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Traditional Inking Tutorial 8D by miaow Traditional Inking Tutorial 8D by miaow
Umm.. since quite some people asked me how I do lineart, and make them so clean... so I decided to make a tutorial on how I do traditional inking XD;; Some of the principles could be applied to digital inking as well!! Well, I think it's better to master the basics (lineart) first then only proceed to the next step (colors) eh?? This is the first time I'm making a tutorial, so forgive me if I made any spelling mistakes or typo mistakes ya!!

Feel free to comment or ask questions!! 8D

I took reference on the style of this tutorial XD;; Although it's a completely different kind of tutorial though XP
Yume's painter tutorial

Artwork inspired by this kind of 'creature' in a shoujo manga, I dunno how to translate the title nor the mangaka name... Here's the manga cover!! There's this kind of 'beings' in the manga called Spicas. The artwork's design is based off those Spicas :3

Extra tips:
- For those of you having a hard time drawing long curvy lines, you could try getting something called a Curve Ruler for practise!! 8D You could get it in most stationery shops I think!!

What do u use to color your drawings that you outline??
Adobe Photoshop, sometimes I use my prismacolor markers to color them too ^^
How old are you?
Errr... there's a clue on my front page...
I'd love to see some reflectiveness in the eyes also.
OK this isn't a question, but I usually do the eye details, the iris, highlights and the reflection when I'm colouring later!! ^^
If i do alot of sketchy stuff like 10000 layers >.< (exagerating) of lines over one place does it effect inking?
Well, if you feel that it's impossible to clean the pencil sketch later, probably you should put a paper on top to trace the sketch again ^^ Or if you're brave enough, you could trace-ink instead of trace-sketch too, a lightbox helps!! ^^
Could I ask what kind of paper you worked with, and how large it was?
DoubleA paper (Thai company, dun think it's available in UK/US yet o_O;; ) it's 80gsm, A4 sized
And did you go through any process during scanning to make the lines so crisp and neat, and the background so white?
After I scan I adjusted the brightness and contrast a little, just a little, and I clean off all the dusts and little spots with photoshop's eraser tool ^^
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friskies43 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks, it was a useful read
Valkeus-and-Varya Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! That was a great refresher course in using my micron pens :)
Susoke Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial, love it~
I still have yet to try it, but I can never scan anything right. ;n;
LianneSilver927 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you so much for this incredible tutorial. I was finally able to make a really good lineart. When I finished, I was like, "Holy cow, it's actually good." My problem was that I rushed through the inking and never took time to focus on the importance of good pen thickness.
cactuarZrule Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I featured this in my group journal! :3
I hope that's alright.
Psycho-Yetu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! This helped <3333~~
jiggajiggabambam Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks, for an advanced art class I picked to do manga all semester and I wanted to try inking really bad so I went out and bought myself a little kit with Prismacolor pens. This helped a lot!
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
You are skilled, do you know how to make white lines? once they gave me a kind of "white" nankeen , it was no good....
GloomKeeper Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Can I use a sharpie? that`s all I have
strawberrynekos Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that maybe if you had one of those pen sharpies it would work. I'm not all that sure.
GloomKeeper Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thanks! :)
strawberrynekos Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.
icedlemontea000 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
This helped me out a lot! Thank you! Also I have some of the pens you got, so you probably can get the pens and paper in Asia. (I live in Hong Kong)
TheCrystalWolf100 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohsheet I made an awso,e pencil sketch like a week ago and I was gonna ink it today o.o; I hope the pencil comes off xD
Rolfa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing tutorial, I never get my lines straight, but I'm sure this is going to help a lot!
ImTooLayzee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I wish I could ink like that someday... :noes:

Oh, who am I deceiving? I cannot even draw :iconcryforeverplz:
foxglove1028 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ for this wonderful tutorial :meow:
BotinhaXP Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you!
I always have some difficult to learn how to ink my drawins, but now I think I learned!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011   General Artist
Super clear and helpful! ^.^ nice tutorial!
Ziggy11 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. it helped a ton. I'm not the best at inking so this will help me to improve a lot =]
HCRonin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this ^_^ I pretty much have only a 0.1 pen. 3, in fact, so breaking one is no problem for me, lol. With regard to my style, I usually just leave the details on the cloth, or texture like thingies to when I shade it. Gives it a more blended look :)
Pereyga Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I always make mistakes when I want to ink something ... thanks for the tut he looks really good =D
Aglassman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student General Artist
This is super duper useful. Thanks!
exjuice Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! It really helped me :D
MarshmellowHeaven Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I Envy your crispy-niss :I
Dark-Merchant Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
for some reason DA never lets me download things, it just comes up as: done, with a blank image. have you hosted this tutorial elsewhere where I can view it?
LyFaya Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Where did you buy your pens?
SaoirseFire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Where's the tutorial?
SaoirseFire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Never mind. Love your method. And I wouldn't say the lines are too thick- they're perfect.
Mr-White-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful!
dyasmita Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
hello miaow,

i put this tutorial in my review at my website [link] by giving the link here and link to your main page. I hope you don't mind and more people can learn from your amazing tutorial.

thank u,
mitayashi no mae
Xansevira Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
what pen size didi you use for the hair?
MiracleMili Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love inking traditionally too :dance: But sadly when I scan it, the lines have white bubbles in them :(
This helped a ton though :D
demonangel111 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. It looks very helpful. I can't wait to try it out.
darkojamajo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the tutorial wont show up, i just get the preview image thing...
miaow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You need to download it. This was uploaded ages ago with DA's old system which allows different image fore preview and full view >.< I guess it needs an update soon :(
Pinora Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely wonderful!! Inking is my favorite step but I've never been good at figuring out where to thicken the lines. Thank you so much! :heart:
YumikoStarlight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygosh thank you so much for posting this. My hand isn't really steady, so I'm not doing so well with digital inking. on the other hand I'm still having problems with traditional linearts too. -.-' Maybe it's just my pen, maybe it's the paper, but they don't go together well. My line never looks as fine as yours, but it's probably the pen's fault, since my paper is 90 g/m2 (m - squared, or whatever), but when I outline the sketch lines always come out kinda... fuzzy or something, I dunno how to describe it. Anyway they don't have those nice smooth edges your lineart does. Not to mention that I don't know how long I must wait to erasethe pencil lines, and then I have black marks all over my pic... and it's making me frustrated, really. I tried your tip on thickening the lines... and then boom. I was like "Is this seriously my lineart?" I mean it looked pretty good, but ofcourse I failed with rubbering the pencil aaaand... well again with those black marks my rubber left behind. Anyway, I'm gonna go buy pilot inking pens, seems like they do you much better job than my Mitama liquid. Heck does that even count as an inking pen? (not to mention that it doesn't even have its pic on the internet, so it can't be something serious to use for something like manga drawings...)
Raitei044 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tut. :)
Yoshii-kun Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Very helpful!! Thank you!!!
Sirfy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped alot!
Naks-Ark Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student General Artist
nice tutorial thax!! :D

I knew most of this stuff_as far as thickness of strokes and such,
but doing the objects onrnever even crossedmy mined XP

Thax!! :D
Nuts-o Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, thanks!
this helped... A LOT
i still suck at inking, but not nearly as bad as i used to.
i think it may have something to do with cheap pens....
oh well, anyways...
Hitsugaya-Koorihana Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Malaysian artist FTW!!
2bnallegory Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Thanks, nice tutorial.
SkeletonAmy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
cornfelsic Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful! Thanks ^^
MadamSugarHigh Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Thankyou this is great!! :heart:
violetxbunny Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!

I'm really glad that you made this because now I could do my lneart without feeling like I've messed up a bunch of times, hehe.

Once I got my art outlined and colored, I might show it to you, if you want (;

Just a quick question: Once you've outline it, is it necessary to re-outline them on -insert whatever program-? And if not, then just color them on top?
MagicBBunny Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Nice tutorial!!

You're from Malaysia?
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