11 April 2011
Nibs and old rope
For one thing I think nibs have to be broken in, secondly all new skills take time to learn, you have to get a feel for the nib and how it works. I also think there is another factor and that is the inking style you wish to go with. I have never been one to deliberately focus on style and i think doing so is detrimental to your final artwork, but the catch is that there has to be some sort of style that grows out of a approach or mentality, even if that is 'no-style'.
I think the best way to find style is to first find the tools that suit how you work and then just draw as much as possible with that tool until a natural style emerges.
The image above is a pencil sketch that I did in 2009 and just inked recently. The idea was to create a weird family portrait. Originally made for an art installation in Albury, however I ended up going with drawings of people walking around town.
Lately I have realised that I'm a bad blogger, as I forget to make follow up posts to things I mention I'm doing or working on. To make up for this I'm going to post the photo's from the art installation mentioned above.
After writing this I proceeded to use a nib to ink a large comic for a anthology submission, and I was really pleased with the results. I still have some room to improve but I can see how I could develop my technique further. I will be posting some process pictures of the comic soon.
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