Amin Amat demonstrating a few inking tips
This posting is bit belated. Last week Amin Amat, who’s done a more classic style pencilling and inking for some independent comics showed a few tricks. Essentially within a couple hours he pencilled and inked a simplified page putting me to shame, so it was good to know that:
- Japantown has the best brush pens.
- He uses a couple different nibs but buys dozens at a time (I also just ruin mine quickly).
- How to tell if a bristle of a brush will make a pointed tip (involves spitting-quietly-at the store).
- how to speckle inked paper using frisket (athletic tips).
It was inspiring as I’m prepping to do some inking of sample pages for the anthology on traveling.
So my moniker ‘kkoktu arcade' will be tabling at the LAZINEFEST!!
For better or worse I’m sandwiched up at the opening with a few other unknowns inbetween the likes of Fantagraphics, Press Gang (Study Group, Floating World, Family Style) , and Yam Books (Rina sells Renee French book among others). Some guy with no website on one side of me and Sam Alden on the other. :o!!! While this is exciting it’s also kinda intimidating with my couple mini’s and all. It’s like Ive been upgraded to sell liquor at a comedy club.
Well lets play.
I’ve been warned of dangers of spec work, however, in applying for a job perhaps it wasnt unusual for a ‘test’.
So here’s a lesson: Applyed to a place on craigslist that wanted entry level artists to apply for tutorials for fast paced work etc. They emailed those of us that managed to make it to the out of the way suburb a “test”—5 pictures related to Lincoln. To be honest I never did historical pics before and was selling my website to them etc. After the test (idea of only one-two hours on each pic) the coordinator emailed me and said”
Your style is JUST what we’re looking for…if you could revise these pics just so and re-submit in a few days
I was really busy but spend time cleaning the pics up, revising and resubmitting. Today I just got the email:
Unfortunately your style is not what we are looking for…good luck!
Whaaa? Actually Im disappointed but somehow I began realizing this was a lot of work for no sureness in a gig. Okay, good lesson but here’s the deal…I was already using some pics as on a ‘graphic design/illustration for educational sector’ brochure I was sending out to potential employers with some positive response so it’s not a total waste. But good lesson and to be honest…How f*cking rude!!