Comic Book Inking Tutorials and Videos

Joe Kubert on the craft of storytelling in comics.


Next up, some Tutorials.

A good overview of inking supplies and what’s what with Mary Doodles.

Inking splatters with Jonathan Glapion

Razor blade technique with Mike Manley

The late Jeremy Dale talks Copic markers in Artist Alley at C2E2 2011


Spotlight on the artists of EC Comics.

Bernie Wrightson interview from 1987.


Finally, some legendary cartoonists at the drawing table…

Joe Sinnott shows his tools of the trade.

Dave Gibbons and Travis Charest do some drawing.

John Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz do some drawing.

Inking tutorial from John Buscema

John Romita and Joe Kubert do some drawing.

John Romita Sr draws Mary Jane – in conversation with Stan Lee and John Romita Jr.

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Comics – Tools of the Trade

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

I love pen and ink so I still do a good majority of my work with tradition tools like dip pen and brushes, but thanks to Corey Sauer (President of the Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation) I currently have a Cintiq to play with as well (and yes that ancient rotary phone to the right is my studio line).

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I also use a Wacom pen tablet (shown below) when I need something more portable.

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15″ MacBookPro with intuous5 Touch Medium pen tablet.


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For transferring layouts to bristol, an Artograph Lightpad A940.


 

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Epson Work Force 7520.

Scans 11″ x 17″, plus it prints up to 13″ x 19″ (and there’s currently newer models than my 7520 out there). Cost saving tip: I find you can get a deal on the older models just when the newer models are coming out.


DRAWING & INKING MATERIALS

Penciling

From left to right…

Pencils:
3h for light sketching and blocking in shapes.
2b for tightening up drawing.
Pental Twist Erase with HB lead for a clean line.

Erasing/corrections:
Kneaded eraser.
white drafting eraser.
X-acto knife (for removing ink by cutting away layer of bristol paper).
Whetstone for sharpening X-acto blades.

Misc:
Triangle, ruler and T-square.
Tape to hold art in place.
And above tape, piece of paper to have under your hand when penciling or inking.

I also have a larger T-square and ruler – but the smaller size comes in pretty handy.


Inking
From left to right…

Nibs:
B6 and C5 lettering nibs.
Japanese G NG-3.
Hunt 513 EF.

Brushes:
Winsor & Newton (In partnership with Blick) Round #1.
Winsor & Newton Series 7 #2.


Rapidograph

From left to right…

Rapidographs/Corrections:
Kohinoor Rapidograph 2/.60.
Kohinoor Rapidograph 1/.50.
Presto fine point correction pen.


INKS, PAPER AND ODDS & ENDS

Ink Paper

For inks I love FW’s black acrylic for how dark it goes down, but lately I have been using Speedball super black as it’s comparable and comes in a big bottle (thus saving me money).

For Flash Gordon I used both 1-ply and 2-ply vellum. Of late I’ve been using 2-ply smooth (or plate).

Underneath is an Alvin green cutting mat – very handy for not only cutting, but for tacking things up as well.


Templates

Last but not least…
Inking templates: Circle, oval and a set of french curves.
Erasing shield (bottom right hand corner).
Ames guide for lettering (to the left of erasing shield).

Not pictured.
For inking: a water jar, rag, paper towels and some scrap bristol are also a necessity.


For more on inking supplies, check out Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden.

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It provides solid instruction for people interested in making their own comics and the page which lists the different kinds of pen nibs for inking is worth the price of admission alone.

Note: For more suggested reading check out
Recommended Books on Drawing & Cartooning


I can’t stress enough that the items listed above are not the only ones I own or use. For instance, I have a number of different inking and lettering nibs, the ones pictured are just the nibs I am currently using the most. Check back in a year and you’d probably see some slight variations in what’s shown above.

Find what what works best for you, but don’t get mired down in the familiar. Try new tools (cutting edge and old school) and keep experimenting.

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PARTING THOUGHT: GETTING THE WORK DONE

Colleen Doran has a great blog where she answers questions regarding time management. Essential reading – check it out.

My two cents worth can be found on my post regarding procrastination.

Last but not least Jessica Abel offers a world of advice about getting more productive and creative. I took an online workshop of hers recently that was incredibly informative and helpful – highly recommended.

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I’ll end with a few words from Zak Sally. I first met Zak while teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He’s a great teacher in that he has the rare ability to make lightbulbs go off in your head where you didn’t even know you were in the dark in the first place. Here he talks about one of his favorite artists, Kim Deitch.

Kim Deitch at his drawing board.

Kim Deitch at his drawing board.

Kim Deitch, he puts in 40 hours a week. He doesn’t put in 40 hours dicking around… Not time thinking about drawing. Not time thinking about when you’re going to draw. Not time drawing but then you get up and look for reference. It’s straight up time sitting there working on it is what he marks down. That’s huge for comics people. It’s putting your ass in the seat and keeping it there. It’s amazing the stuff you can do in an hour if you’re working the whole hour.”

– Zak Sally from Documenting the History of Minnesota Comics.
by Britt Aamodt and Barbara Schulz.


All for now – deadlines looming…
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Recommended Books on Drawing & Cartooning

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
By John Buscema and Stan Lee

Based on the comic art classes Buscema gave in the 1970s, and with text provided by none other than Stan Lee, it’s a great primer on comic book art and storytelling.

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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures
by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

Provides solid instruction for people interested in making their own comics. The page which lists the different kinds of pen nibs for inking is worth the price of admission alone.

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Check out the companion book as well – Mastering Comics.


DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics
By Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein

This book will bring you up to speed on color theory and the art of lettering – with tons of info for working digitally.

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How To Draw: Comics
By Terry Moore

This book is one of a series and focuses on the tools of the trade.
From Comixology, “Everything from paper to Photoshop is discussed in detail, with Moore’s own tips and templates revealed. For beginners and pros alike, this is a book every comic artist will find useful.”

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Making Comics
By Scott McCloud

How to draw comics with an eye to the academic. Scott McCloud first put comics under the microscope with his 1993 book, Understanding Comics. Here he expands on it.

“Only Scott McCloud could organize his thoughts on comics like this. Scott’s talent as a cartoonist not only makes him intimate to insights no outsider can see but also gives him the power to show it to the world. Will it be controversal? Does it live up to the promise of Understanding Comics? Happily, the answer to both questions is yes!”

Jeff Smith (Bone)

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The Mad Art of Caricature
by Tom Richmond

Recipient of a Reuben Award for “Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonist Society, Tom Richmond is probably best know for his work for Mad magazine. Here he lays out what goes into drawing a great caricature.

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Here’s a preview…


Cartoon Animation
by Preston Blair

A classic – From Amazon…

“In this comprehensive title, famed animator Preston Blair shares his expertise on how to develop a cartoon character, create dynamic movement, and coordinate dialogue with action. Topics include character development, line of action, dialogue, timing, and, of course, animation! This valuable resource provides all the inspiration and information you need to begin drawing your own animated characters.”

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Last but not least…
First published in the 1960s, the following Jack Hamm books are a mainstay on my bookshelf – Highly recommended!

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There’s many more art books I could list (Rendering in Pen and Ink by Guptill and any of the Andrew Loomis books come to mind) – but I think the preceding is at least a start. As mentioned with the Jack Hamm books, they are all on my bookshelf and are all well worn from years of use.

If money is tight, some of these books can be checked out from the library – that way you can give them a test run before investing in them. And if you’re serious about drawing, you’ll definitely want to pick up the ones you like so you can have them for handy reference and further study.


If interested in more info about cartooning, check out my previous post
Working Professionally as a Cartoonist.
All my work related links are posted there for easy browsing and access.

-Jim Keefe

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Sally Forth Drop Panels – April to June 2016

Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s the Sunday strip for April 3, 2016 with the drop panel…

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Then without…

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And now without further ado, here’s the drop panels for
April 3, 2016 through June 26, 2016.

April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016

April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016

April 17, 2016

April 17, 2016

April 24, 2016

April 24, 2016

May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

May 8, 2016

May 8, 2016

May 15, 2016

May 15, 2016

May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016

May 29, 2016

May 29, 2016

June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016

June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016

June 19, 2016

June 19, 2016

June 26, 2016

June 26, 2016

For more from previous posts, go to Sally Forth drop panels.

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MSP ComiCon 2016

Tessa and I manning the booth.

Tessa and I manning the booth.

Had a great time at the Minneapolis St. Paul ComiCon – here’s some pics!


 MSP ComiCon 2016 - The beginning of the line just before 10am on Saturday, May 14, 2016


MSP ComiCon 2016 – The beginning of the line just before 10am on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

 MSP ComiCon 2016 - The line just before 10am winding off into the distance.


MSP ComiCon 2016 – The line just before 10am winding off into the distance.

The doors open - the MSP ComiCon 2016 begins!

The doors open – the MSP ComiCon begins!

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Cosplay at the MSP ComiCon 2016.

Joe Rider - Convention sketch commission.

Joe Rider – Convention sketch commission.

Joel Rasmussen - Convention sketch commission.

Joel Rasmussen – Convention sketch commission.

George Hagenauer manning his booth - lots of amazing stuff!

George Hagenauer manning his booth – lots of amazing stuff!

Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall

Jacklyn Hedlund

Jacklyn Hedlund (on right) and Pam

Rachel Topka and Jen Silverman

Rachel Topka and Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman

Jen Riehm and Ray Fuller

Jen Riehm and Ray Fuller

Kyle Harabedian and Dennis Madamba

Kyle Harabedian and Dennis Madamba

Charles Stewart III

Charles Stewart III

Phil Juliano and Doug Kallberg

Phil Juliano and Doug Kallberg

Lucas Munson

Lucas Munson

Hannah Blumenreich, Jack Kotz and Brock Beauchamp

Hannah Blumenreich, Jack Kotz and Brock Beauchamp

 Jonathan and Alex Ness

Jonathan and Alex Ness

Mark Stegbauer and Steve Bryant

Mark Stegbauer and Steve Bryant

Steve Leialoha

Steve Leialoha

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Brent Schoonover

Brent Schoonover

Zander Cannon

Zander Cannon

Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins

MSP ComiCon 2016 draws to an end - and so does Dan Jurgens.

MSP ComiCon 2016 draws to an end – and so does Dan Jurgens.


Racing around Sunday, there were sooooo many people I DIDN’T get photos of – Paul Fricke, Brian Augustyn, Randall Dahlk, Ursula Murray Husted and Brad Perri are just among the few.

A real stellar convention. I want to thank everyone behind the scenes at the Midwest Comic Book Association for putting on a great show – you guys RULE!

Next on their agenda…

Fall Teaser Poster

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Wizard World Minneapolis 2016

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Just got back from Wizard World Minneapolis!
I could only go for a couple hours on Friday, but here’s some pics.

Gerhard and Shelley Byers

Gerhard and Shelley Byers

Guy Gilchrist

Guy Gilchrist


And from the Twin Cities Comic Collective

Phil Juliano and Brad Perri

Phil Juliano and Brad Perri

Doug Kallberg and Brock Beauchamp

Doug Kallberg and Brock Beauchamp

Lucas Munson and Jack Kotz

Lucas Munson and Jack Kotz


And for those looking for some art instruction…

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design


So much more to see – Neal Adams, Dan Jurgens, Danny Fingeroth, Michael Golden and many, many more.

There are film and TV celebrities as well of course, but they take a back seat to the comic artists in my book. If you’re around the Twin Cities this weekend (May 6-8), check it out!

For more info go to WizardWorld.com

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Prince 1958-2016

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Prince by Brian Bolland – 1991

Aerial shot of Paisley Park.

Aerial shot of Paisley Park.

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