Traditional Inking for Comics with Pen and Ink

How to Ink Various Textures and Effects

Welcome to My Course, “Traditional Inking for Comics with Pen and Ink!”

What you’ll learn

  • Cross Hatching Techniques.
  • Textures and Effects.
  • How to Create Interesting Line Art.
  • How to Use Various Pens to Ink Your Art.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 1 lecture • 1min.
  • Inking a Monstrous Face – Texture and Effects –> 3 lectures • 32min.
  • Section 2 – Sword Artwork –> 2 lectures • 20min.
  • Section 3 – Drapery –> 1 lecture • 11min.

Traditional Inking for Comics with Pen and Ink


Welcome to My Course, “Traditional Inking for Comics with Pen and Ink!”

My name is Robert A. Marzullo and I will be your instructor for this course.  I have been inking comics for over 20 years and even though I am a big fan of digital inking there is just something so interesting about pen and ink on real paper.  That is the experience I want to share with you in these lessons!

In this course I will show you my methods for drawing and inking various textures with traditional tools. You will learn about line weight, textures, cross hatching, and making corrections as you work.

This class currently includes 3 project files and the run time is at just over an hour. The first project is drawing and inking a monstrous face. Here we will go over the benefits or random textures and effects. Sometimes you just have to let the pen go and see what happens!

For the next project you will draw and ink a fantasy art sword. This will allow us to work on something with more structure and talk about clean lines. This is also a good opportunity to render some chrome like effects.

For the third project we will draw and ink some drapery. This is something we need to practice a lot and it will relate to clothing and a variety of other materials. This one is a time lapse with narration since many of the concepts will be redundant.

You get all the art files to study and work along with. I will be adding more examples very soon so let me know if there is something you would like to see covered in future lessons.

  • Tools that we will be using in this class –
  • Strathmore 200 Series Bristol Board Smooth
  • Micron Pens – 01, 05
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – N15
  • Zebra Pen WFSS4 150
  • Presto Jumbo Correction Pen ( White Out )
  • Pentel Brush Pen Fine Point
  • Staedtler 2mm Lead Holder – 2H lead

If you have any questions and want to share you progress, please add it to the Q+A Section of this course!


Thank you for your continued support and good luck with your studies!


Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics



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