Category Archives: Inking

Ink King

When you’re in the creative zone, go a little nuts.What better way to practice inking than with an ink king?

“The Ink King” – India ink on watercolor paper.

#inktober (Inktober is a world-wide artist movement that promotes ink drawing during the month of October.)

Ink King

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man banging spoon on headWhen I was a little boy in summer camp my brother would bang on the table with his spoon. The head counselor would yell “Bang on your head Judowitz!”

It is only with age that I realize the full genius of his advice. Just another example of how adults do know best. Indeed most of life’s problems could easily be solved this way.

Spread the word and help save the world – one spoon banged head at a time.

spoonbang color

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Interactive Hanukkah – Chanukah Game for

Find Danny and Dina Chanukah Game

I had a great time creating this game. I created it for, the world’s most popular Jewish website which averages several million hits each month. Go to to play the interactive version and see a speed video of how it was created.

I am fortunate to have been able to collaborate with the exceptionally talented and dedicated people who run that website.

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Happy Chanukah to all!!!

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What types of tools do artists use for inking?

One way of creating a work of art is to use a strong line to help define the elements of the picture. Many artists do this is by using ink to outline and define the various elements. Inking is a huge subject and many full-length books are available on it. In  my work I have two approaches to inking; the first is inking with actual ink, and the second is digital inking. In this post I will talk about inking with real ink.

Take a look at this picture. It was done using the Pentel Pocket brush Pen.

If you look at the lines you can see that  they vary in thickness or weight. The variation gives the lines character and helps add depth to the picture. What’s the secret? Good tools.

These tools cover the basic options for inking manually.

1) The pencil on top is a light blue prismacolor col-erase pencil. These pencils are great for sketching before you ink. The blue doesn’t confuse you and it can be erased manually or digitally.

2) Grumbacher Goldenedge number 8: This is a really big brush for inking but it has a nice point and is good for large pictures. Most artists don’t use this size.

3) Winsdsor and Newton Series 7 #2: The king of all brushes. These brushes are made with hair known as Kolinsky brushes. They are very expensive.

4) Faber -Castle PITT pen brush tip: Many artists find this easier to use than a brush, but  find that the tips damage easily.

5) Prismacolor micron marker #5: Great for beginners, this marker is easy to handle. If you use size #8 you can get some line variation.

6)Pentel pocket pen: Just like a brush, but portable and easier to handle.

*Not pictured above are dip pens, another popular tool for inking. The picture below was done with a dip pen:

(The ink is Higgins Black Magic India ink- the brush cleaner is available on-line. It’s amazing stuff).

I use Bristol paper.

Bottom Line : For beginners I would recommend using the col- erase pencil on Bristol paper for the sketch and then inking in micron markers using #3 , #5, and #8. There are many brands; I like the prismacolor available at Michael’s. Use heavy lines for foreground and lighter lines for background to get some depth. More on technique in the next post.

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