Last night was the second of seven comic inking classes taught by Ty Templeton and it didn't disappoint.

We started off with marker, working on lines of weight and light.

Here's the worksheet of a Clark Kent which I didn't get to finish:

From there, we picked up our paintbrushes and started learning how to blot our paint and find our points.  It was a lot more precise but there was a lot of freedom and natural curves.

and here is my stupid cat getting in the way.

Once we got used to the strokes of the brush, we inked a Beast

Once we were comfortable with solid brush stroke lines, we moved on to feathering, which I didn't have the opportunity to finish.

Now, you may have noticed from my picture a couple captions above, of the ink blots.  The one before the cat photobomb.  The strokes on the left are just ink residue and the strokes on the right are what are called sawtooth strokes.  This is what we did with sawtooth:

It's best to use with hair and leather, we were told, but I'm sure I can find other applications, too.

Finally, we were to take all the knowledge we gained from the class up to the end of class two and ink a Spiderman pencil drawing.  I think I did a pretty good job.

See you all next week!
Here are two pieces I finished shading with stipples and lines.  Enjoy!

First off, the completed Supergirl statue:

And now, an inked Simpsons pencil drawing:

Today's class will be on brushes and inking with brushes. I'll grab a new brush at the art store on the way to class from dinner. NOM NOM NOM.

The first class started well enough. We started off by using markers, as they're the easiest, I guess you could say. My husband bought me a full set of Microns for Christmas, plus a case, so I was all set. I packed up with my pencils, markers, and a new notebook, and headed in.

Greg and I arrived early, as I like to do, and parked our butts in the front row. I don't like sitting in the back and prefer to be up front if and when Ty decides to demonstrate something to the class on the desk rather than the board.

We began to learn our comfortable curves by drawing a lot of arches, then we practiced on a series of curves: letters U and S, specifically, or rather, shapes that resemble those letters. More like arches and paths, I suppose.

From those exercises, we were given a Simpsons practice sheet (not pictured) to practice our comfortable curves on.

Onward from there, where Ty spoke of foreground, middleground, and background lines. This was a bit of review from the penciling class, but the medium was a bit different so I was happy for the refresh.  We were to ink a set of vines to indicate what is in the foreground, middleground, and background.  Here's what I did:

You may notice the uninked one to the right. I left it blank as reference as to what we were inking from.

After this, we were given a sheet that made most of the class gasp, mutter, or comment on. It was a bit daunting at first, but I was pretty excited to get working on it.

The focal point of this next image are two soldiers, talking.

The ones speaking are the one on the left leaning forward, and the one on the right, sitting to the right of the dude in the glasses.  Again, the inking clearly separates the foreground from the background.

After this activity was one more task: we were to begin drawing from the elbow to create grey areas with ink rather than colouring it through lines, cross hatch, or stippling.  We were given a scale of inking to work on, which I didn't get much into (but plan to complete for homework), as well as a picture to ink in the greys.

I only got about halfway through this, having only finished Supergirl, but the globe has been started. I think I'll use stippling on the globe, as I don't think that parallel lines would look as good as dots or other stipple effects.

Here's the work:

Well, that's that for this week. I have some homework to do, some commissions to work on, and some inking to practice.  Next week we'll be using brushes. EXCITEMENT!

Back in the fall of 2013 I decided that I wanted to really restart my art. It had been years since I was drawing frequently and consistently so taking a few classes to jumpstart myself and get the engine running seemed like a really good idea.

I did some research on the web. I live near Toronto, so I figured that there would be something available for people like me, so after a bit of searching, I found a small independent comic book school of sorts.  Well, maybe not so much a school as an industry professional who teaches classes.

Lots of classes.

I went for it. Comic Book Bootcamp with Ty Templeton.

My friend, Greg, decided that he'd take the classes with me. It's been a lot of fun to date and I really enjoy sharing the things I've learned.

So, without giving away the tricks and secrets Ty teaches, I'll be discussing some of the things I've learned and sharing some of the work that we've been doing in the classes.

Oh, and a shoutout to the others in the Anatomy Five:  Nick, Meghan (sorry if I misspelled that), Jarett (again, sorry if I misspelled), and, of course, Greg.  Story behind that? We took anatomy and it was just the five of us to start. Then, when Greg and I went to penciling class, they were all there.  And now, in inking class, there are still four of us (and hopefully five again when we take the next course!)

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