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    Acrylic Ink vs. India Ink

    Ok, so I found a picture of V from "V for Vendetta" and I drew it then started inking it, but I noticed that the pigmented acrylic ink is not even close to as dark as the india ink. Any experienced inkers able to tell me some of the differences between the two? I'm sure the acrylic ink is more watery, and obviously the india ink is pitch black, but what else?
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    Well, india ink isn't as black as it used to be. I don't ink nearly as much as I used to, so when I had to ink a piece recently I bought new inks -- Dr. Martins Black Star, W&N, and some generic store brand ink (which I use for large areas of black after letting evaporate for some time.

    Back in the day, inkers I talked to would go on about prepping inks -- letting evaporate while having a micro filter covering the opening or boiling them down a little. This really seemed to be needed if using a brush.

    With this new, scarily thinner ink, I found even my lines made with a nib were grey.

    I've not asked what the ink du jour currently is (usually the blackest, smoothest and most consistent), but I get the feeling that I'll have to be prepared to cook down any ink if I need to even for pen drawing.

    In case you're curious, I found that a candle-heated ceramic bowl was a better method than the double boiler system some inkers use (of course, they go through much more ink). I've this weird wet-popourri thing that was a house-warming gift that works fine. I pour the bottle into the bowl, light a tea light beneath it and let the ink get warm and slowly steam down and concentrate.

    I've never tried this with an acrylic.
    Hope this helps.

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    RPace, thanks for the info man.

    Craig, sorry, I thought my question was sort of specific, so I didnt really search for any "related" threads.
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    np
    Just thought some of your Q was maybe discussed in the other thread, more info for you.
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    yea you know what, I checked it out too, and while it didnt directly answer my question, it did have a good amount of information. Thanks for the link.
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