Last year and earlier this year I did an online event called OnlineCon where I opened up a list for inked commissions. It's not often that I offer fully inked commissions like this any more, but I was open to the idea of making fans happy in troubled times, supplement my income with conventions responsibly canceled, and to generate material for an upcoming Mouse Guard sketchbook.
To the left you can see one of those pieces finished and colored ready for a page in that sketchbook––and in this blogpost I'll break down the process to get there.
I printed out the above layout on copy paper and taped it to the back of a sheet of Strathmore 300 series bristol. On my Huion lightpad I can see through the surface of the bristol down to the printout to use as a guide as I ink. I used Copic Multiliner SP pens (the 0.7 & 0.3 nibs). I wanted the depth & space to be more defined in the inks than the layout, so I added a density of hatching to the upper floor and more distant book shelves. But other than adding details to the books and rugs, the inks were very similar to the pencils.
When I had these inks finished, Julia shipped off the original art to the its new owner.
I also took this step to establish a color hold (an area where I want the black linework to be a color other than black) on all of the book spines & cover details and on the rug patterns
This piece will eventually be collected with many more in an upcoming sketchbook I plan to release in early/mid 2022.