Here’s another character from my doodles of last Sunday night, turned into a finished painting. I tried an experiment that was suggested to me by my mentor today — inking direct on the light-table from a sketch onto a new piece of paper. I’m currently sketching the graphic novel on cartridge paper (kind of like regular bond paper), planning to transfer the messy sketches in pencil more cleanly to the watermedia paper I plan to use. However, I wasn’t looking forward to all that tracing, then inking, then erasing the pencil lines for 64 pages. The suggestion was to ink directly from the sketch, as seen through the light table onto the watercolour paper. This made me a bit nervous to contemplate, but it certainly would be a huge time saver if it worked!
So I tried it with this little guy — I had to scan the tiny sketch and blow it up to print, but it worked very well. I was able to do minor editing over the copied sketch beneath my working paper, just as I would if I had traced it in pencil first. And look, no erasing! I’m sold.
Here’s the little sketch I worked from:
I’m so happy to have learned this, and had a successful experiment — it will save me hours and hours and hours!