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Inking tip. by batlesbo Inking tip. by batlesbo
Just a small tip that can help out:

1st panel-Inking with lines of the same size, thin or thick, will make your image flat.

2nd panel- tracing your lines with various sizes (thin to thicker, thick to thinner) will make it much more dynamic!
Work with strokes, even if it means retracing all the lines. It might take twice as long, but it'll look three times better :)

Of course, some artists look for the flat lines, it can suit the mood they're looking for, or the storyline, ect. All depends on how you want it. But by making a drawing more dynamic, it will also make it more alive, and so, much more captivating for the eye.

Ranting over ;) Cheers lads!
Oh and these two gals Horny For You (moi)
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EriChiya Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What materials do you use for inking?
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Kibate Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to be honest here, i like the thin look better. However i think the best way would be something inbetween
though unfortunately i don't know how to draw it, without taking too much time. Like, if a horizontal and a vertical line meet [ ---|---] the corners would be thicker than the actual lines...hard to explain...
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Jien-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I started to use dynamic lines recently - works wonderfully so far!
:heart:
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batlesbo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Good! :)
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Jien-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I'm using it for a GGaR-Fanart right now^^
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batlesbo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ohooo, extra nice! ;)
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Jien-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
;)
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Casnieba Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tip! And just in time for my midterm comic project!

Also, can't help but notice these two look like Roomie and Lillian. XD Hooray for one track minds!
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MirandaTwin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Oddly enough, in class the other day, we were doing blind contour drawings. I hate doing those, but the exercise works. My line quality is so much better.
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Takiusa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Agree, master! _
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yzkethrag Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice.
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Skotlex Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's up to the style. It is true that varying brush stroke width do mimic the way things were traditionally done with brushes, so it does give it that effect. On the other hand, since some time ago I've gone the other way and tried to make the lines stay "out of the way", and thus, they are nearly invisible, giving their way on to the colours. Of course, this only works if you go intensive in the colour department. If you are going to do be doing flat (or cell) shading, then the lineart plays a fundamental part of the image, and then varying strokes do give it a sense of more... depth.

So different techniques for different goals :meow:
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Sab531 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I usually ink with a quill/brush or in Illustrator
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Arianod Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep :nod: That's how I've always done it, and why I always have at least two different size pens. It makes all the different to the final result, even if it means that you have to go twice over the same line. I suppose it'd be a lot easier if I could use a brush, but I'm used to Staedtler technical pens already...
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Arinoco Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Dem horns.
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m3rcl1ne Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Where do I find the subject matter? :XD:
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felixneko7 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
do you have any preference where you put your thick and thins? I hear alot that you want the thick to be where the shadows are from said lightsource. I put my thicks where ever I feel like at the time, and it ends up looking mediocre.
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batlesbo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to tell, it comes to me naturally. Yes, the lightsource could play. Mostly it's a question of practice really, the more you draw, the more you'll find your hands do the work automatically.
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dmann1982 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I need artskills.

Can I steal yours Chloe?..
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Raxel1447 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Does this work for hand-inked works as well?
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batlesbo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Works for everything, and I always ink traditionally c:
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Raxel1447 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Sweet! I suck at digital art. :P Thanks!
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leftcircle Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"the.. the.. the... THE GRINCH"
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