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    Who, in your opinion, are the best contemporary inkers in comics? Who are the greats from the past who influence your current work?
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2013 edited
    Contemporary-wise (more or less), it's Kelley Jones. Completely fearless in his application of heavy black ink, master wrangler of negative space:

    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2013 edited
    Historically, it's gotta be George Klein, Curt Swan's inker at DC. His work is clean, clear, sharp and simple:

    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2013 edited
    Charles Burns. Inking God. Look at that fucking precision!

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    Jim Woodring
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    Yes, that's the kind of thing. More of that.
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    I don't know if I'd call it inking or more painting with black, but Ted McKeever's work over the last few years has been amazing.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2013
    Sean Murphy

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    I like the sketchiness of Taiyo Matsumoto's lines-
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    We may also be wandering away from "inking" and into "artist", though. How would these guys look inking someone else's work?
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    It seems to me that the inker who inks someone else's work is on the way out. Many comic artist today are inking their own work. Some even have such clean pencils that the are just digitally darkened. And then there are the increasing majority that do everything digitally.
    So to me a professional inker is someone who draws with ink on paper, whether they are doing it over their own work or someone else's.
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    It's true that there's more to inking comics than working over other people's pencils. Feel free to throw in the works of the great ink artists as well, but generally I'm interested in the traditional old-school inkers.
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    Brian Bolland. The man has the hands of a treasury engraver.

    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013 edited
    The guy I rip a good amount of my inking style off of is Andy Brase:


    Bigger, non-page-fucking version in his Deviantart profile here:
    (adding it with the link tag isn't working for some reason so just cut n paste. Sorry.)

    I know the spirit of the whole thread is more about people who ink other people's work but this guy does such good hand-inking on his own stuff I figured he deserved a spot anyway.
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2013 edited
    That Brase piece makes my colouring hand itch. Nice one!
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2013

    For my money, Wade Von Grawbadger inking Tony Harris on STARMAN was pure gold. That gold was also seen with Wade inking Stuart Immonen's work on NextWave and beyond.
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    Yeah, I remember Starman having beautiful inkwork.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2013
    Tony Harris sat for 15 minutes talking to me about how he custom mixed his inks to get the dark dark black on his STARMAN pages. He didn't actually tell me the formula, but when I tried a concoction of my own, the first one sucked and caked, and the second one was pure magic.
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    If I had to guess, I'd say he added diox violet to a Noodler's Black.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2013
    My concoction was Speedball Super Black and Japanese Zebra Brand ink, equal parts. Black as space, and smooth like silk on the brush.