I’ve been experimenting with various ways to add depth to my pen-and-ink cartoons. To illustrate, I tried doing three versions of Captain Lunde, one of the characters in Confederacy.
This first one’s the plain lineart. I colored in another copy of the picture with a new toy, a bottle of India ink.
Much better. That is, he looks 90% like my mental image of Captain Lunde. From the neck down, definitely. The eyes are a little … he’s not supposed to give a “bad boy” vibe. He’s an authority figure and only too happy to color inside the lines. Then again, for a few terrifying moments halfway through, he was looking like Bertha the Cross-Dressing Nazi, so I should be glad he doesn’t look like that anymore.
Here’s a computer-colored version:
India ink is loads of fun, but it’s also laborious. I’d probably reserve it for in-depth work like character portraits. Computer shading is something I just might add to Zwitterion installments in the future.