How To Ink 2.0 Group Runthrough Week 1

  • Hi guys! This is where some of us are working through How To Ink 2.0 in the weeks running up to Inktober! There are 6 weeks to get through the meatier bits of the course, which gives us just enough time πŸ˜ƒ

    Everyone's welcome to participate, but in order to have access to the classes and homework you need an SVS subscription. It's worth it.

    Feel free to do digital or traditional. It's all good.

    This week.


    • Intro
    • Supplies and tools (unless you're goin' digital, though watching this section may give you some inspiration for some new digital brushes πŸ™‚ )
    • Strokes

    It's a lot of videos that are all fairly short.


    • Follow along in the 'strokes' series of videos and do what Jake does. That simple. By the end of it you'll have a few pages of strokes and hatching.

    Extra special inconsequential points (these point do NOTHING. Except that one thing. Don't worry about it.) earning homework:

    • Come up with a sheet of linework exercises that you can do every day. Then do them every day. I've been doing this for a year now. IT HAS HELPED IMMENSELY.

    Feel free to post comments/questions/homework and ask for feedback here!

    Good luck and have fun! I'm sure after this we'll all be ready for inktober πŸ˜ƒ


  • Tagged everyone from the first thread. If I missed someone, I'm sorry πŸ™‚ . I'll post each week's thread on Sundays!

  • awesome @Braden-Hallett thankyou so much! Excited!

  • Nice work very excited

  • @Braden-Hallett i should really do those pen strokes more often.

  • @Braden-Hallett Thanks Braden

  • @Braden-Hallett thanks Braden!

  • @Braden-Hallett Great. Thanks

  • Just for giggles, this is what my daily sheet of lines look like right now. I'm hopin' to add some hatching exercises and more curves at the end of this week's lesson.


    And here's what it started out as just under two years ago :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_cold_sweat:


    I'll be interested to see what others do for their daily line sheets if they feel up for it πŸ™‚

  • Great progress! That's inspiring. I hope to get better with my lines one day.

  • So i was looking at so about 20 brushes from kyle in photoshop and I chose these 4. I never inked so who knows, but for the beginning, I will try them. The 2. and 3. are very similar, the 3. has some very fine watercolor edge when zoomed in.

  • @Braden-Hallett wow. You have a very good control on your line varience.
    Both sheets look like done traditionally. You brush making skill is super too πŸ™‚

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    To make it a little more interesting I copied a random page from one of our old coloring books and filled in the spaces with my practice lines. This brought back some old memories of me trying to get the most out of my precious Pentel color pens. Instead of coloring in swaths and patches like the other kids I would draw one line after another as close together as I could without overlapping or making spaces. I was inadvertently teaching myself muscle control by being conservative. Lol.Those pens were a true treasure.
    May the ink be with you. 😜

  • @xin-li sadly (not sadly?) it's all digital πŸ™‚

  • And it begins! I haven’t really used my brush pens much since last year’s Inktober so this is a nice refresher. I also feel much more confident with the strokes already than I did last year which shows some of the other pen control work has carried over. Still lots to improve on though so this next 6 weeks should be awesome.

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  • @Braden-Hallett you're always good to start a group class-along here. And I'm tempted. I've been over in a different forum taking a few classes this summer (comics/storywriting) but they're wrapping up. I've been working on a 3 page comic strip-and boy but my inking could use some assistance.

    If I do-it will be digital, on my Procreate. As usual, I'm searching for the "right" brush.

    I'm using The Fading Edge-from Georg's megapack. It doesn't have quite as much pressure sensitivity as I want so I'm playing with the settings.

    I'd love to hear from other digital inkers--what you're finding to work well.

  • @burvantill said in How To Ink 2.0 Group Runthrough Week 1:

    I copied a random page from one of our old coloring books and filled in the spaces with my practice lines.

    That's a really good idea! Cheap and easy to find and print out, too πŸ™‚

  • @Bricz-Art Nice! You've got some great consistency goin' on there! Are you using a brush pen?

  • Wow, I am really shaky with a digital brush pen. I guess I really do need to practice. 7121f1a6-ae69-4fb5-9af4-cfb0f849b82b-image.png
    I especially struggle with varying the weight of the line. Also, I did a self-portrait. (haha! I wish!)

  • Thanks @Braden-Hallett
    Today was a Copic multiliner that I haven’t had a chance to play around with yet. I plan to bounce back and forth between it and a couple brush pens I have to work on building proficiency with both.

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