I'd really like to get into inking, but I've never tried inking comics before. A conundrum indeed! So I would really appreciate any feedback.
This is from Sean Ellery's site and is by Kareem Ahmed.
I showed this to my partner under the old addage that if your family and friends don't think it's good, no one else probably will He pointed out that the feathering in particular, amongst everything else, was poor. But I'm not sure how to correct this.
Hi Crunchy, and welcome to the Inkwell. To be blunt, your partner is right and wrong the feathering is poor, but then you are not feathering, you are placing dead-weight lines, in fact, with few exceptions, you are using entirely dead-weight lines. The purpose of feathering is to create a gradation of white space to black (or black space to white). A feathered line should start at the white and grow until meeting up with the next feathered line (and on and on...) becomes black. the taper of either end should be used to describe the form. The Negative side of the feather should also feather, ie the white starts from a sharp point getting larger until meeting up with the next white taper (and on and on...)becomes a white space. It might help to think of the feathering as triangles rather than lines. Unless I an mistaken you are inking this image with a pen, something like a micron or copic, a fixed width marker, Correct? Take a look at this image by Tim Townsend, specifically look at the hair fc04.deviantart.net/fs41/f/2009/036/a/1/Uncanny_XMen_cover_by_TimTownsend.jpg That's what you are looking for.