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Inking Comic Art in Illustrator
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Released Jan 1, 2013
Eddie Russell

Pluralsight

Eddie Russell
For the traditional artist, the digital world offers little that compares to the richness of inking your artwork with a brush or technical pen. In fact, most artists would instinctively reach for Photoshop to accomplish just such a task.

In this tutorial, we will learn that Illustrator offers a variety of tools that can quickly and easily give us great results. To start out, we will learn about the tools used for each of our three techniques. Then we will move into practical application of each inking technique on a variety of different types of artwork. After completing this course, you’ll be familiar with three different approaches to inking in Illustrator that can be applied to a variety of different types of artwork.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:59
Understanding the width tool
2

Understanding the width tool

 
11:45
Drawing paths for the Width Tool
3

Drawing paths for the Width Tool

 
09:47
Modifying our stroke using the Width Tool
4

Modifying our stroke using the Width Tool

 
11:23
Understanding the Pathfinder Panel and Shape Builder Tool
5

Understanding the Pathfinder Panel and Shape Builder Tool

 
12:22
Beginning to ink our artwork using shapes
6

Beginning to ink our artwork using shapes

 
11:39
Continuing to ink our artwork using shapes
7

Continuing to ink our artwork using shapes

 
13:00
Using the blob brush and the eraser tool
8

Using the blob brush and the eraser tool

 
13:27
Blocking in areas of shadow with the Blob Brush
9

Blocking in areas of shadow with the Blob Brush

 
12:32
Beginning to clean up and detail our inks
10

Beginning to clean up and detail our inks

 
11:35
Creating the illusion of soft edges in inked artwork
11

Creating the illusion of soft edges in inked artwork

 
10:15