Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Wed, 05 Apr 2017
Mixed thoughts on the inking of this final illustration.
I love the beard of my friend Aaron’s face at the bottom, which works because I inked in white over the top of the black ink. I’m not so happy with the shading on the face, which looks a bit forced and artificial. When you do shading lines like that in thick ink, the curves have got to be pretty much perfect or it looks crap. Someone like Brian Bolland can do it, but if you fall short it doesn’t really work, and I think I fell short here, particularly on the lips and above the eyes.
I was very happy with Earl’s Court, but less happy with Battersea Power Station. Again, it’s those pesky curves. They’ve got to be absolutely spot on or they ruin the illusion, and some of the brush strokes on the sides of the building are a bit wonky, throwing it off a bit.
The far background detail I was very happy with, even though it sort of blurred together. I thought you’d start to see fine details if you stared long enough, which was an effect I intended. I hoped readers might keep flicking back to the illustration as they read through the chapter.
Click the 'Predecessor post' link below to see the pencil version.
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