Monday, September 27, 2010

Paul Pope's Inking Demo at Comic-Con

One of the highlights at SDCC for me was the inking demo that Paul Pope gave for the CBLDF. Pope inked the skull of Yorick from Hamlet for the demo. The process really came together for me when Pope added the shadow of the skull on the fingers of the hand holding it, establishing the relation of the hand and the skull in a 3d space.

Some of my notes from the demo:
-Pope uses Koh-i-norr & Sumi ink, and a ceramic dish to hold the ink when working.
-For Paper, Pope uses Strathmore Hot press 2-ply, or cold press for an "old masters" effect.
-Pope uses a variety of brushes for inking, including Windsor Newton Series 7 & the University Series.
-Fill in large black areas with a small sponge to save time.
-Don't store your brushes in the jar point-down.
-When inking with a caligraphy brush, plant your pinky on the paper to steady your hand.
-He uses Masters Brush Cleaner for cleaning brushes.
-Pope likes to "activate" his brush before use by allowing the ink to soak into the bristles for a few minutes.
-He likes to watch episodes of the Outer Limits for lighting ideas.

Check out some video clips of the demo from around the web:

Paul Pope talks about inking (part 1) from Christine Rhee on Vimeo.

Paul Pope talks about inking (part 2) from Christine Rhee on Vimeo.

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