So if you've been following my tweets, periodically I post my current status on "Pirates of Mars", a graphic novel I'm working on with JJ Kahrs. It was/is 96 pages of thumbnails, blue pencils, finished pencils, inks, lettering and tones.
Right now, I've finished up to page 66! Alright!
One of my favorite parts of the comic process is inking. I love inking. It's the painterly aspect of comic books - at least for me since I use brushes.
Here is how I typically approach a panel ...
I need to define the planes in the top panel - meaning the dude in the very front has to be inked a bit heavier so he is separated from our two main characters (Captain Lovelace + KC130) I give him some areas of heavy black.
Next, to the characters who are talking - they are the focus of the page. KC130 is all black, which is perfect because usually your eye will go to the dark spots on a page. By inking the robot heavy, and inking the background with lighter strokes, KC130 will be a focal point.
Dan Dare in the background incognito ....
I ink Dan's jacket to be in direct contrast with the highlight on Victoria's bomber jacket, which I make fade into light pants as if everybody walking is kicking up dust.
Lastly, I switch to a thin pen to do the straight edges and fine details in the background. I don't want the lines to compete with the subjects in the front.
thanks for reading!