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Ornamental inking by Asfahani Ornamental inking by Asfahani
A while ago :icongalil-galad: wrote me a note:
"hi i love your art and your inking but i self cant ink that good
can you mabye please make a inking tutorial ??
i really want to know how you did it :heart:"


Okay, I tried. It is my first tutorial ever. It's only about the technique I use for the Tarot cards. But I hope it is useful for you, Elfje-laila!
Please forgive my bad English and any confusion - as I said: I never made a tutorial before.

But I would be very glad if some people get inspired to try inkwork too...

All about commissions: [link] :)
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:iconluciavorena:
LuciaVorena Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial!
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:iconeluminora:
Eluminora Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks very useful! I love it. :)
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:iconlapaowan:
lapaowan Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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:iconwiccaesar:
WicCaesar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I can't draw but this is very inspirational!
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:iconkamihanaki:
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow… this is so wonderful, I'm seriously just art-struck right now… (is that the word? Like star-struck but with art? Because wowie!)
Thank you for sharing, this is really so very beautiful
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:iconninjacellist:
NinjaCellist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh this is so beautiful! I can't hardly peel my eyes from it! This is so impressive!
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:iconhenrytrettenbach:
HenryTrettenbach Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much. It must've taken you forever to ink in such gorgeous textures.
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:iconwasahbiart:
WasahbiArt Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is a beautiful tutorial
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:iconvoskhod-e:
Voskhod-E Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This is both interesting and beautiful
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:icony-frost:
Y-Frost Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! Great work :O
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:iconrmadrigal:
Rmadrigal Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very helpful, thanks so much for posting!
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:iconfirst-last-always:
first-last-always Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely wonderful, thank you so much for this. I know it'll come in handy some day.
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:iconkryione:
Kryione Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconbravoplz:YOU ARE MY IDOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
just amazing ...
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:iconxxrabenkrahexx:
XxRabenKrahexX Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Wonderful, your art is amazing. You've gain a fan!
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:iconduoyo:
Duoyo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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:icondoodleavc14:
doodleavc14 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O-O I need to learn how to do this!! Man i am NOT that good at Inking....XD This tutorial is great thanks a lot.
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:iconchronicnightmare:
ChronicNightmare Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So you just used a school fountain pen? Thats amazing!
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:iconmoontessa:
Moontessa Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial)
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:iconpryate:
Pryate Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing!
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:iconodogidydog:
odogidydog Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
great tutorial very informational
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:iconsilenoswithaleopard:
silenoswithaleopard Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
One of my favorite artists has been Harry Clarke and I've wondered how he does such intricate work.

Thankyou so much for breaking it down! :love: Very useful.
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:iconpjchillout:
PJChillOut Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
that'll come in handy (:
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:icontenshidream:
Tenshidream Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very useful =D the picture itself is also amazing ^^
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:iconmmelizzard:
MmeLizzard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
A tutorial from one of my favorite artists! WooooooHoooooo!

I'm right handed, but I still smear ink all over the place :cries: I generally try to start inking in the middle of the paper and then rotate the page when possible to fill the edges. Then I still smear. lol. :D

What I find amazing is your ability to get your blacks sooo, black. Your edges are so clean and crisp that it almost looks like block printing. You are a fantastic talent and with every new piece I fall in love with you more :heart:
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:iconbutteredpoptarts:
ButteredPoptarts Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
WOO! LEFTIES!
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:icons4yuri:
s4yuri Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks so much for this tutorial. impatience is one of my great weaknesses :D
your work is simply amazing! you definately deserve a watch :)
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:iconihmislehma:
Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just WHOA.
The amounts of detail, the EVERYTHING is just overwhelming. I can do nothing but just stare in awe, wondering if I'll ever reach even half of the level of skills such as this...
And I really don't mean just the ink. Just EVERYTHING.
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:icondawnblossom:
DawnBlossom Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing!
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:iconfiregemini:
FireGemini Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
btw, when u erase the pencils, dont the ink, like come off cuz of the eraser? XD or is there another way to do it? :P
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:iconasfahani:
Asfahani Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I use a very soft art eraser and my skechtes are very, very light drawn. So it's no problem. :) And most of the pencils are erased when I start with the details in ink.
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:iconfiregemini:
FireGemini Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. i tried it!
but the the ink is like super watery...
so if i want a line like this "-"
it turned out like - XDDDDD
is it compeleltyu natural, or just me? XD
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:iconasfahani:
Asfahani Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Let the fresh inked area dry for 10-20 minutes. :)
I forgot to mention, sorry. (I am routine-blinded.:dead:)
I the light you can see if the ink is dry. When it looks dry wait five minutes longer.
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:iconfiregemini:
FireGemini Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOSH.
i rele wanted to learn inkwork <3 <3
ill give it my first try xD
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:iconpromet-he-us:
Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   General Artist
Impressive. No less!

Thank you for showing!

:typerhappy::worship::clap::+fav:
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:iconangelerenoir:
AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Do you have certain titles of reference books you can recommend? I like collecting my resources too, and any tips would be super great.
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:iconasfahani:
Asfahani Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have two categories for inspirational material:
1. direct reference material
2. artists and art to get my head free.

1.
My essential book for all and everything:
Franz Sales Meyer: A Handbook of Ornament
Additional:
Everything about Art Noveau (Aubrey Beardsley!), many material from varying books and internet material about tattoos and tribals as well as japanese patterns and all forms of folklore art (for example Ainu, Aborigines, Azec... just to start with "A"). Google all archaic cultures you can think of and search for their patterns, ornaments and symbols. Greek and egyptian ornamentary are very useful!

Then, when you are overloaded, go to step 2 and get the head free. :D This are my little artsy helpers:

2.
Juxtapoz Illustration 1 (Well, everything from both the Juxtapoz magazine and their artbooks...)
Aya Takano, Yoshitoshi, Takato Yamamoto
Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & the Supernatural (Jack Hunter
Superflat art


Hope I could inspire you a little bit. Sales Meyer is obligatory. :)
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:iconangelerenoir:
AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Coool! Thanks a lot.
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:iconsparksflystudios:
SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very skillful & beautiful technique
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:icondeuteriumtritium:
DeuteriumTritium Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
This is very helpful. Thank you to share your experience with us.
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:iconhusniarsyah:
Husniarsyah Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial :)
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:iconorugosa:
orugosa Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Thanks <3
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:icondrsullivan:
DrSullivan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
O_O
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:iconroguexsanchez:
RoguexSanchez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
amazing!
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:iconerinkerr:
ErinKerr Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on your DD! This in an amazing tutorial...thanks for showing your method of creating your beautiful art...such talent. :love:
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:iconanzel-muzik:
anzel-muzik Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS AWESOME xDDDDDD
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:iconpandoralewis:
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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:iconsushi-ice-cream:
Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
That's a true master piece you've created. And thank you very much for sharing your talent with people!
:iconloveloveplz:
Congrats on your DD! You deserve it!
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:iconkampfly:
kampfly Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
i like how you draw faces. since that's unrelated, i'll also tell you that i think you did a great job with your first tutorial :D
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:iconchimmy89:
chimmy89 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
are you kidding me, this is mindblowingly awesome! This takes serious patience in which I am trying to grow each and everyday. I'm trying to learn how to have proper smoother inked lines and this, this is just wow. Great and amazing work!
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