Monday, 20 August 2012

Kuretake ZIG Cartoonist review part 2: Monochrome

So, I am continuing to review great products from Kuretake ZIG Cartoonist range! This time, I am using the products to create black and white artwork. As we all know, manga is largely black and white - so decent black fineliners, markers and fillers are a must for every manga artist, whether a beginner or a pro!

This is a sketch of Nathan from Chemical Blue, looking slightly Sherlock-esque (not intentional!). I did the lineart digitally then printed it out with 20% opacity, so the grey lines are barely noticeable. (I learned a lesson from the last review, and this time I am using bleedproof marker paper!)






The products I will be using are (1) a flexible, quite chunky PK3-10 marker (not sure what the exact name is as the packaging is all in Japanese), (2) BIMOJI brush marker, Kuretake Menso medium brush, Kuretake black ink, and Kuretake Mangaka fineliners in Grey (0.1 and 0.2). I will also be using the Kuretake Mangaka Flexible liners from last review (in fine and medium), and markers from the Sky And Ocean Blue Tones pack (mostly Iceberg Tint.)
A little tryout of the new markers shows that the PK3-10 (1) gives a nice variable line which is perfect for inking. The BIMOJI (2) feels just like using ink and brush, and promises to produce line ranging fro 0.5 mm to 8 mm. There are no ink splodges because the ink is inside the pen. If it's refillable, it's priceless!









A thick outer line around the whole figure, using PK3-10, then fineliners on smaller details. A gentle change of pressure creates a variety of line weights.
 And the finished outline.


Time to try out that ink! I really liked the smaller brush I used last time - the Menso medium brush is slightly fluffier, but just as easy to use.
I use the ink to fill in stripes on Nathan's scarf, and the BIMOJI for his t-shirt. Apart from a couple of tiny smudges, the ink is very easy to use and provides even coverage without any lighter patches. By the time I got to the bottom stripes, the top stripes are nearly completely dry! The BIMOJI brush provides an ideal tool for working around small details such as the motif on Nathan's shirt. I then use the Iceberg tint marker and the Mangaka grey fineliners for the shadows. These days, I mostly do all my toning digitally, so the fineliner feels slightly awkward and scratchy at first. But after a few minutes, it gets easy and enjoyable - not dissimilar to using a pencil for shading (but of course, with a lot more staying power).
Next , I add a few highlights using Kuretake white ink, and the small Kolinsky brush I reviewed last time.

So the overall scores for the products:
PK3-10 marker - 5/5
BIMOJI brush marker - 5/5 (extremely easy to use for those who do a lot of brushwork!)
Kuretake Menso medium brush - 5/5
Kuretake black ink - 5/5 (a worthy counterpart to the excellent white ink!)
Kuretake Mangaka grey fineliners - 4.5/5 (enjoyed using them but I think they are possibly better suited for very smooth paper).

And here's the finished picture, with some digital tone thrown on the background.

Look out for Part 3: Mixed Media!

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