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Brief Personal Update, With Ink

No, I haven't stopped posting about Robert's Rules of Writing. It's just that I've got a deadline on three paying projects, so I need to concentrate on those rather than the more involved aspects of this blog.

Advice on writing will continue as soon as I can.

In the meantime, last night Nomi and I resumed our comic book art classes, and our teacher, Raul Gonzalez, introduced us to the technique of inking. We each drew and inked two faces of our main characters. The inking really makes the drawings pop out and appear more alive. Raul let us use his own red sable #4 brushes and bottles of FW ink, and now I want to set up a studio in our apartment. (Just kidding, Nomi.)

I'm sorry to say that I haven't practiced drawing as much as I'd like, but I am gaining a much better appreciation of the craft of the artist in comics. Which is odd considering how much of my life I've spent reading them. I've always concentrated on story and dialogue, and rarely on the art unless it was exceptionally good or bad, which is a shame. Because now I'm studying things like Mark Buckingham's pencils, C.C. Beck's lines, Alex Ross's colors, etc., and beginning to understand the techniques they use to bring a picture to life.

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It's sort of like actors who write or direct for the first time, or vice versa; you get a much better sense of the choices people make and all the different elements they're playing with. It's so easy to take that for granted when you see the polished, finished product.
Inking is done with brushes (not pens)? That never occurred to me.
Inking can be done with both brushes and pens, depending on what the inker is trying to accomplish.
It's just that I've got a deadline on three paying projects

paying deadlines always, always, always take priority over unpaid blogging. we who are your LJ friends (more encompassing than merely those of us on LJ who are also friends in RL) understand and respect this. :)

on a related note...YAAYYYYY! for having multiple paying deadlines!
And congratulations on your Hugo nomination!
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