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How To Ink A Comic Book Page

Updated on July 14, 2014

Comic Book Inking

Inking a comic book, takes some amount of special technique and a range of inking methods and this is what this hubpage is about, so we are continuing on from how to draft a comic book page and so we are continuing from the same comic book page drawing we left off on that article.

But first I would like to go through the pens and special equipment that you need if your are serious about creating some good quality comic book artwork, now I use a mix of cheap gel ink pens for some of the inking and the ones I use have a really fine nib point that is great for drawing in fine lines on your pencil artwork.

I also use black Sharpie markers too for adding thicker ink lines and as the Sharpie markers are permanent markers they are totally black with no fading on the drawings which make the pages look professional, I may occasionally transfer the drawing later on on the computer and add extra details for the inking if I think something is lacking in lines or detail.

Another thing I have been using is a special solution called process white, which is to basically touch up areas that you have either over inked or smudged with ink over the panel lines, this special paint is like a form of tippex that covers up areas that when you photocopy or scan in on the computer so your mistakes with the ink don't show up.

It is recommended that you draw finished artwork from the outset onto bristol board or some kind of illustration board, but I do not, I would if I was drawing comics professionally, but since I don't, I just use regular A4 size paper as this is good enough to get your stories drawn on.

Aside from ink pens, you may decide that you may want to use brushes or quills for different line weights for your inking and these are best used with Indian Ink which is a solid black ink that is perfect for painting in large areas of black shadow with brushes especially.

Now onto inking the page that you can see below in the videos, I'm used a combination of pens and markers to lay in the dark areas and anywhere I placed crosses in pencil I inked the full area surrounding it, notice also that I straightened up the lines around the panels and thickened them to make them stand out and then later I will lay in some process white on a few parts that either the ink pen clogged up and caused a blot on the page or there was a small greasy finger print in the top right hand corner (should have washed my hands after eating them chicken wings!)


Starting To Ink Your Comic Book Page

Now I inked in some cross hatching to show some grey areas which adds to the depth of shading and is also a middle ground between the white paper surface and the completely black areas, but you can also add white highlights against the black too if you wish, this is an advanced technique for the more experienced inker.

Take a look at the horror skull artwork below and see how I've tried to add in a number of different textures such as slime and wrinkled skin. It's in your best interests to try and ink in many textures to make your art more believable.

Now, Watch the videos to see some cross hatching inking in action.

An Example Of Good Solid Black And White Contrasting Artwork

You should be aiming for improvement in your art, this art was done almost 4 years after the page I was working on.
You should be aiming for improvement in your art, this art was done almost 4 years after the page I was working on.

Ink A Comic Book Page Video 1

Inking Comic Book Page Video 2

Inking A Comic Book Page Video 3

Final Inked Comic Book Page

How To Ink Your Comic Book Page

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I use sharpie markers a lot and gel ink pens and any other cheap ink pens that do the trick!

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      Math 

      7 years ago

      Hey man, which kind of pen (pens) do you use???

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      Kay246 

      7 years ago

      What kind of pen were you using in the videos?

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Mike!

      I should have the final piece to scan in and upload here and then it's on to lettering the page and then colouring it to finish off this small comic book drawing series.

      I find backgrounds great to draw, in particular rocks and mountainsides, I could draw them all day if I had the chance.

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Nice job, Wayne. When I've done comic book pages, I find inking to be some of the most difficult and most rewarding aspects of comic art. When you're grinding out backgrounds it can be tiresome, but when it looks good you're just elated with the results. My biggest problem is with consistency--I will be more detail oriented when I fresh, and I lose some of it when tired or bored.

      You are very impressive as an inker, and I enjoyed reading this a great deal. Thanks for sharing your talent and insights.

      Mike

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Mystique!

      I think I'm getting there with this drawing video stuff!!

    • Mystique1957 profile image

      Mystique1957 

      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Hey, Waynet...

      Great stuff you have there, bro! I like the step-by-step explanation! It is easy to follow!

      Great work here, my friend!

      Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and infinite blessings,

      Al

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      cheers now Billy!

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Great hub waynet - I am a big comic book fan and enjoyed it immensley.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      You should try it, it's a great and very artistic medium that has taken over my life!!!

    • FGual profile image

      FGual 

      8 years ago from USA

      Interesting Hub. I've done some drawing but have never gone into comic books.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks for commenting.

      Hopefully have more drawing stuff on here soon, just as soon as I update my blogs first!

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'd really really really like to do this. I have several different strips that I have done for family, friends and my own amusement. I'd like to ink them now - even consider displaying them on the internet.

      I'm going to bookmark this to use as a resource.

      Thanks so much!

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