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Are you a raster inker or vector?

UberWastrelUberWastrel NYCRegistered User new member
edited May 2012 in Artist's Corner
Hey all,

I just wanted to know if guys ink use raster or vector? I've been using Manga Studio for my comic, but clean-up can be a pain. I've tried Illustrator but it looked too soulless to me.

Does anyone do vector but that still looks like traditional brush inking?

Here's a sample of my work.



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  • WaldFliegerWaldFlieger Registered User regular
    I actually used to use Manga Studio to ink and then converted the inks to vector in Flash. It loses some of the specific properties of the linework, so you have to be comfortable with how it converts. But Flash is a much more intuitive program than Illustrator, even if it's not really made for comics as such. Here's a page I colored in Flash after vectorizing the linework.

  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular

    This post would be better suited for the questions and tutorials thread. If you want to keep this thread here and get critique on your artwork, post it here (the actual artwork, several samples thereof, not just links)

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  • FANTOMASFANTOMAS Flan ArgentavisRegistered User regular
    Im always late on the "read the rules" posts, so, just like amateurhour said, post actual images of your work, so we dont have to go outside the forum page to check your art, its etiquette, not lazyness from us, a couple of clicks couldnt really hurt us.

    Having said that, I went and checked the link. I really like the urban landscapes, not so fond of the way you draw people. Im not very familiarized with vector drawing, but I would think that mantaining such level of detail and cleanliness with traditional inking would be pretty difficult, and would force you to work in pretty big pages, also might be... mighty time consuming. When I think of traditional inking, I dont necesarily go as far as Frank Miller, but I do imagine some 100% black areas, hatching, and other resources like such that I dont see in your comic. (wich are not a must but are really expressive)

    Having also said that, if you do have some traditional inking illustrations, Id like to see them (posted in this thread), since I like what I see in your comic, and if you dont have, you should certainly try it, even if it collides with your actual style, if for anything else just to explore the wonderful medium.

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