Now I've started trying to produce Transformers Universe style art in earnest I've been looking very closely at the line styles and inking in the original books, the IDW one and the new art that I think is it Kingoji? was doing, as well as the other digital art on here. I'm trying to replicate the style, pretty much learning vector art and brushes as I'm going and wondered if anyone could give me any pointers for brush types or settings that give a good finish? I've spent a while learning through tutorials and the like today, but I know there are a lot of very experienced people on here.
For a while I was looking for a way to recreate the broken/irregular style of the digital IDW lines, but then realised comparing those to the originals that they only look like that because of the scanning/cleanup process they've been through. The originals are smoother.
This is a sideways shift for me. I'm not an artist in the traditional sense, but a while back I spent a good few years as a 3D modeller/animator working in computer games. So I'm used to using photoshop to paint bitmap textures for models and environments, but comic style inking needs a different skill set. It's taking me a while to get my eye back in with the tablet it's been so long since I've done this.
I am still experimenting with this as time permits. I'm trying to get my hand used to drawing on the tablet again. It's hard getting the lines straight. Not the progress I'd hoped for my project, but I'm not giving up. I don't know what's happened really. I spent eight years of my life with a tablet pen in my hand for work, but having been out of that game for the last ten years I cannot get my hand to draw a straight line now.
To be honest, I enjoy inking digitally, but in recent years have been a bit more enamoured with traditional inking. With me, it has generally been the project, dictates the approach. For example - The Red Menace in ARK was entirely digital, but 300 Grams started off digital and it just didn't feel right, so I kept the layouts I did digitally and just moved to print.
Sometimes it can be an expedient, The Daily Straxus was traditional/digital/traditional/digital depending on timescales.