Re: Zen & the Art of Cartooning Maintenance (Score: 1)
posted Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 03:09 PM (#40745
Ah! I can post now! Thank you for the manual reset, mr. Kellett. Sorry to be such a bother.
(And in case my email got lost, thank you for the Glornak stickers. I'm sure I'll find some use for them when they arrive. If all else fails I can put one on the door to scare off the Jehova's Witnesses ...)
Anyway, what I wanted to say (and the reason I registered) was wether you know of Rice Boy [jho-tan.com]? It's a gorgeous, surreal adventure and Evan Dahm inks with a brush too - the link goes to his 'tutorial':
All of the drawings themselves are inked with some kind of waterproof india ink and a really skinny, round synthetic-hair brush. I really enjoy this kind of drawing. No matter how precise and perfect the pencils are, drawing with a brush is always a very spontaneous experience. Tiny changes in pressure make huge differences in line weight, and it's very hard to keep your hand still without pressing into the surface, like you would with a pen. This makes it much more effective to ink quickly, so that lines are smooth and fluid, if not always necessarily correct. You can see in a lot of my pages places where the line gets kind of squiggly as my hand shakes, or where lines are way too thick when I had too much ink or pressure or something. I love that! I love that you can see exactly where the artist's hand has been, and how quickly and with how much pressure. It's very much a Zen thing- worrying too much about how it will look will make it not look good at all. Becoming absorbed in the process teaches you technique and efficiency and makes the whole thing just more enjoyable. That's kind of my approach to this comic as a whole, for better or worse. I think brush inking is something like my church.