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Harley Quinn - Ink and Colour by MichaelLThomas Harley Quinn - Ink and Colour :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 10 0 Dark was the Night- page 7 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 7 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 0 0 Dark was the Night- page 6 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 6 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 0 0 King and Queen of the Elves by MichaelLThomas King and Queen of the Elves :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 11 7 Space Battle, inked comic page by MichaelLThomas Space Battle, inked comic page :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 2 0 Frankenstein and his Monster by MichaelLThomas Frankenstein and his Monster :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 0 0 Dark was the Night- page 5 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 5 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 3 0 Dark was the Night- page 4 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 4 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 0 0 Dark was the Night- page 3 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 3 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 4 3 Dark was the Night- page 2 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 2 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 2 1 Dark was the Night- page 1 by MichaelLThomas Dark was the Night- page 1 :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 2 0 Joker in the ''mirror'' by MichaelLThomas Joker in the ''mirror'' :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 21 7 Terry Pratchett's Susan and DEATH by MichaelLThomas Terry Pratchett's Susan and DEATH :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 39 17 Deadpool at Hogwarts by MichaelLThomas Deadpool at Hogwarts :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 7 2 Melodramatic Tourguide! Iceland Chronicles by MichaelLThomas Melodramatic Tourguide! Iceland Chronicles :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 1 0 Scary Clowns Sketch by MichaelLThomas Scary Clowns Sketch :iconmichaellthomas:MichaelLThomas 2 5

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Risk 101 Page 2 Inked by MichyKahuya Risk 101 Page 2 Inked :iconmichykahuya:MichyKahuya 10 0 Batman by JoelGomez Batman :iconjoelgomez:JoelGomez 153 26 Daily Headshots 019 by ArtofDPI Daily Headshots 019 :iconartofdpi:ArtofDPI 6 0 Daily Headshots 024 by ArtofDPI Daily Headshots 024 :iconartofdpi:ArtofDPI 18 4 The Ride of the Rohirrim by peet The Ride of the Rohirrim :iconpeet:peet 548 78 Remember by seamstressofavalon Remember :iconseamstressofavalon:seamstressofavalon 2 0 Grima and Eowyn by marbolotte Grima and Eowyn :iconmarbolotte:marbolotte 7 4 Vimes by CrocInCrocs Vimes :iconcrocincrocs:CrocInCrocs 193 13 Lancre Castle by marbolotte Lancre Castle :iconmarbolotte:marbolotte 11 7 Small Gods by MarcSimonetti Small Gods :iconmarcsimonetti:MarcSimonetti 3,616 260 Watchmen of Ankh-Morpork - Dorfl by Zhorez1321 Watchmen of Ankh-Morpork - Dorfl :iconzhorez1321:Zhorez1321 73 10 goodbye Sir Terry by mastaczajnik goodbye Sir Terry :iconmastaczajnik:mastaczajnik 216 20 Joker and Harley by LeraRemarque Joker and Harley :iconleraremarque:LeraRemarque 228 34 Batman by MarcMons007 Batman :iconmarcmons007:MarcMons007 334 40 The Savage Hawkman by Forty-Fathoms The Savage Hawkman :iconforty-fathoms:Forty-Fathoms 433 52

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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

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Stuart M L Thomas
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
I like to draw and ink in my spare time, mostly in a comicbook/cartoon style but also experiment a bit with other media. I'm currently using Sketchbook Pro to colour digitally
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Danicavi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional
Thanks for the fav :)
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marbolotte Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your art! Great work! So pleased to meet Discworld fan ^_^
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MichaelLThomas Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. I've been looking through your gallery, you are a very talented painter!
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:iconmarbolotte:
marbolotte Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meow :3  but sooo lazy^
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MichaelLThomas Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't say that. I don't have the patience or determination for painting, or really using colour at all. You're very good, not lazy
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LeraRemarque Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Thanks for the fav =)
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JeremyRJackson Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav.
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monkeygeek Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fave. : D
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DracowormArt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks for the Fave! :)
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MichaelLThomas Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. I love your inking style. Great art. Do you have any tips for someone who wants to get better at inking?
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