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Jeff Graham
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
An indie comic book inker in his spare time, providing pinups, sequentials and commissions.

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Hey all,

As always, thanks for all the looks, comments, favs, llamas, etc., etc.; it is all quite appreciated!

Down to business:

For anyone whom has used, wants to use, is going to use or has thought about using KICKSTARTER to get their book off the ground, I am curious to know what are the most popular rewards?

What do people like the most in the rewards?  Are they looking just for the book, do they like prints, original art?

I am in the process of putting together a Kickstarter Campaign for a book of mine, penciled by MoonLunatik , and I'd like to know what everyone would like to see as rewards.

So, comment below!!

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Kristherion Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy New Year 2017, Jeff! :D
JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same to you :)
EnemyoftheSteak Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi - you've got some awesome inks here, what do you recommend doing to get better at inking? Generally so far I look at artworks and try to copy the style
JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello and thank you.

As for recommendations on inking:

1.) Don't "copy" a style; inking isn't about style.  It's about turning a 2D image into a 3D image, and a penciled piece of art into a finished black and white image.  Seeing how various inkers approach certain aspects, or how they perform a technique is fine, that's learning.  Copying a style doesn't teach you anything.

2.) Learn the "why" about inking; learn why you use broad strokes or light strokes. How depth affects inking. Where to use techniques like "dry brush" or splatter.  There is a why to all of it.  There is a thought process that should go into every piece; what the main image/centre of the piece is, how to pull that forward without losing any other details, and make a cohesive image that makes the penciled piece "fuller" or "complete".

3.)  Have fun learning; anyone can trace a line.  It's in #2 that makes the difference between an inker and a tracer.  Learning about the craft, stuff like the principles of art, etc. really do help.  There needs to be a foundation of understanding before you can just lay brush/nib/pen to paper.  Read, study other pieces to understand the reasons for doing what was done. 

And once you've exhausted all that, practice.  Find pieces that you feel suit your level; start fairly simple (cartoony) and work your way up to the extremely detailed pencilers.  Even by just practicing you will be able to see mistakes you make in a piece; how you lost something in the foreground cuz it wasn't bold enough, or how your central character is lost amidst the background.

Hope that helps!


EnemyoftheSteak Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It does, thanks! So I should find pencil artwork I like and then ink it? 
JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always easier to work on something that appeals to you; just keep in mind, if you're not challenging yourself, you're not learning anything new.

I started easy; stuff I liked, fairly straightforward pieces, slightly cartoony (so not a lot of detail) and progressed from there.

If you can learn how an inker performs a certain technique, find a piece that has a spot in it where you can practice this technique; or if you want, just get blank paper and practice away.

And I should add, make sure you've got permission from the penciler prior to inking a piece.  When looking for samples, I was in the habit of asking all the artists of the pieces I wished to attempt.  And, after permission and you're done the piece, if posting, make sure you credit all the artists involved as well.  Inking is being part of a team, so we need to treat our team members with the utmost respect.

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MagnusCarnage Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
You do some amazing stuff my man, keep it up!
JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man; much appreciated :)
bluebox1 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional Writer
Hey, I read that you do commissions.  I'm interested in like how much you would charge for full background,  1 to 2 character just pencil 11x17, and how much would you charge for full background 1 to 2 character inked 11x17?


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