- rough out in pencil (normal or blue) the border
- rough the characters and dialog balloons in pencil (again blue or normal)
- ink in the characters
- do background and shading
- ink in the dialog and balloons
- ink the borders
- erase the pencil if I used a normal lead
So with that in mind I decided I'd do a test. I'd push the LAYER button on the receiver at each step and see if it could create what would be acceptable to me as a finished product with no erasing. (Just a bit of complaint for BLOGGER!, it is not real easy to create and lay out images in a manner that could be more creative), Sorry if this looks a bit cluttered.
My initial thoughts on this process is it would be nice to have different color inks in the pen, like one of those 4 color pens you had in school. It is hard to tell the difference on the paper what was a rough pen line and finished pen line even though I tried to do the rough really lightly. You can see I forgot to ink in the month. I also noticed, and it is more obvious when you look at the scanned version, that the finished inking is really no where near the smoothness and quality I'd submit my finished work It is disjointed and clumsy looking. Finally, you can see that the elements don't line up real well. The cross hatching is on the balloon and such. I don't understand why the images are so dark here. They load to Photoshop white. I'm not sure at this stage if each layer would load as layers of one image file into Photoshop, but if they did, and you like to ink in PS, then this could all function as your roughs. I don't see it as, of yet, a way to create a finished work.
|rough, what would of been|
done in pencil very lightly
|Inked layer, You can't tell much|
difference between the rough
|Dialog and balloon layer|
|Border and background|
|Finished? Combining layers|
2 thru 5.
|This is the sketch pad version. If it had|
been intended for a finished piece I'd
been able to erase the roughed layer, so
this doesn't look as clean as it would be.
If you are wondering why the sketch pad, scanned version has more characters, it is because I drew them earlier in the day. I didn't want to use another piece of paper just to do my test and I understand the Inkling on records what you draw at the time.