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I got some requests to see the inking demo I gave at this years SDCC, so here it is posted up on YouTube [link] .  I inked a panel from Superman #3, on sale today as a matter of fact, and penciled by Jim Lee.

You'll see that I compressed about 45 minutes in real time down to about 3 minutes, but there are bits and pieces shown in real time.  It was all inked with a brush just to speed up the process a bit.  Let me know what you think...
So I'll be at my 30th straight SDCC this weekend, which is just ridiculous when I think about it.  Anyway, I will be on a panel with the Superman Unchained crew (Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair, Dustin Nguyen and myself) on Friday at 4:15 where I'll have an inking demo taking a Jim Lee pencil panel from beginning to completion.  Should be fun, and I look forward to seeing some of you there.  And come see me in Artist's Alley at CC 24.
So I'm thinking of doing a little experimenting with some different ink tools.  Nothing radical, and I will never give up my favorite old school brushes and nibs, but I want to play around with some of the markers available today (the nib pens in particular, not the brush pens), just to add to my repertoire, explore the possibilities and add some more variety to my line.

I've used Pigma Microns before, and know what I'm getting with them.  They flow pretty well but are not super waterproof, and they fade pretty badly when erased so it's kind of a mixed bag.  I hesitate to use them for professional work.

The other two types I'm looking at are the Copic Multiliners and the Faber Castel Pitt artist pens.  Do any of you guys use either of these (or the Microns) and do you have a preference?  Why?  What have you found to have the best, blackest line that has a great flow, points that last the longest and a line that can stand up to erasing and maybe even handle Copic Markers without streaking?  Any other brands I might have missed that you'd swear by and not swear at?

And yes, I will be playing around with all of these myself, but wondered what all of you artist and inker Deviants have already learned and experienced as well!  Can't wait to hear some opinions!
Just wanted to wish all my Deviant friends the Merriest of Christmas's and a wonderful New Year!  I have not been very active on DA this year, but I will try and turn that around in 2013.  I also hope to read about and see lots of deviations from all of you soon!
Anyone going to San Diego next week?  I'll be there in artists alley, at table CC24.  Come say hello!
Being an inker and a fan of inking, I found a fun youtube video www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdAQFn… should check out by Jonathan Glapion :iconjonathanglapion: who is killing it over Greg Capullo on Batman.  Just a little inker on inker love.

Scott Williams
Hey,  a new issue of Draw magazine is out this week with a cover and long interview with yours truly.  Draw is about the artistic process of doing comic books, and if you like real nuts and bolts commentary and art, it might be worth a look.  Here is a link for Draw twomorrows.com/index.php?main_… and you can even download a free pdf excerpt of the issue.  Check it out.

Peace.
What a great community the DA community is!  Thanks for all the Birthday wishes from everyone.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing what good people there are out there.  Sometimes doing art is a pretty solitary act, but you guys help make me feel connected to something larger than my own obsessions with line and form.  Sometimes you've got to hear someone else's heart beating that's not your own, and I heard from all of you today, and I'm grateful.  You ALL rock!

Scott Williams
This was a strange week for me, as I had to say goodbye to Wildstorm.  After almost 2 decades, we are shutting down, and for me, I am leaving behind a big part of my professional and personal life.  While Wildstorm might have started out as little Homage Studios with my pals Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio, it began to grow almost immediately, not just with ambition but with the talented people who along the way became some of my closest friends. I don't need to name the names because they know who they are, and they will continue to be a part of my life, even if the place itself won't.  Good times, but more to come for sure.

As tempting as it is for me to reminisce, I'm going to save that for another time when I have a better perspective. However, if you want to see a slice of Wildstorm history right here on DA, my good buddy and studio mate who's last name says it all, Rich Friend :iconblasterkid: has been posting some great art and insights as these final weeks have unfolded.  Check it out.

As for me, I still love comics and will continue to do them as long as you'll allow.  I'm going to try and get better at doing them, because standing still is no fun.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Scott
Isn't it amazing how ephemeral the artistic process is?  It's maddening how doing art can bring such highs, quickly followed by the lowest of lows.  One moment you're cocky enough to feel you've had the ultimate in creative breakthroughs, only to have the rug pulled out from under you.

Happened to me the other day.  I was inking a Neal Adams Batman page from his Odyssey book, and from day one, page one, it's been HARD.  I mean REALLY HARD.  Neal is one of the best artists the comic book medium has ever produced, and trying to be up to the task of inking his pencils is intimidating to say the least.  But I've struggled my way through a bunch of these pages with mixed results.  Little victories and little defeats, but the pages are getting done and they don't suck at least.  Then I find myself inking a page recently, and I'm just doing it.  You know?  Like, the ink is just flowing off my pen and it's not a struggle and it occurs to me I've got this thing figured out!  I've unlocked a creative door I wasn't sure even had a key.  There was still the volume of work left ahead of me, but it's smooth sailing from here on out, right?  That was Wednesday.  Then it's Thursday and it's the same old struggle again.  Like a switch was just turned off.  Like Wednesday never happened.  WTF???  Did I change?  Did someone switch my pens and brushes during the night just to dick with me?  Has the Earth undergone some gravitational shift?  

I can't explain it, and I bet it's happened to all of you.  Is it just the nature of art?  Is it what makes it (doing the art I mean) so appealing, that if it was easy it just wouldn't be as much fun?  Probably yes to all of the above.  It helps keep you humble, that's for sure.

Now I'm going to back to that page I started on Thursday.  And probably get my ass kicked.  And loving it.  Sorta.
  • Listening to: vintage Kansas
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Lost, and...um...Lost
  • Playing: at being a grown up
  • Eating: killer spicey chicken sandwich
  • Drinking: H20
Been a while since I did an update.  Been working on a lot of stuff, but there's so much I've done that I can't show.  I'm doing stuff with Jim Lee, as you might have guessed, but there are some other guys I'm collaborating with, guys you might have heard of.  

It's been reported that I'm putting my inks to the legendary Neal Adams on a Batman project.  True dat!  Again, would love to show some of it off, but you know how that goes.

Then there's this other guy who's pretty good, goes by the name of David Finch!  Whatta drawing stud.  
We've got a few things cooking.  Covers at first, and then a few other surprises.  Will drop some samples and hints as time goes by.  Stay tuned....
  • Listening to: Three days grace
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Chargers
  • Playing: with my new ipod touch
  • Eating: fewer carbs
  • Drinking: H20
Hey everybody, I want to give everybody a heads up that I will be at the Long Beach Comic Convention this Saturday.  It's shaping up to be a pretty nice show with lots of artists scheduled to be there.  I'll be there with Jim Lee and a bunch of my Wildstorm buddies with sketchbooks, prints and some original art for sale.  Of course, even if you aren't looking to empty your wallet, come on by, introduce yourself and say howdy.  Should be fun!
  • Listening to: Three days grace
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Chargers
  • Playing: with my new ipod touch
  • Eating: fewer carbs
  • Drinking: H20
I've been away from DA or a while, for no good reason really.  Just got distracted by life I guess.  Anyway, I'm back to checking on all my art friends glorious creations.  

Oh, I wanted to let everyone know that my buddy TIM TOWNSEND timtownsend.deviantart.com/ now has his sketchbook available for mail order.  Well, it's not really a sketchbook.  It's a sick, slick and downright purty art book that shows another side to one of the most talented inkers I know, and it's in gorgeous color to boot.  If you don't go order one now, it means you don't like good art by good people, and really, how could you then live with yourself?  Go.  Now.  Because I told you to.
  • Listening to: Three days grace
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Padres losing again
  • Playing: with my new ipod touch
  • Eating: fewer carbs
  • Drinking: H20
I decided to do something different this year for Comic-con folks. I'm putting a book out that shows my take inking over some of the best comic artists on the planet, and I am displaying a few samples here. I took a crack at Neal Adams, Joe Madureira, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, Barry Windsor Smith and on and on. It was humbling, and I learned a lot! Come by and see me in Artist's Ally, check out the book and the originals (both of which will be on sale), and just say hi-don't be shy!
  • Listening to: Three days grace
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Padres losing again
  • Playing: with my new ipod touch
  • Eating: fewer carbs
  • Drinking: H20
Here we go.  The countdown for me to get off my arse started a few months ago for the big show coming up in about 2 weeks.  Got some pretty interesting plans for the convention this year.  New sketchbook with a different twist has taken up most of my time and attention.  I'll drop a preview onto this page real soon.
  • Listening to: Three days grace
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Padres losing again
  • Playing: with my new ipod touch
  • Eating: fewer carbs
  • Drinking: H20
Well, I finally took the plunge and joined the rest of all you Deviants who make the world a more interesting place.  As an artist and an inker for far too many comic books to name, I'm here to inspire and be inspired.  I'll post more as I figure out what it is I want to bring to deviantArt. Drop me a line if you've got something to say, or just want to say howdy.