Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Materials: inking

I haven't done any inking in quite some time. I have been thinking of getting back into it and as such I thought it might be a good time to post the materials I use.

Surface- Strathmore 300 series 2-ply smooth bristol board

Ink- Higgins T-100 Drafting Film Ink
Applicators-Continuing from left to right
Kaimei natural hair brush pen
Cirrus 220 designers' Kolinsky Sable brush from Winsor & Newton
#102 Crow Quill Nib and holder

Unfortunately both the Cirrus 220 brushes and the Higgins T-100 ink have been discontinued.
I really like the Higgins T-100 (especially if you let it evaporate a little), and have not been able to find a replacement I like. As far as the brush Kolinsky Sable series 7 brushes are great, but the reason I did not use this to start with is they are really expensive. So if anyone can recommend an affordable alternative to either of these let me know.


Tracy Flynn Art said...

I use the same paper on my inks, as well as W & N kolinski sables, but for me the ink that I use is Speedbal Super black India ink.Serious darks (black) and handles being thinned out well. No dyes and 100% carbon black pigment.

Unknown said...

I'd love to see a tutorial on your process, and/or process shots, showing the order you work in, when and why you use the different tools. I've played with a pen nib, but I don't think I have a clue how it's supposed to work. I greatly enjoyed your figure tutorial on conceptart, as well as your sketchbook and other threads - thanks for that! T Arthur Smith

sleahcim said...

That's weird, I just had out my T-100 ink and noticed it was a little low. Put it on a list to pick up next time I was in town and then run across this old post. That's a really bummer. I used to do a lot of illustration work, mainly airbrush, and the T-100 was the best ink on the market. The only thing that would stick properly to film. Now what am I going to do? You know how many different inks I tried before I found it? Oh well, the search begins again.

Regarding the Kolinsky, I would highly recommend Their prices are fantastic and the quality is as good as any other brush I've found.

Please let me know if you find a replacement for the T-100.