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December 31, 2013


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I'll have the FAQ posted tomorrow...some stuff came up that I needed to work on really's all done now, but I didn't have a chance to do one final edit.

I was trying to think of a way to field a lot of the notes I get...but doing it in single e mails is just not effective....I also think people here are extremely creative and the thought came to me;
why not do an open FAQ.

you ask the questions you want me to have the answers for here...and I can place them in a permanent FAQ on the main page.

please keep them generally art specific...I don't mind some funny questions...but they probably won't make it to the main FAQ/

if there's a ton of interest...I can maybe even do this in a FAQ 1, FAQ2 etc.

so yeah go for it...

please submit any questions you'd like..about art, inking, comics, professional insight, going into fine art, techniques, developing...beginners advise, figure drawing, fundamentals....really whatever you'd like.

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Redde67 Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
David Finch anatomy, Comicbook pencilling, Joe Weems inking, Alvin Lee pencilling, Stephen Platt Pencilling - all that 5 hour tutorials are on pirate torrents for free download. Do u think that self taught artist should use pirate websites to download them and watch? Every single dvd costs 50$. That is my question. 
adr-ben Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey Rich.. it's really nice of you to do this, I'm sure we all appreciate your insights!
Anyway, here's my question.
- When you get a new batch of pages to ink, how do you approach them? Like.. Covers and splash pages first or, more sequential pages?
- Also, once you start working on a specific page, do you follow any order of work? for example: do all the ruler work, or backgrounds before working on the characters. Or maybe start spotting blacks first or something like that.
- And when inking characters, do you prefer outlining them first and then do the feathering or working specific parts until they're complete?  

I Know the sound very "step-by-step" questions, but I think they'll really help understanding what to focus and avoid getting lost on a new page..

Anyway.. Thanks again for doing this!
I'm looking forward to reading your FAQ.
Redde67 Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
JoelPoischen Jan 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love your work! But what I don't understand is why there are only a handful of inkers that record their work and create a youtube channel to get a bigger fan base... Pros crank out a page a day or so, and it's so simple to set up a camera and film the process. I think its also much more effective then Q&As if we can see the work being created in front of us...that would be the most amazing thing! :D I adore people like Jonathan Glapion who do this...but other than him there aren't too many pro inking videos online...not too good ones anyway... Keep up the great work! :)
Redde67 Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Check Joe Weems Gnomon Inking man). 5 hour dvd tutorial from top skilled inker from DC. 
JoelPoischen Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have that actually... :) Would be cool to see another approach though from Richard Friend... :)
SurfTiki Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
New batch of questions....

-What do you feel on brush sizes? #2 is the common one used but some say a #4? even used a 5/0 from my scale models?
-Nib and brush brands you like? Nib holder? Travel kit to home setup with tools used in each?
-Spotting Blacks....this is still one im not sure tight pencils with none placed or rough pencils, your take on it.
-When penciling how do you lay down a page from your mind and achievement what you see in your head (vague, but its one of those no one seems to express in words)?
-Meeting Deadlines, Tips and Tricks on hitting them.
-Exercises to build and practice the skills needed for comics?
-Inking and penciling traditionally to the big push now of digital, should a penciler or inker do both (digital and Traditional) or stay with what they know and where you think the industry is going?
-Paper, what is the best top shelf to the most cost effective but still works? And with new paper from makers like Fabrino and Copic whats do you think? Bristol to hot press watercolor?

-Random fun question....If you could who would you want to ink over in art/comic history, any body is free game? And who would you want to sit with and pick thier brain about art, or would want to have a pint with?

I will try to think of more but right now this is all i brain its goo....
I am going to let the questions go until Sunday night.  I've started to answer them offline and I've been saving the stuff to I've already begun working on the first FAQ....but please keep posting questions because if there's too much material.

Then I'll just have 2 or 3 of these FAQ's archived here for people.

SurfTiki Jan 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, i'm a new inker with a few books and pieces under my belt, been doing it for 3 years now. I wanted to ask you some questions that i hope are not repeats from above...

-Do you work with a Script, notes, talk it over with editor/penciler, or other?
-When you started what helped you to find your path in inking? Influences? Tips and tricks? Mentored or solo it?
-Is it better to dip in a bottle over making a well in a pan? Pros and Cons?
-I haven't found a good white cover up yet as each has pros and cons, what do you use and why?
-How do you establish a rate to work at with a deadline when you work freelance? and is it a take it or leave it or work with the project budget?
-When do you choice to do brush over nib over pen on a page in areas? (More of a how do you approach a page question, might be a better photo question answer?)
-I have been working on learning textures and how to place them, any advise with thier application and placement? (I.E. Wood looks like wood but how would you make it look new, old weathered, understress of weight and so on?)
-Do you personally find a realistic comic ink more fun or that of the funny pages? and is one easier than the other to you?

I'll stop thier as man i have a ton to ask.
Maybe if this takes off, publish a book of 'How to ink the Richard Friend way'?
Thank you for doing this and for your time.
Redde67 Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist…
Check that. I wish i saw that material. I didi it every time i travel in tube. 
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