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It's a good thing I love platypi, otherwise I'd punch this guy in the babymaker.

The first thing I've ever submitted drawn with a nib pen, and maybe the only one because I'm really horrible with them. Seiously, I can't draw without an eraser. This is a photo, so the lighting's kinda annoying me, I'll probably change it once I come up with something better.

So yeah, definitely gonna try to figure out and establish my own style this year.
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Snow-Bandit Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I still have that problem lol.
Drone-Goon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
I feel for you. I really do, drawing on experience of kind of the same problem. Well, the only way to correct that is to keep trying. Good luck in your search!
Nikikeya-chan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
lol so cute.
TwilightMagician Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Haha awesome.
DeanKreger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
The first sentence in the comment almost knocked me outta my chair. :) Very awesome ID.
AchyJedi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
SO SWEET!!!!!!!!!!<3<3<3<3<3
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a dumb playpus! :XD:

and yer so cute here! :)
FwankyHouse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Nibs take a while, and you need to learn to control them. Don't get so discouraged by them. Put them through the paces and learn to apply pressure on and off through lines, and learn to LIFT every so often and break lines or reset the nib and begin a new line.... depends on the style you want, though.

You should describe the nibs and ink used. I suggest the Japanese chrome plated nibs for starting people, like the Tachikawa 3 or 5. Winsor Newton Black India Permanent ink is best.

If you want good books on inking, skip the crap and just get KLAUS JANSON'S DC INKING BOOK and HOW TO DRAW MANGA PEN & TONE TECHNIQUES. The Manga book is great for tones and some basic inking stuff, while Janson's DC inking book is masterful toward the art and approach of inking lines and pages. Every other inking book I've read is just BLEH.
AnnouncerGuy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Thanks for the advice! I haven't been working with anything very sophisticated so I don't know how much of a difference it will make if I start using better materials. I will definitely look into the books you mentioned, even though I'm very stubborn about teaching myself things, I do kind of need the basic knowledge.
FwankyHouse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Just read the books. You don't need to try too hard---Janson merely describes what he does and what he's learned.

I also suggest a good paper for inking, incase you aren't using good paper. They sell some expensive stuff around and label it as "manga" or "comic" paper but the quality is variable. I suggest 2 ply (3 ply is just board behind a 2 ply) with a nice grain that doesn't spider the ink. Strathmore makes some very good 2 ply papers. Smooth or rougher finish are fine.

When I learned inking it was absolutely hell, but after a month of daily practice everything came together. Most people treat nibs like ballpoint pens, which is a big mistake. Always turn the paper and lift the hand and arm unless doing tiny details. You'll get there in time. You aren't all that bad for a beginner. For better inking technique I wouldn't study the Japanese art as much, but the Japanese do have some great use of blacks and tones and page layouts. If you go back to the old American illustrators for ink style you'll probably move forward as a better illustration/comic artist (ink wise).

If you are interested in old inks, the next time you go to Otakon, take a trip up the King's Highway about 100 miles to Chadds Ford PA and walk through the Brandywine River Museum for a couple hours. It'll blow your mind.
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