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Some quick sketches inked with a brush pen. I'm trying to switch from quill to brush, wrist to shoulder. Does anyone have any inking-related suggestions?
What you are doing looks good. A good friend of mine draws his characters first and uses a brush instead of a pen. You can check out his line quality from using a brush at: http://www.ronhillartist.com
He teaches full time to art students so I'm sure that if you contact him through his website he will be glad to give you some pointers.
Vary your linethickness more and push your renderstyle.
Love this stuff, now go make more.
Another thing I'm noticing is some slight "bleed" to your line. Pen looks best when it's really crisp, so you should be working on a very smooth finished "hot press" paper or bristol board.
If you want to train your control and how you should put your lines, try to take existing brush pen illustrations. Xerox them at a comfortable size and trace them PERFECTLY. Don't linger too long on the paper with your brush pen; you need to have a confident stroke.
If you find a strange angle to do, don't hesitate to turn your paper to always have your "power stroke". It'll help you finish your lines and keep them steady and in control.
I think I still have a page worth of such examples somewhere. It's an old thing back from college but the point was to achieve what you're trying to do. Would you like me to try and dig it out ?
I can't offer too much advise, but the one thing I found really helps with getting a clean looking line is to look ahead a little bit from where your pen tip/pencil tip is when you're doing clean-ups
No thanks, egerie, I got loaded down with brush pen examples from the summer program at SCAD.Originally Posted by egerie