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Steve Graves by KateKaz Steve Graves by KateKaz
Commission for :iconbryanlouie: of his character, the dashing Steve Graves!



India ink on Bristol board, fall 2011



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blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Most incredible inks ever. Please make tutorial.
On advanced concepts, though, if you do. Already too many on the basics. :/
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Glad you like! I used to do a lot of demos when I was still a graduate student, but I've never really thought of doing a tutorial before...advanced inking concepts are sort of hard to pin down since a lot of it is based on personal preferences and experimentation. Basically, I practice mark-making A LOT and I try not to be afraid of brushes--brushes are our friends and even when we accidentally mess up our work using them, they are amicable tools for fixing those self-same errors. Basically, inking comfortably and creatively requires confidence as well as a certain amount of adaptability. Both of which will come only with time and a heck of a lot of practice :)
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blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I think the toughest part is deciding where NOT to lay ink down. I love the white on black you did here.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Figuring out black and white balance can actually be pretty easy and fun!

Option uno: Slap some tracing paper on top of your thumbnail or your pencils (the stage of the artwork itself is really not going to matter much at this point--I find it's often easier to see the solid shapes of light and dark if you're working with a simpler image such as thumnails) and then use a permanent marker or some other such fat black permanent drawing device to go nuts on the tracing paper over your drawing. The point is to see light and dark as shapes so that you can judge how well they are balanced with one another. If your first go doesn't look swell then just move the tracing paper and try again

Option dos: Scan your art and use Photoshop or some other program as your tracing paper. This way you can pile multiple layers of tests on top and weigh your options after having multiple goes.

Both of these you can literally do as many times as you want until you get the layout that you want. Not only is this effective planning for the finished piece, but it will also help you to get more comfortable with the placement of your lights and darks. Your compositions will be better for it--so will the balance of your finished works :)


For examples of how I do it, check out the last image in this here blog entry: [link]
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Nafah Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love your line work!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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SurlyQueen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Zomg. That owl thing is awesome!

Great inks, too, as always ^_^
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!!
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Gorgonzola Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
God damn that's some fine dry brush work. I can never get it to turn out that nicely.
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been working with only brush for YEARS now...glad its finally showing :)
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TheWoodenKing Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
very nice, love that owl!
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KateKaz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thanks!
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TheWoodenKing Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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Dr-pepper14 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
cool,
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