This is a response to Sharon Souter who mentioned she'd like to see some inking examples that I considered to be suitable for comic art. These are a couple of items from my portfolio that I think match that criteria. As you can see the line work is quite bold, bolder than is probably necessary with today's improved reprographics but I like the style that arose through the strictures imposed by reproduction methods, so i tend to stick with this kind of line weight, if i'm thinking comics. I think today, an artist has much more latitude if they want a finer line weight or they can even go into, fine halftone rather those coarse mechanical tints applied in the past.
These scans have been prepared for repo but it really would be more useful to Sharon to show some photos of the unprepared artwork too, so I may update this post when I can dig them out and snap them.
This drawing is about 80% of original size on my monitor, it complements the other one nicely because it's executed in pen on drafting film. As you can see the character of the line work is much more vigorous, there's lots of scratching about, I don't like
hatching, so much of my pen work tends to more spontaneous than the brush stuff, with less penciling in of where I'm going to but my strokes. As I mentioned, pen dries slower (a lot slower on drafting film) on all surfaces but the upside is that it needs less retouching, there's a more consistent film of ink applied.
On occasion portions of the work will need to be dried under a lamp before you can finish them. That's not such a bad thing in a working environment as you might think, there's always something to do while the ink is drying.