I wanted to hop in here between pages to post a quick update. I am currently at the half-way point of completing inks on JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #9, over penciler Chris Batista and I must say: I am having a BALL. Plus, to team up with the legendary Howard Porter on this issue is extra meaningful to me.
When the issue drops (August, 2014), please feel free to post your comments and reviews on the issue. IMO, I feel that it is some of my best inks over Chris to date.
Looking forward to reading your thoughts!
I frequently am asked where do I buy my tools, or what tools would I recommend for inking? I believe that whatever tool you use and feel comfortable with using is the way to go, but that is only my perspective.
Rather, this posting is about taking care of your tools. Specifically; nibs and brushes.
I keep my nibs cleaned consistently by soaking them in ammonia, which I keep next to my art table within arm's reach. It is a wonderful product that eliminates the buildup of excessive inks. I would not recommend it for brushes, as it is too harsh on the fibers. The amount of ink residue depends on the brand of ink you use: an ink such as Black Magic is mainly water based, so it will rinse out from brushes with minimal effort. Versus an ink such as Pebeo (which is more silicone based), which takes a bit longer to remove residue, but it will wipe away cleanly.
For brushes, I've found that a solution of water mixed with dish detergent works very well to remove ink buildup on brushes. Again....whatever works best for you. By making cleaning your tools a consistent habit, you will save a lot of money over time, because you won't need to buy as many brushes/nibs. The nibs that either warp or split after excessive use, or brushes that lose their finer points, all get rotated to other duties (ie; background textures, dry brush, etc).
Hope these tips helps! :)
I can now formally announce that I am re-teaming with stellar penciler Chris Batista on issue #9 of Justice League 3000, co-helmed by the master, Howard Porter.
This is a GREAT opportunity, as working with Chris is always a pleasure, as well as the chance to play with some twisted versions of well-known DC Comics characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc).
I am definitely looking forward to this as a fan as well as a contributor!
Sitting here, contemplating my next move. Being a freelance inker is very rewarding in most ways, but you rarely get a choice in deciding what you want to work on. My overall goal has been to work on a single title character book...something I can grow into with a penciler and flex my inking chops.
It's something that has been weighing heavily on my mind over the past few months. Either I will get lucky and land such a title with a publisher, or I may decide to take the plunge and do my own.