+$As an artist at a game studio I’ve forgotten most traditional mediums, but ink always calls back to me. After a day of staring into monitors, I want nothing more than to sit down with my sketchbook. In this tutorial, I'll walk through how to ink a character with confidence – in this case, a moody warrior. Don't have the right tools already? Take a look at our guide to the+$best Pens周围。
+$I believe any artist looking to learn how to draw people or mythical creatures and environments grounded in reality should put in the hours to study from life. I usually carry around aMoleskine写生集+$for drawing on the go. Constantly absorbing information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, adds to your ever-growing visual library.
+$I work pretty organically in pen and ink. There will be no grids, no measurements – I like to let the drawings breathe a bit. For a medium as permanent as ink, I find it helps to not get too married to the pencil drawing. (See our+$best Pencils Here+$to get stocked up on materials.) Instead, I set important landmarks, lock down a strong gesture, and dial in on things I’m not as confident at, such as fingers and legs. Once I’m hopeful that the final piece could be cool, I switch out the pencil for the pen.
+$Click on the icon at the top of each image to enlarge it.
我单独给自己做笔记，所以事情不会太混乱。我记下了我想要包含的细节，以使这个人物感觉像个人 - 这里，爪子项链，披肩上的流苏和伤疤。这些大多巩固了我最后的想法，所以我不会花太多时间在我的最终论文上擦除。
+$From the thumbnail I start sketching out the final image with a 2H pencil so that the image remains light for best inking conditions. For this piece I’m using+$Strathmore 9x12 Bristol pad+$. At this stage, I’m just making sure all the major elements are in the correct position before I start narrowing in on details.
+$The last step before I move into ink is to plan out where I want to add shadows using Xs where any areas of solid black will sit. I take into consideration where I want to lead the viewer's eye – it's a good idea to create a lot of contrast around any focal points such as the face, hands and sword.
+$Take a shot of whiskey, because there’s no second guessing yourself here: It's time to start inking. For this piece, I'm starting with a variety of+$Pilot Hi-Tec-C+$ink pens. If something can be done with one stroke, never use two – too often I see an artist who’s new to ink use 10 strokes with what can be accomplished with one. Practise the route in the air above your art, and then execute perfectly.
+$With a brush pen (I'm using one by+$Pentel+$), I start filling in large spots and hitting small dabs of ink in areas that I identify won’t receive light in a manner similar to ambient occlusion on a 3D model. These shadows start to give weight and dimension to the character, and help pop him out.
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有了+$Molotow+$white paint pen, I can pick out details such as stray hairs from spots previously covered in black. I use this technique sparingly to keep the surface of the piece as clean as possible, while also providing a nice, finished look. I can also use the pen to fix minor accidents.
+$After scanning, I make a few minor tweaks in Photoshop (在这里获取Adobe Creative Cloud+$) and mask out the character from the negative space using the Magic Wand tool. I contract the selection by a few pixels and fill it with white, then on a separate layer, fill the background with a bold red to finish it off.