If you glance to the left, you might see that I'm experimenting with inking. I've done a few inks over the last year, and I think I've definitely improved, but I still have a lot to learn. Mostly I think it's about two things - a) finding a style and b) finding the right tool. Finding a tool is easier, but still requires patience. I read a lot of articles from comic artists who favour applying ink with brushes. I gave this a go and found it very hard to get small details. I then had a go with an old-style pen nib dipped in ink. I did find this easier for applying detail but something about it turned me off. I think it was a combination of the scratchy feel and the requirement to constantly re-dip the pen. However, more recently I found an old fountain pen and decided to give that a try. I definitely think it suits me much much more favourably. I can get the detail I want, and I feel like I have more control. I also don't need to dip the pen in ink every 5 seconds. I also feel I can feather better than using an old nib, as the pen is much softer. I have also decided to give brushes another chance, and have found them much easier to use in a combination with pen.
Finding a style, on the other hand, isn't so formulaic. It requires experimentation and a lot of trial and error. I don't think I've found it yet, but I've been studying other artists and copying their work, and I think that I am slowly finding techniques, ideas and almost formulas that I can say contribute to my emerging style. Might all be navel-gazing bumff but there we go.
On another note, BATMAN!!!! I'm drawing and inking my favourite members of the rogues gallery using heavy shadow. I'll update again (hopefully) more often than my last post