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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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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.
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