So here’s an attempt at inking my Naruto fan-art from yesterday…
First I inked it all using just some pure black pens. I varied the width of the line manually (my brush pen has run off and joined the circus I think because I can’t find it anywhere! I must remember to get a new one.)
This is how that turned out…
I worked quite hard on making each line good. This is something I’ve never done before. Although I clearly have a long way to go I think it’s already making a difference.
Then I wanted to give the picture more shading. However, when I looked in my pencil case I had very little to work with – one manga grey ink pen which I’m not great at using in the first place. Anyway, I decided to make three levels of shadow – one with the grey pen covered thinly, one with the grey pen made much darker and one with a hatching affect with my thin black ink pen.
So here’s the final picture:
When I first started shadgin with the grey ink pen I shaded in lines – you can see it in Sasuke’s back. I don’t like the way this looks, but I couldn’t go over it without losing my shadows. If you look at the same shade just below Naruto’s collar you can se that in using more random small strokes I managed to get rid of the ‘horrible line effect’. I’ll need to remember that for next time. Never mind – it’s a good place to start.
(All credit to the marvellous Masashi Kishimoto – creator of the Nauruto manga series!)