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Pencil Over Ink

My next edition of my diary and memoir comic is being done exclusively in pencil. There are 7 different pencils on this page. These 6 are Tombows: H, 3H, 2H, B, 2B F, and I use a Blackwing Matte as well (which is soft and dark--the lines for the top two frames above are an example). I love writing and drawing with Blackwings. Such a good pencil.

As you see the top two frames is how everything will be done and scanned and printed on the page--smudges, loose lines, etc. I experimented with removing the rough and smudgy stuff on a different comic over the past few days--using Photoshop to fill in those areas with digital white...just to see how it looked. It's ok...but I'm going with this untouched-up look.

Personally, I am able to draw out a little more nuance in my drawing. This is more of a reflection of my very limited skill level with ink. Not to say I am especially skilled with pencil, but ink just a completely different animal on paper. I like it. Will continue to work with it, but for the next couple of months as I work on Big Chooch #5, most of my work will be in pencil.


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