In our past exercises, we’ve focused on the “what” you are drawing. In this lesson, we’ll focus on “how” you can do your drawings. By trying this lesson, you’ll get to practice the “inking” that goes into every manga and comic.
Manga is usually printed in black and white. As a result, the art is made by inking over pencil. The ink makes the lines really clear and easy to read!
We have three packets you can download and print out today, and three things we want you to try while inking.
Things to try!
- Work from top to bottom.
- Look for little X’s to fill in an area all black!
- Use thicker lines around the edges, and fine lines for details.
Here’s the image from our 3rd packet, and how it could look after inking. Try new things and see how your version looks!
By inking from top to bottom, you will avoid smearing your ink under your hand!
By filling in some areas with black, you give the drawing good contrast and balance.
Using thick and thin lines helps guide the viewer to answer, “Where does the arm stop and start? Which lines are the edges, and which ones are shadow and detail?”
You can get thicker lines in two ways. One, by using a thicker pen. Two, you can draw over the line again until it’s the thickness you want!
Don’t forget to warm up and experiment with your pens first! Please ask questions if you have any.
Bye for now!