[Inking] can help control a story's mood, pace, and readability. A good inker can salvage shaky pencils — while a bad one can obliterate great draftsmanship and/or muddy good storytellingIt enhances weight, depth, shadow, light, textures, and general awesomeness.
And I'm rotten at it.
Here's a recent example.
I started with a digital pencil drawing of a snake.
Now let's add some digital ink:
Time to try again.
I added some dimensional details to the pencil pic. I even added crude ball and shadow as a reference:
It's a bit better, but something's still wrong. He's still flat and flabby.
I tried a third time:
Grrr.... I can't pinpoint exactly what's wrong, but it's like someone put the pencil drawing in a bag and worked it with a claw hammer, pounding out all rhythm and whimsy.
Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? This is driving me batty!