|Posted: 02 February 2007 at 8:40am | IP Logged | 4
For years, all I would use is a Windsor-Newton Series 7, No. 4...which is what I had read that Dick Giordano used. I consider, and still do, Giordano to be one of the best inkers in the business, and I had also read that Dick inked straight lines with his brush. So...I set out to buy those brushes and work with them until I produced results that to my young, impressionable mind, liked kinda like Giordano's brush line. I continued, for a long time, inking ONLY with a brush.
Then I meet Joe Kubert at a convention.
Joe reviewed my portfolio and show me some tricks and tips and whot not, and then drew me a picture of HAWKMAN...WITH A BALL POINT PEN! After seeing that I asked Joe, "What types of tools do you use when doing your artwork?". I had always thought that Joe was an ink only type of guy. Joe said, "Whatever gives me the line I'm looking for...brush, pen, marker, toothpick...never limit yourself, kid. Use everything."
I've followed that advice ever since.
I've also, since then, discovered that lots of artists use just about anything to get that "line" that they are looking for. The late, great Jeff MacNelly--editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, and creator of the comic strip SHOE--before he complete switched to doing it all digitally--used BALL POINT PENS in his artwork.
Bruce Timm, and the late Alex Toth, almost exclusively use markers in their artwork.
Sergio Aragones uses a Pelikan fountain pen.
P.S. For lettering, when I don't use the computer, I use a Speedball B-5 or B-6 for lettering. Charles Schulz used a C-5, I think, for his lettering (and his is among the best in the biz in my mind). Todd Klein uses Rapidographs for his handlettering.
Edited by Matthew Hansel on 02 February 2007 at 8:42am