What is that blue pencil you use, how do you hide it when you are inking and decide not to ink a line (and it was a surprise that you didn't want to ink that line), and... Um... Why are you so pretty and amazing and awesome and *more oogling at your style and more inspiration* :O <-- I don't know why I do that mouth thing... But I wish I could either make it drool, or look more like the All That logo. :D
Oh my goodness!
Well, personally I stick with the blue lines because they’re kind to my eyes, but the way the pencils are removed from the finished page is done in a way that you can use any color that isn’t black or gray. I tried green and purple before, and while they still produced clean line work, they hurt my eyes too much.
This is the make of lead I use: http://www.jetpens.com/0.5-mm-Color-Pencil-Leads/ct/368
I use a Platinum OLEeNU mechanical pencil because colored lead tends to break easily, and these pencils are designed to prevent breakage. It isn’t a perfect fix, but it saves me some heartache.
I’m not sure what you meant by hiding a line. Or a “line I didn’t want to ink.” These lines are very light, I darkened them in that picture for visibility, so they are very easy to draw over. And, like I said, I stick with a light blue because it’s easy on the eyes.
I assume maybe by “hiding” you meant making it disapear when scanned. What you’d do is knock the brightness and contrast up a bit to make the blue a little more pure, but not enough to distort the black lines. Open Hue/Saturation, drop down Cyan (or whichever colors you’re trying to remove) and raise Lightness all the way up, Saturation all the way down. Sometimes you have to do the same with the Blue, if there are still remnants where the pencils were particularly dark. Then, if you aren’t going to reduce the image to Grayscale, Desaturate the line art instead to remove any other hints of color.
I hope that was helpful!
EDIT: I should also note that the guidelines for the layout, bleed and panels is done with Copic markers in a similar color to my pencil.