Friday, January 8, 2010

Inking 102

Here's another revisited piece of art for my Black on white portfolio.
It's a piece featuring Vincent Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec.
The main reason for revisiting this piece is that the original painted version was damaged by a colored liquid of some sort.
The secondary reason is to continue my inking development.
So this was the original line art for the painted version...

It was never intended to be final art.

In order to do an inked drawing from it I reduced the size to fit on an 8.5 by 11 piece of bristol paper. Then I reduced the opacity of the art to 10%...

and printed it out on the bristol paper.

The result is that I had a basic outline to start with that wouldn't get in my way if I wanted to alter anything. And I did change a couple of things here and there.

The first pass at inking came out looking like this...

I like to scan the art in stages so I can see it on my screen and save the art. That way if I do something to it later that I don't like, I can print out the saved version and start again without completely starting over.
I looked it over and decided that I needed to do something about the lady on right. She was much to white, which made her the center of attention.
I also decided that the dog on the bottom left ,the flower pot, the two guys faces, and the background needed more work. 
This is the result...

I scanned it and looked it over.
I felt that the background , some of the painting of the lady, and Van Gogh's hat needed to get darker.
This is the result...

I also thickened the border to hold it all in.
Overall I'd say it's a successful drawing.
Here's a close up...

I'll do more like this for the portfolio.


Cheap bristol paper.
Faber Castell Pitt artist pens - XS and S.

I liked the way the ink from the pen soaked into the paper quickly and didn't smear or bleed.
If I had to cover large areas in solid black it would be a problem like when I used it with the brush. I would most likely fill in the big areas in photoshop to get a solid black and save ink.

1 comment:

Loni Edwards said...

Wow! Thank you so much for showing your process. It really turned out beautifully!