This is the inked version of the drawing from yesterday. As always, there are things that are better in the inks than they were in the pencils and there are things that are lost in the transition. My first thought when I look at this here is to ask myself why I didn’t ink the felinoid’s nose a solid black. My second is to promise myself not to ink the final version of this comic with a single pen– these are definitely designs that will benefit from primary inking with a strong outline (either with a large pen or a brush), then a second pass with a small pen like the one I used here to add all the crazy fills. Not that that inking pattern is anything unusual for me, but it’s good to have a plan.
I didn’t really add a lot of content when I inked this. That’s a sure sign that the pencils were a strong drawing that made all the essential choices. The biggest change was to the Wizard’s boots. I’ve always had a weird love/hate relationship with Dr. Strange’s elbow length orange opera gloves with the spots on them– on one hand they are great looking, on the other they are just a creepy and stupid. In tribute to that rather wacky design element, my wizard wears boots with orange spotted tops, and sensible black leather gloves he can easily take off or switch with disposables when he’s working in the lab. (These are the kind of things one thinks about when designing wizards.) Otherwise, I punched up the differences between the two feather quills, and added a texture to Mrs. Shuttle’s suit. It’s supposed to be brocade or one of those Chinese silks with a design woven into it, but the all purpose magical spiral fill works pretty well to suggest that kind of thing without adding too much data. The stripes on the felinoid’s coat offer much the same challenge, and I will have to be careful how much shading I add. I don’t want my comic to get fiddly, busy or muddy.