Summer Inking

Here I am inking a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #12 releasing this Fall. This issue will be part two of the Origin Trilogy. Took me about 20 minutes to ink that one panel, which is 1/6th of a page, so two hours to ink a page. So, I'm about as fast as I've always been, but it doesn't seem like it. Not a big fan of inking in the Summer because of the heat, so I like to get it done in the morning.
I'm doing these videos because over the years I've been asked how to ink (including a few pros). What I think they're actually asking is how do I ink in particular (not generally). Best way to show how is to observe and then practice yourself. When I worked as an apprentice at an advertising art studio, I would routinely, and was encouraged to, sit and watch the other artists work whether they were doing animatics, lettering, marker comps, painting, paste up or photo retouching. A few didn't like you to watch them. Maybe they felt inhibited, but more likely they didn't want to divulge any secrets (or just hated my company!). It was also advantageous to learn all aspects of the business.
Materials: brush, board, ink
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Marc Hansen
Marc Hansen

Cartoonist and creator of Ralph Snart Adventures, Weird Melvin and Doctor Gorpon. Hansen has done most of his work for NOW Comics, but has also done work for Marvel, Disney and Kitchen Sink Press.

Ralph Snart Adventures was published from 1986-1993 by now defunct NOW Comics, and was the longest running comic in the entire NOW catalog, selling an average of 50,000 copies a month during that nine year period. Over two million comics were published, and it was the first indy comic to receive the Comics Code.

Today, Marc Hansen publishes Ralph Snart Adventures as an ebook on a sporadic basis. Current issues are available on his website. Keep up with Ralph Snart on Twitter and Facebook.

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