The thing about inking, the way I do it at least, is that it takes a while to see results. I don’t ink one page and go on with the next. I work on several pages at once, doing one step on each, then setting that page aside to dry while a work on the others. This has one huge advantage– it dramatically minimizes the chances that I will drag my finger, the side of my hand, my shirt sleeve, an eraser, a ruler, a triangle, or just about any other random object in the studio (or indeed from anywhere else in the house) through a wet line and mess everything up. I would put my ability in this area up against anyone else’s in the entire world. The only way I can have half a chance at not dragging up my pages is to let them dry thoroughly several times during the process.
It also helps reduce the transitions between tools. I’m a tool freak and this is the time when I envy those cartoonists who ink everything with one all purpose tool like a small brush or a crowquill pen as I move from lettering pens to brush to medium nibbed fountain pens to the EF ones I use for detailing. (I’m not complaining– I like the way the art looks when I get everything mostly right, and it’s a lot less awkward to do than it is to describe.) So I do all the lettering first, then go on to the brushwork, and so on.
I’m partway through this process now, so I think I will pick one page that only has one step done and scan it each step the way to show how it works. Stand by tomorrow– in the afternoon if I can get in to see the dentist in the morning, in the morning if I can’t.