Inking is so often overlooked and underrated. But it is hard to say which is more important, the drawing or the final ink. They go hand in hand, even if the inking is done by a separate artist.
A solid drawing is always an important foundation to the composition. The blueprint, if you will. But for me, the big decisions are made with the ink. The ink decides what is most important and builds depth to the drawing. The ink is what actually finishes the composition that the drawing first laid out. So, to back Banky up on that famous debate… inking is most definitely NOT tracing. Good inking, that is.
Below the cut are a list of my favorite inkers from both past and present. I hope you enjoy!