coelasquid: (Full size image here) Little piece of digital…

24 May

coelasquid:

(Full size image here)

Little piece of digital inking advice I’ve learned from years of doing this sort of thing for projects with strict style guides;

Okay, so, anyone who has experience with digital inking knows the temptation to zoom in and out constantly to tinker with all of your details at different levels. The problem is, this freedom to enhance all you like can get you lost in the rabbit hole of tweaking details at 300% that look aesthetically awful at regular web viewing and print size. It’s an easy way to lose track of the big picture.

When I was on Ugly Americans, one of our most tightly enforced rules on the show was a set zoom level. You had one brush size and one zoom level, and everything on screen had to have the same lineweight. As Aaron Augenblick told us “you can’t zoom in on paper.” This is a piece of advice I’ve carried with me to this day, because I realized even if you aren’t going for a stylistically intentional uniform lineweight, it really helps keep your art decluttered and create easy atmospheric perspective in your line work.

When I was doing the short Nicky Two-vests pitch comic it was really my first time working on a big, print-size 11×17 comic page. The first couple pages I did I couldn’t resist the temptation to go in and utilize the ridiculous resolution to add little finnicky details all over the place. The result was awful and basically had to be redone. That was when I decided to try out this technique, choosing a fixed brush size and fixed zoom level for different depth of field and sticking to that. It helps keep the important focus of the image big and bold, the background subdued

For my personal use, I ink with the Frenden Hairpin Sable in Manga Studio 5EX which readjusts to be the same size on screen as you zoom, but the same technique works in photoshop if you adjust the brush to approximately the same size on screen as you go.

dentedyeti – we totally needed this advice. (well, at least I did)

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