Step Seven: Inks
Now, I pull out the dip pens for the characters. It didnât take long on this page.
A few things to keep in mind when inking with dip pens:
- Donât overload the nib. Itâs messy, reduces the life of the nib, and makes it prone to dripping on the page.
- After dipping the pen in the ink, test the point by making a quick stroke on some scratch bristol. This gets the ink ďŹowing properly before going over the pencils.
- Work from the top left-hand corner to the bottom right of the panel to reduce the risk of smudges. Donât put ink down where the heel of your hand will be in the near future, because ink doesnât dry immediatelyâespecially thick lines!The thicker the line, the longer it takes to dry.
- Consider where the light source is in the drawing while inking. Make the lines facing the light source thinner than the lines on the shadow side. This helps give the inked drawing more depth.