More Penny Arcade Inking Videos

Trawled youtube to find more videos on Mike Krahulik’s inking technique.


Ben Templesmith – Page Layout

More pages from Wormwood on Ben Templesmiths technique showing the process from start to finish of the creation of a page of ‘Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse’.

Image: First stage of a page from Wormwood


Image: Second stage of a page from Wormwood

Image: Finished page from Wormwood

Inspiration – Clone High (Carey Yost)

During the Pre-production module I aimed to watch a few TV shows in the hopes of gaining some stylistical inspiration from them. One of this was ‘Clone High‘.

After watching the complete series I set out to track down the artist in charge of designing the characters. I discovered that this was Carey Yost, also responsible for Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls and Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs.

What I liked about the characters in Clone High was the interesting use of use of shapes in the characters, for example how Joan of Arcs head is perfectly flat and how JFK’s bottom juts out no matter what angle he stood towards the camera.

One of the more interesting things is the complete destuction of anatomy but rimplemented sucessfully and stylistically. The major example of this is Abe Lincolns nose, it always protrudes from the side of his face even if this means his nose appears to be behind his eyes from certain angles.

Image: Clone High's Abe Lincoln

Ben Templesmith – Technique

As research for this project I recently re-read the entire collection of Ben Templesmith’s Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse. As I was reading through them I found stashed away at the back of the comic’s one or two pages in which he explains the process of his artwork.

Image: Ben Templesmith Watercolour & Photoshop


Image: Ben Templesmith Traditional Ink & Photoshop

Ben Templesmith appears to prefer working with more  traditional media and only using Photoshop to add layers, depth and manipulate the final images.

In a Recent Interview with Ain’t it cool news Ben Templesmith had this to say:

@: Your distinctive art technique seems to involve quite a few steps utilizing a number of different mediums. Can you take us through your process from initial idea to finished product?

BT:In a nutshell, or a colostomy bag if you will, the art is all hand drawn, on tonal paper, then I ink it, lay in some grey tones and white highlights using paint and markers and anything that comes to hand. Then I scan them in and add photographic layers, be it textures of cracked walls, collages I’ve made and bits of faces, before adding colour, all in Photoshop. At the end of the day it’s still about 80% drawn and 20% computer. But I don’t actually draw on it, I just use Photoshop as a composition and layering tool really.

@: Do you see computer art as the next logical step in comic book art evolution? Will the old pencil and ink format ever become obsolete?

BT:I used to be one of the young punks, but now many, many people have surpassed me, and actually do all their work on the computer literally. I still like the hand drawn aspect. I like the object at the end (not least because you can sell or exhibit it!). I still use a mouse myself. Never bothered to get into the Wacom tablets everyone now uses…though I will be getting a Cintiq (the next phase of that sort of tech really) and will probably get more into the computer side of things…but there’ll always be some people that prefer the feel of real media on paper, even if they know how to do it all on computer too. The medium evolves due to budgets and deadline constraints. So the computer wins. But the original art market will never die, and I think collectors and fans will always make sure there’s at least some pencil and ink real world pages out there to be had. I’m not swapping to computer only work myself. I’ll just keep using it to enhance.



Initial Penny Arcade Style Sketches

Having watched the tutorials previously posted related to Penny Arcade I had a first attempt at trying to recreate Mike Krahulik’s style. These were done with traditional mediums, pencil drawings then inked over with a brush pen.

Image: Ash from Evil Dead sketch

Image: Frankenstein Sketch

Image: Sketch of a Republic Commader

The quality of drawing still isn’t there yet and neither is that unmistakable Penny Arcade style. This probably isn’t helped by the fact that the lines haven’t been inked digitally.

Mike Krahulik – Bobba Fett Technique Tutorial

A video Tutorial by Mike Krahulik the artist behind Penny Arcade. This video displays the transition of the piece from pencil drawing to a fully inked line drawing that will then need to be coloured.

His technique appears to be nothing more than skill and practice. He is using Photoshop and what appears to be a bog-standard brush, with pressure sensitivity from the Wacom turned on. He then just draws the lines  over and over untill he is happy with the mark he has made.  He tends to stay very zoomed in resulting on much smoother mark making.

I will be trying this technique myself, results to follow.

Image: Mike Krahulik's Bobba Fett Lines

Image: Mike Krahulik's Bobba Fett Inked Lines

Project Specification

I have put online the specifications for this project here.