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Grid Pix - Inks #1

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Mon, 18 Feb 2019

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I took my distorted pencils from Affinity Paint and imported them back into Clip Studio to start the inking. This stage was fairly straightforward, although quite time consuming.

Because I’d done the lens distortion, and all the previously straight lines were now subtly curved, the perspective ruler in Clip Studio was could no longer be used as a guide for my inking, so I had to do everything freehand.

I always worry with big, repetitive designs like this about whether I’m doing too much or too little detail. I did a little test on one block, with the amount of shading I thought looked right, and then started doing the rest of the blocks in the same way. I didn’t want to get to the end and find I was shading way more or way less than at the start, so I also kept switching which area of the drawing I was working on, so any ‘drift’ in my style would be at least evenly spread.

About half way through I saw some advice to artists posted on twitter, where an experienced comic artist said one of the pieces of advice he could give to almost any junior artist before even looking at their portfolio was to tell them that their time could be better spent than drawing every single brick in every wall. Aargh, had I gone too detailed? Was I wasting my time drawing every brick, when I could be finished now if I’d stayed simpler? I agonised over every line on every brick about whether I was massively wasting my time.


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