Even though I’ve been doing more digital art recently, I still love my traditional work. The problem I have most with traditional though is the line work. I’m not very neat, or precise. So I have a tendency to make a bit of a mess.
I like to ink, then colour, then ink again. On the second inking I can vary the line width to cover mistakes, but I usually make more mistakes whilst doing it.
So I’ve been doing some experiments. First up: what about only inking once, after I’ve coloured?
I sketched out my piece – a monster, obviously. Then coloured it. At this stage it looked a little weird.
And inked it.
Like my notes say, it kinda worked. But I still made a little mess. Time for experiment two – doing a really thin line for the first inking.
It looks kinda nice with just the thin outline once coloured.
But my colouring is a little messy. So I went ahead and re-inked.
The problem is that to cover my messy colouring, the line becomes thicker, and looks messier.
Conclusion: I need to work on being neater with my colouring.