|To ink this piece, I slapped a printout of the final line art down onto a light table, and put a piece of Vellum Bristol over it. Using a blue Colerase pencil (so it wouldn't show in a lineart scan), I traced out the lines for inking. The paper's a bit dark in this series, to show the blue pencil better.||I generally start with the thicker lines in an image, and work my way down to the thinner lines. These lines were done with a Sakura Pigma pen, 05 size. I use the thicker lines to outline the characters, giving them distinctive boarders, making it easier to tell the characters apart from each other, and from the background. For the linework, I usually draw the line out, then go over it another time or two to smooth it out. Along the way, I add thickness to the lines, usually where there's a main intersection, in order to add a bit of weight and variation in the linework.|
|After I've outlined the characters, I move down to the next size pen, in this case a .02. In this line thickness, I start to separate other elements in the drawing, such as limbs, overlapping clothing, and other more major divisions inside the broader outline. In this case, I waited to outline the insert image at this line size, so that it was more an insert, and not the main image.||Now I get down to my .005 pen, in order to do the final detail work. This includes facial work, fur texture, muscle definition, and so on and so forth--basically, anything that was inside a previous outline.|
For the final touch, if there are large swaths of blackened-in areas, I pull out my black art marker and fill them in. However, I only use the marker up to the lines--I don't actually try to fill it in with just the marker! To keep it in the lines, I use a larger sized pigma pen, say .08 or .05, to fill in the gaps. That way, there's no bleed or oopies over the lines I've worked on :) Finally, if needed, some light cross hatching with the .005, to help viewers keep various limbs straight between characters (or just to help various bit of the characters themselves stand out).
So there you have it--an inked pic from sketchy begriming to tidy end. Hope this helps give some ideas for your own artistic process. :)