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Digital Inking Demonstration 02

Written on June 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm, by Doug Lefler

Here’s a follow up to my follow up on “My Process of Complication“.  The final version of this image can be found in “Nocturnal Battle“.

Digital Inking Demonstration 01

Written on May 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm, by Doug Lefler

As a follow up to “My Process of Complication”, here is a video showing how I ink.  Although it was recorded while I was creating a drawing of Ziggy (featured in “Nocturnal Battle“) I used a similar process for Seven Extraordinary Things.  It also demonstrates an idea I wrote about in “Rough Sketches and Rehearsals” of leaving some of the drawing to be discovered in the inking stage, so your line retains a sense of spontaneity.

My Process of Complication

Written on April 12, 2010 at 6:41 am, by Doug Lefler

When I started Seven Extraordinary Things I told myself to establish a style of drawing and inking that was simple and quick to execute.

With that in mind I kept my initial drawings uncluttered…


…my first ink lines were clean…


…and unadventurous.  So far so good.


I added blacks to separate foreground from background…


…and thought, “It might be nice to cut some detail into the black areas with an erasure tool”…


…Hmmm.  That’s fun.  Sorta like scratchboard.  Now maybe I’ll add a bit of local texture and some shading on the figures…


…ah, what the hell?  May as well put some shading in the background.


Now I’ve managed to complicate it.  This work flow quickly led me to creating panels like this:


I remember hearing someone say it takes two people to paint a picture: the artist holding the paint brush, and someone standing next to him with a stick to make him stop when the painting was finished.

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