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Inking is an essential skill for every comic and manga artist. Some people believe it’s easy, since you “simply” have to follow the lines of the pencil-sketch… Don’t listen to those noobs!

Inking isn’t to be taken lightly. It not only requires a high amount of concentration and confidence with the tools, but also good knowledge of elements of design, like cross-hatching, contrasts and lights & shadows.

But don’t worry, it’s nothing that can’t be learned! This tutorial is suited for beginners as well as advanced artists, who still want to improve their inking skills.
To get the maximum of this tutorial I suggest to actually get the tools and draw along while you read. The time and energy you invest will surely pay off!
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The only tools you will need are paper, a pencil, an eraser, as well as a nib pen and a bottle of ink.

I’m going to use the G-Pen-nib in this tutorial, which is a rather popular type amongst the Japanese mangaka. However, if you have a different kind of nib pen it should be fine, since they are all quite similar (unless you have some kind of calligraphy pen with a round point or something).

As for the ink, it should be ideally as black as possible (some are called black, but are quite grayish) and it should dry quickly. The manga ink I bought by Deleter proved to be pretty good, as well as their ink “number 2” (hidden ad XD). In many shops you can try the ink out before buying. It’s a good idea to do so.

Before I forget it – always make sure to have some kind of tissue at your working place, since it can get messy quickly when you work with ink.
Another thing that I find very useful is the plastic envelope of the tissue pack. I use it to rest my hand on it while drawing and inking. That way, the graphite won’t get smudged when I move my hand and also the paper won’t become all wavy when the hand gets sweaty…
Trust me, it’s a great thing to have!

My last pieces of advice: When you open your ink bottle, make absolutely sure it stands somewhere where you can’t accidentally knock it over! A corner would be good.
And after you’re done, don’t forget to clean your nib .
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Now that we have all our tools ready, what we need to do is to make a pencil-sketch of our drawing!
Keep in mind that you don’t have to make a piece of refined art. In the end it will be erased anyways!
However, you should try to make clear lines so that you still know what’s what in the inking stage. Erase unnecessary lines directly.

Also never press the pencil too hard, because it can become it can lead to problems when you want to erase it again – If you erase too much you can damage the paper… then it won’t be able to absorb the ink properly and you can start again .

After you’re done with the sketch, mirror it to make sure there are no mistakes.
Okay, after we’re done with our basic sketch it’s time to ink!
Or is it…?
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HINT: If you have a brand new nib pen, you may have to “baptize” it before drawing with it. Most nibs tend to be very hard and sharp, so it’s not easy to create smooth, fluid strokes.
Rub it against the paper almost as if you were sharpening a knife. If you do it for about five minutes, it should become a bit rounder. Of course you won’t be able to see that with the eye, but when you try to draw, it should feel smoother.
Now that we’re ready, we can start inking, right?
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No! XD
Like before doing sport, when you’re going to ink you have to make some warm-ups first!
Get used to drawing…
…long, straight lines
…lines varied in thickness
…curves
…circles
…etc.
Just draw random stuff. But also try to get “good” lines, no quick, sketchy ones (okay, my example picture isn't the best, but you get the idea XD).
If it’s your first time inking, you may have to fill out at least one full page with scribbles. It’s important since ink can’t be easily erased… So you want to be in top condition for inking !
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Very good! Now that we’re fit, it’s finally time to ink our drawing!
BUT! There is one thing that we have to understand before that: the pencil strokes must not be exactly traced!
We have to see inking more as a way of drawing (and the pencil-sketch as a guide). The pencil strokes mustn’t be “imitated”.
You will understand better what I mean by that when you follow along in the next steps !

So, where to start? The proper way is to draw from <i>top left to bottom right</i> if you’re right handed and from <i>top right to bottom left</i> if you are left handed. That way the chances that you smudge the ink with your hand are very low.

Since the head of this character is on the top left hand side, let’s just start with it!
I begin with the hair strands. Notice how I hold the pen as near to the tip of the pen as possible. That allows a better control over the lines and results in fewer mistakes.
Also note how I turn the pen to draw different kinds of lines. Don’t use a nib pen as you would use a normal pen or pencil. You have to reposition your hand often to achieve good lines. Draw by “pulling” the lines from one point and down. That may take some time to get used to at the beginning, but it’s really just a matter of practice.
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When inking, always keep your light source in mind.
In this drawing I want the light to shine somewhere from the upper left hand side.
Therefore I simply make the hair strands that receive more light thinner. They look lighter and brighter that way.
Some strands Behind her ear can’t be reached by the light as well, so I make the light thicker and denser. It creates the illusion of a shadow.



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To give certain places an even brighter look, I like to use open lines. It feels as if a lot of light is being reflected there. It’s best to use it on reflective materials like hair and metal.
Try to not to leave to many open lines at unnecessary places, or it will look like there are white stains on the picture or something XD .
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Yeah, I too do sometimes mistakes...
Okay, I do them <i>often</i>!
So what! Don’t worry if you have made a wrong line somewhere. It can be corrected with white ink, or even easier afterwards on the computer. So just ignore mistakes and don’t panic .

There are certain places where no light comes in at all, like the top of the neck under the chin. It’s a good idea to place a shadow there
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Now we come to the details which many people tend to ignore... But you shouldn’t .
A bandage is wrapped around her upper arm. Now we can’t simply make one long stroke to draw it.
To create the illusion of soft skin we have to add small curves at the transitions from her arm to the bandage.
Thinking of these kind of details can make a drawing much more believable.
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I spontaneously decided not to make the bandage pure white, but to give it a texture.
Now, while keeping the light source in mind, I add little horizontal strokes here and there.
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Often you may want to fill in certain places with black. But if there have to be some kinds of details in them, you have to make outlines around them first. In this case, I want to leave the eyes out
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Again we come over a place where light can’t reach .
This time I draw the shadow and by adding tiny strokes I make it look like the shadow is soft.
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Since I want her clothes to be darker than her skin, I add texture to it at the places where less light comes through.
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Now, the shotgun doesn’t have a texture, but I still want to make it dark at the right side. Therefore I use somewhat, cleaner, longer lines. These kinds of lines look more neutral to the eye.
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