So first off, I am not an artist. I am a guy who can kinda-sorta draw if he needs to. Wanna get that out of the way.
I'm working on a mixed-media project that includes a few comic strips. I have them penciled and I want to ink them and scan them and touch them up with Photoshop and insert them into a Word file. Here are a couple of samples of what I'm doing, just so you can see what I'm working with. The finished products will be black and white, maybe some gray-scale. No color. These are semi-crappy scans of pencil sketches but they should show you what I'm going for:Sample one.Sample two.
Anyway, the problem is that I know dick about inking. Part and parcel with that whole "I am not an artist" thing. My goal is to make these look more-or-less professional and competent looking. They need to look nice, but I am not looking to win awards or get acclaim for my mad drawing or inking skills. I want to not be embarrassed. I am not above tweaking the hell out of things in Photoshop to make up for any short-comings in the inking.
My goal is to get a polished looking product with a minimum of work. My question: how do I do that? What tools should I get? Pens or brushes or what? What resources should I used to learn proper technique? Given the choice between mastering a technique the proper way in 5 hours or faking it well for this one project in 4, I would choose the latter. That said, I don't want shitty-looking results. I'm willing to put in the time to make this look good, I just want to minimize that time where possible.
(Also, the actual content of the comics is not set in stone and there will be edits and art tweaks, but I'm not really looking for critique of my comic-writing skills at this time.)
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