Hounded #1: Page 3

One of my favorite aspects of following webcomics is watching the evolution of an artist. As I keep producing pages on a regular basis, one area to watch will be inking. The reason for this? The Windsor & Newton series 7 brush.

As Josh and I were working to develop the style of this comic, I made the fateful decision (for better or worse) to set down the technical pens that I had always used and pick up a brush. I had long stayed away from brushes, it always seemed like a tool that I would pick up "once I got better." Pens are easy, they limit the number of variables and allow for a precise and consistent line every time. But, they can also look flat and dead.

I always envied the graceful lines other artists achieved with a brush, and I knew that one day I would need to learn how to use one. Well, when Hounded came around I decided to make the switch. I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea how finicky that damn brush would be. It's frustrating, exhausting, and demands more fine motor control than I have ever had. I have thought about backing out many times now, but every time I do I remind myself of the potential in the brush. And every time I pick it up, I get just a little bit better.

-Ryan