Thanks for the heads up!
So back in '98 this guy named Gary McKee GAVE me one of his inking brushes to try out and get a feel for brush inking. Sad to say I still ink with nib because I could never quite get the control of the brush down when it came it fine lines. Well, that one brush has lasted me since then and I rarely would use anything else...a few years back my budy was goofy around and broke the brush it half like he was playing "pencil break". It was such a good brush I taped it back togehter and have been using it ever since. well it's 7 years later and now the tip is starting to fray just a bit...I can still use it but I felt it was time to purchase a new one. I went to the web site to order it and when I called to place my order I was expecting $19.50 + shipping. When the operator told me the total I was SHOCKED!!! She said the total comes out to $16.50 (after shipping). Turns out if you call them dirct and order you get a 40% discount from list price...everytime!
THought I would call and give props to tis awesome company. If you want to try the brush out I would strongly recomment it...especially if you're new to inking. Some of you vets may be happy with your brush that you're using now...but if you ever think about trying something else here it is....
Scharff Series 3000 (size 2) That's the one I purchased.
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I've been slowly getting used to using a brush tip by using Japanese brush pens (not sumi-e pens, but rather like markers with a flexible brush tip).
What I'd like to know is, how firm are the bristles on most tradtional brushes? How fine are the fibers, and can they match a synthetic tip? And how do you clean them without damaging the fragile bristles?
Recently I bought a copy of Walt Kelly's Prehysterical Pogo (in Pandemonia), circa 1967, which showcases some of Kelly's most brilliant brush work. All of his illustrations are brilliant, really... and he used brushes almost exclusively. The results are really quite amazing, and it's no wonder that he became the primary influence of guys like Jeff Smith.
As long as it's real hair on the brush shampoo and conditioner will clean it fine. Hang the brush, tip down or ink will settle into the area that the hairs are glued or crimped in and ruin the brush by clogging and seperating the bristles. Then you have a good flicking brush. Synthetics suck. They get hard and chemicals in paint can ruin them. Buy yourself a good number 2 round brush.
i just use 2.00$ bruses from michaels. but then again i suck so its stupid for me to buy really nice shiz.
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DickBlick has a few great offers on bulk brush purchases like the one I have linked to. 120 brush's in different sizes and only 62 bucks. Gas to go to Michaels will run you more than that.
Best brushes I can recommend are the Kolinsky Red Sable 8404 series Raphael brushes, #2 and #3s. These are professional grade brushes that are the best for comic book inking purposes. If you take care of them, they'll last a good long time too. I swear by them:
i've been using the scharff series 3000 for over a year now. They are awesome and as you say, the price is the best. I use a #3, cuz I like em a little big and I can still get the thin thin lines really easy with it.
also, Tim Townsend uses this brush so, there was the selling factor for me.
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