Last week I submitted my nominations for the Inkwell Awards! I mentioned it on my Facebook page and was surprised to get a few messages asking why did inkers need an award?
That is a simple, two part answer... because inkers are an integral part of the comic creating process. They take the pencillers work and fill it in, add definition and depth and help bring it to life. It is not tracing!!!!! I've seen so many good artist become great because of a solid inker and I have also seen an amazing artist ink their own work and well.... not so good!
Reason number two... because inkers and the art of inking are becoming dangerously close to becoming non existent in the industry! Their credits have diminished (no cover credit and inside their name appears smaller and smaller). they may not be the singer of lead guitarist, but without them you are missing an element from the artform.