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    First time I've tried to ink someone else's work. Also first time I've inked with an actual brush, so I've definitely got room to improve. My line really could use some work particularly on long curves like the belt and collar. Any other crits would be great as I enjoyed doing this and would like to ink more. Thanks for checking it out.

    This was all done with a Windsor and Newton Series 7 #2, on a 11x14 bristol. Pencils by Casey Jones.

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  • #2
    Pretty solid for your first shot with a brush.

    Compared to the pencils you can spot some of the areas you had trouble with. Particularly his sash. Even I fight with those long controlled strokes - so somebody with better brush chops may have advice to offer.

    Somebody here once suggested holding your breath while inking long strokes IIRC.

    The finished piece reminds me of P. Craig Russell or pre-photo reference Quesada.
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    • #3
      For those long brush strokes, practice before hand on some spare bristol. Make sure you use your whole arm, it's pretty hard, but it's easier than wavy lines. Plant your elbow at the center of the arc and swing your forearm out in a slow and controlled motion, practice making a bunch of lines like this, it will pay dividends later!
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      • #4
        Thank you for the tips guys. The brush was a pain in the butt! I definitely need to work on locking my wrist and using the full range of motion from my elbow. Also getting the right amount of ink on the brush is something I can only imagine will come with time. Some of the lines I would go to lay down and it would just be wayy thicker than I wanted.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by CM_Cooza View Post
          Also getting the right amount of ink on the brush is something I can only imagine will come with time. Some of the lines I would go to lay down and it would just be wayy thicker than I wanted.
          Don't be afraid to keep a scrap paper (take a few passes on it to get the ink off), or paper towel handy to get the brush to the right wetness for you.
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          • #6
            Some good exercises that work well: draw straight lines across a paper with pencil, then draw some curves, and then some wavy lines. Using your whole arm, try to get a consistent line weight with the brush while tracing these lines. IF you want them to be thinner, I like dipping half of the brush in ink once, then pull it against the edge of your container to get rid of excess, you'll be able to get much thinner lines without the chance of having blobs or whatever. Experiment with how much of the brush you dip into the ink and draw circles also, you've got to build up that muscle memory and you'll get there faster by doing exercises like this as often as you can. Good luck!
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            • #7
              looks good and you've gotten some good crits already but what i would say is try maybe practicing on less finished pencils. find some pencils that let you throw some of your own thoughts on to the page!
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