I’ve been trying my hand at a bit of computer ‘inking’ — the kind of thing Brian Bolland does these days as a matter of course. Normally, I do my inking in the old fashioned way, with a brush, pens and ink, dragging the tool across an actual piece of paper. These days, however, many artists are turning to the technological alternative. After loading up a scan of the pencil art into Photoshop, you add solid black lines onto a new layer using a tablet and stylus.

I found it surprisingly easy, and I can see its appeal. If you make a mistake you can instantly erase it with a click of the “History” pallet. No more messy white out or, Heavens forbid, scraping the mistake away with a razor blade. While the tablet software allows a variation in line thickness depending on the amount of pressure you put on the stylus, I didn’t find that worked particularly well, but that may be more to do with my novice technique.

Anyway, here are a couple of pieces done for W!n Wiacek’s reviews blog. W!n supplied the loose pencils, I did the rest: