Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A few notes about Inking



Late last year, my buddy Ramon Perez invited me to fill in for him at a class he teaches on inking comics. Specifically, he asked me to come in and give a talk to the students about how I approach lighting and "spotting blacks" (a comic term for figuring out where to put the large areas of black ink on a panel or page). Ramon's an excellent artist and inker himself, with a lot more experience in comics than me, so I really didn't know what else I could add to what he was teaching, but I agreed to give a short demonstration.

Anyway, since it was a first-year/beginner's class, I thought it would be best if I covered some fundamentals. So I prepared a 3 page hand-out for the students, with some notes regarding basic concepts in inking.

Now, I don't presume to try and teach anyone reading this blog, and there are far better inkers out there than me, but I thought it might be fun to share and post those notes here. Hopefully, some of you might enjoy reading it.

22 comments:

Jon McNally said...

Presumptions or no, Mr. Cho,
you can teach me anytime!

Tom said...

I think you did a great job laying out these principles clearly. I am sure many of the students walked away from class with some valuable new knowledge. Heck, I certainly did just taking the time to read through your lesson!

Bob Flynn said...

This is a FABULOUS little tutorial. My brain primarily works in the modes of line and color. I am horrible at thinking in blacks. And this breaks it down in a very understandable way. Thanks!

Michael Cho said...

John: thanks, buddy. Maybe we could swap tips -- I'd love to know how you do what YOU do.

Tom: thanks, Tom. I'm not sure how many students benefited from my visit, but I'm glad you found the notes useful.

Bob Flynn: thanks, Bob. When I was starting out, I was TERRIBLE at spotting blacks -- I was a lineart kinda guy, and placing lighting and shadows was a real weakness of mine. But studying the comic artists I mentioned in my notes really helped me out.

Massacremike said...

Many, many thanks for this - it is VERY much appreciated!

German said...

very cool!!! very handy tips!! how long is the class being held??

Seth Wolfshorndl said...

Thanks so much for posting this!

I am in the middle of teaching my afterschool highschool Cartoon Studio the principles of inking, and this will really help! You covered a lot of things I forgot to mention to them (or just need to learn myself).

m.forsythe said...

You've created a font with your handwriting!

Kyu Shim said...

Nice, Mike!
Very informative and pleasing to the eye.

da janx said...

Top notch, as always, Mr. Cho! I've moved into doing sequential stuff for publishers and as a long time fan of comics, I could never get the black right. This study in shadow theory is brilliant.

Ramon Villalobos said...

thanks a bunch! these are very interesting, i'm sure i'll be looking back on this in a day or so when i have to ink some stuff. haha

Mike said...

Excellent stuff, thanks a lot. I don't often use blocks of black but I should and this will get me going.

Monkeyfeather said...

Awesome notes Mr. Cho. Very helpful, and well thought out. I think you have a lot to offer in the art/inking arena. Nicely done.

Thiago said...

Great tips.

Michael Cho said...

Much thanks for the nice comments, everyone. I'm glad you found the handouts useful.

Matt: No, this isn't a font of my handwriting. Its just a handwritten font I found a while ago and use often. I still haven't gotten around to making my own font -- I'm happier when I just hand-letter it.

Arkonbey said...

thanks for posting. I've been afraid of deep shading recently and this may be the kick in the pants I need.


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mny said...

The format you used here is very effective. Thank you

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Vishal K Bharadwaj said...

"Now, I don't presume to try and teach anyone reading this blog, and there are far better inkers out there than me..."

There's a vast difference between being good at something and being able to teach it, Michael. Your tutorial is excellent, especially for a beginner like me who is just getting into inking. I've seen several more advanced tutorials that I may be able to fully interpret when I am better at inks, but what those miss (and your tutorial achieves) is bringing inks down to a simple method from which to start. I'll find myself returning to it, and recommending it to others, quite a bit, I'm sure.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks again, everyone. I'm glad my notes were clear enough to be useful.

Roberto Zaghi said...

Great job Michael, beautifully simple and direct, just like your style.

Richard Joe said...

Thanks for the tips!!!

mikhail fernando said...

Thanks. Helped. :D 99