(all images by Justine)
Are you terrified of traditional inking tools and techniques?
Are you so intimidated by traditional inking that you have given up and resorted to markers, brush pens and computer "inking?"
Have you ever wondered how the work of the great inkers never seem to look messy or ugly?
Have you ever felt defeated enough to say, "I could never do that."?
None of the masters of classic inking were born being able to ink clean and expressive pages—I know because I learned from them. To teach this magnificent art, I’ve put together visually rich lectures, demos, and tested exercises, so that you too can master inking with a brush and other traditional tools.
This class is based on five years of teaching in person classes at the Sequential Artists Workshop. The class will break down inking into manageable chunks. You’ll learn techniques, tricks, and methods that will give you the confidence and control to get in there and ink with real brushes and real ink on real paper!
In particular, I know how to help you if you’ve...
...Ever wondered why your inks look like holy hell, sloppy and ham-fisted?
...Ever been terrified of bringing a brush to your page for fear of ruining the pencils you worked so hard on?
...Ever felt overwhelmed just by holding a brush.
If that’s you, don’t worry. I’ll show you how to get over the fear of the brush and start inking like a pro!
INKING MASTER CLASS 1 of 2: LEARN IT!
In our Inking Master Class 1, you will learn how to handle the tools of traditional inking focusing on the most versatile tool—your brush. Justine will teach you how to bring clarity to your drawings by making conscious choices about light and shadow, texture, and tone. Through her demos, lectures, and at-home projects, you’ll let go of bad habits that muddy up your pages.
What makes classic inking and inkers great is not a superpower. Great inking comes with practice, know-how, discipline, patience. It comes from the confidence of knowing that what you are doing and how light, shadow, and texture work—and Justine’s class can give you that confidence.
To help you on your journey, Justine has prepared:
• Image-rich lectures that back up the importance of looking at great inking, and finally recognizing the beauty of line, and realizing the language of line used by the Masters.
• Visual demos describing how the brush is held, demos that will clearly demonstrate why the small things matter, and how inking is a full-body experience!
• This class offers specific projects and worksheets that will help you focus on the lessons you have just learned so that you are not only seeing, but actively doing.
• There will be others in the class, so you will have access to an online community of students who you will be able to reach out to and share your work with, and, Justine will stop in and give frequent incisive pointers. And yet the class has been designed so that each student will be able to compare and contrast their progress against their own work rather than against the work of other students.
• For an additional charge, you can have a one-on-one session with Justine.
Inking Master Class 1 of 2 will show you how to tell lines that say something from lines that just sit there.
Justine’s inking classes have been the highlight of the SAW experience for many of her students.
So, congratulations! At last, you know exactly where to begin!
Justine and all the teachers at SAW are working artists who not only know how to do what they teach, but how to teach what they do. In this class, Justine will be sharing with you her years of experience and expertise that has been celebrated by artists like Jim Steranko, Frank Thorne, and Jeff Jones.
By the end of this class you, too, will have begun to control your brush and your lines with greater confidence, and inking will have become something you enjoy rather than something you dread.
Justine's lectures and critiques balance universal techniques with highly personalized advice. Over the course of this class you will learn to see more clearly and master disciplines in ways that will carry over into your daily life. The discipline and knowledge you gain will carry through to whatever classes you take or images you make, and surprisingly, into other areas of your life!
And in the end the classes you take are equal to the art you'll make.
- Line Quality 2 - The Great Illustrators Intro.
- Line Quality 2 - Presentation - The Great Illustrators
- Line Quality Video 1: Simple Lines and Lines in Rhythm
- Line Quality Video 2: The Wild Turkey: Bolder, Looser Lines.
- Line Quality Video 3: Longer Lines and Loose Lines
- Homework - Worksheet 2
- Worksheet 2 PDF
Justine Mara Andersen
Drawing and Inking Maven
About the instructor
Hey, I'm Justine, and I've been with SAW from the beginning. Before SAW I was a veteran pro... but before that, I, presumably, like you, had no idea where to begin. I had ambition, hunger, desire, but no focus, no discipline, no chops, and worse, no mentors. I knew what I wanted, but I also knew how lousy I was and how little I knew, and worse, that no one at college was qualified to help me learn what I really needed to know. The worst part was, I was so ignorant when it came not only to art, but to comics, that I was drowning in my own naivete. I didn't know where to begin...
Then I met my mentors, P. Craig Russell, Val Mayerik, Dan Adkins, Jim Steranko, Frank Thorne, John Workman, and Jeff Jones. At first it was brutal, I was immediately confronted with the shameful realization that I didn't know a damn thing bout drawing, nor about comics, and I suddenly felt an urgent need to get it together and get down to the hard work of learning the hard stuff, of learning the discipline of setting aside the fun stuff to focus on fundamentals.
Then, for decades, I worked 60 hours a week, I made a lot of sacrifices, and did every damn thing my mentors told me to do. In that time, I completed 4 published graphic novels for Fantagraphics, inked for DC Comics, Image Comics, and created hundreds of illustrations for WOTC/Dungeons & Dragons, as well as for Lucasfilm, and countless more images for numerous clients in a wide range of projects from ballet stage design to animation.
It's my philosophy that most of my students have set the bar too low for themselves, that they have no idea just how good and how BIG they can become as artists, if only they make wise conscious choices.
What I excel at is saving my students time and suffering. I learned it the hard way so my students don't have to. Of all the gifts I have, perhaps the one I am most proud of is my ability to take complicated concepts and distill them into something I can pass along to my students. My students not only learn from my successes, but my failures, and if you learn from me, you are not only learning from me, but you will be learning all my mentors taught me.
Through me, they and my own life lessons will all be teaching you together, and not just how to draw good comics, but about how to prioritize, set achievable goals, and how to avoid temptation and learn the discipline it takes to become great rather than merely good.
Her website is barefootjustine.com
What others have been saying about this course:
Feeling great about inking
This class helped me think about inking and line work in a whole different way. I used to be really afraid of inking my pencils, but now my inks look even better than my pencil work because I'm more comfortable with inking. It's awesome!
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