Early this summer, I bought some brush pens and got really excited by them, which resulted in a lot of experimentation, trying to develop a slick, sophisticated style to use in stories like this Sachiko spin-off that’s underway. But since I’m usually terrified of cross-hatching and other traditional means of shading, I relied on a china marker for the midtones used throughout the current Sachiko story. I think it only works some of the time–it mostly just looks sloppy to me now.
In any case, after months of struggling with those brush pens, I decided to try inking with an actual brush this morning. It tends to be slower, but results in a lot more control and accuracy. I wanted to try drawing a particularly deranged, bedraggled Sachiko, and was really pleased with the results. I still love my brush pens for loose sketching, but man, nothing can beat the pinpoint precision of a good brush point! Check out the crazy detail I got in Sachi’s face!
Oh, and if you’re curious about the strange context of this drawing, one of my future Sachiko story ideas takes place during a flashback to her years in art school. Fun, right?
Despite my terror of conventional shading techniques, I decided to at least try some hatching with the brush. As much as I love the inkwashes that I use in Manta-Man, I don’t want to use them as a crutch. The drawing I did of the Oni isn’t perfect, but I think it was sort of a breakthrough for me in terms of old school inking techniques.
Basically, I want to draw like Joe Kubert. All the time. I went a little overboard with the hatching, but I think it could work. Not for Manta-Man specifically, but perhaps for future Sachiko spin-offs!