Inking with Justine: Ink Like the Masters
Working your way from literacy to mastery.
Chester Gould, Hal Foster, Charles Schulz, Walt Kelly, Winsor McCay, Neal Adams, Bill Watterson and more
I had to learn the languages of these master ink artists. Now I can teach it to you.
You'll look at all these artists' language of line, and start to understand WHY they made the decisions they did, and how they used.
Let's have some fun and study some great work in-depth, and try to mimic what we see. We'll look at dozens of deep examples and try our own examples.
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Inking Community Link
A Reminder of Your Tools Video
Review And Looking Deeper Into Mastery 1 of 2
Review And Looking Deeper Into Mastery 2 of 2
Line Practice Printable PDF
Review Worksheet 1 PDF
Review Worksheet 2 PDF
Aping The Masters... Or What I Learned On The CRA Project 1
Aping The Masters Video 1
CRA Copying the Masters Video
Heavy Line-Weight Variation Vs. Light Line-Weight Variation
Homework Light Line-Weight Variation
CRA, Aping The Masters Inks
CRA Annual Report Complete Color PDF
CRA Complete High Resolution Inks
Aping The Masters Homework
“Next to finally getting to grips with using the Windsor-Newton, I have seen a huge improvement in my inking, and I am really enjoying exploring it more, studying the line art of master artists... It changed how I draw, how I look at inking, trying to design each line as a beautiful stroke. This has been a big game-changer/life-changer for me, Justine, THANK YOU!”
“This class got me thinking about things like texture, spotting blacks, visual storytelling and composition in ways I never have before and if these drawings are successful I truly owe a lot of that success to you and these classes... I feel creatively energized, like I'm armed with a box of new tools to make my ideas come to life on a blank page and I can't thank you enough Miss Justine. ”
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.
My website is barefootjustine.com
Drawing and Inking Mavenbarefoot.firstname.lastname@example.org
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