 year old, you're sense of observation are way beyond your age. And for that i wanna congratulate you. It's the right attitude to improve yourself and believe me you have it. Just keep doing what you're doing and add another layer to them. Be very critical of your own work and hopefully with that you will go really far...

I'm totally stumped by your compliments... i'm so lost for words... i wanna cry....

Take good care of yourself, young lady... ;)


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polru Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
i love this picture man, but all your gallery itīs a great job. Congratulations
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darrenwood Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Great work!
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quahkm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank, Darren.... good to know you're dropping by my DA
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing inking job. Your style gives it great atmosphere. That cityscape in the background is incredble as well. Brilliant.
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quahkm Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Dan... glad you find time to visit my DA
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Spasticgraphic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Wow, beautiful job here. A good inking is about as good as a good coloring, if done with the great effect you've given here. You've really set the mood, demanding the viewer's attention in the right ways for the best effect.

Great stuff!
:)
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quahkm Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
gee, thanks... that's a very good observation there. Glad you liked my work.

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Spasticgraphic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005
Very much so! Great stuff! :)
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quahkm Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
:brushteeth:

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luigic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005
very good!!!!

incredible gallery!!

congratulations!!
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quahkm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
tq
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prodigal-son Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
you took the words right out of my mouth...

a good inker makes all the diference thats why i get totally mindblown when i see the amazing work done by inker sensation DANNI MIKY he is awesome...

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Roderic-Rodriguez Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
i like your work, really neath... Feelin' i want to try one of your page.
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quahkm Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
cool... i luv your colors too. Gimme a hooler at my email, dude...

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cafezero Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
amen.

Wow I miss inking.
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quahkm Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
lol
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quahkm Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, guys... it's good to be active again.... this particular exercise is a fresh diversion from my current pencilling gig.
I miss inking a lot but i'm just too slow in this department... best to leave it to the pros.

The whole idea of this post is to make a point... that inking is an art all by itself... i always believe an inker is as good
an artist as a penciller. Case close...

Hope to see you guys again.... cheers


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edo85 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
Awesome! Really great!
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westpunk16 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
WELL SAID AND WELL DRAWN!
Excellent page, I love the detail of the city and the entire wieght of the page.

great contrast and layout

inking really isnt tracing as most people think it is, not everyone can achieve such success with a crow quill and no erasers. ;)

again AWeSOME!!!

Fav for sure
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rantz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Professional
Very cool. Sometimes a penciller knows best on how his pencils should be inked.....unfortunately.
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Drakengel17 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Great work alan nicely done work. Keep up the work
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Psycho-Fish Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
very nice indeed. does the pencils justice.
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NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
A good inker is indeed an arist. You have to understand compostion and balance-especially when you're dealing with just two tones. Inking should further enhance the work.

I think I have a fairly decent grasp of the whole inking thing, but I'm still learning. It's a very difficult skill to master but one that will take your pencils to another level.

And BTW, nice work :thumbsup:
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bastardepiphany Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
An excellent balance of darks and lights. Why the computer generated ellipse?
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ragelion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen
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vilacassio Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
this is really great. I loved the idea that the pipe is in the middle. :D :clap:
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