Eh? Fantasy book illustration? Resemblance to anime? Yeesh... I've got a weird style, then... I've been told by one person that it's a quirky sort of semi-realism.
Well, I tried
to cartoonize. ;P
As for a felt-tipped pen, I have one, but there's little control over the inking with it... it's always the same width, or it stops writing, and then if it does, then when I go over the part again, it's always too thick... and I lose detail. Which stinks.
I think I'd go for a nib pen, save for the fact I'm not sure if I could manage it. I'm trying to improve, so there's no telling what my style will evolve into. Beware. ;P
As for vertical strips, I'll try it. But I'm not sure if I'll try inking again or not...
I really don't know why my strip would be like anime/manga (though in the most recent, it's intentional, as a parody). The eyes are drawn big, but the sparkliness in my characters' eyes tends to be in the pupil only--it doesn't extend to the iris. I guess I can see where it might look like a children's book illustration, but I don't go so much for the cuteness that they normally want in childrens' books. Of course, Karystyn is cutesie because she's part pixie, but that doesn't make her any more likeable of a character. Stryke can be cute, and it's intentional when she is... but she isn't always. And Dart's cute, but she's a pet, and that's to be expected. Most children's literature involves rather cute, mild-mannered art; mine tends to be sharper, but I can still see what you're saying.
Even so, my comic isn't my main art style... that can be found at http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/loth/k/i/kidd/kidd.html
I'm practicing on dynamics and clothing and such, so expect the art style and quality to change. You might even see some action actually occurring in the strip (fights, etc) that hasn't been seen in the initial strips. It all depends on how well I can improve myself.
Even so, I still consider myself more writer than artist... Much as I love to sketch and draw and such, I tend to like sitting down and typing out a story, as well. Sadly, I think my comic-writing skills need vast improvement; I'm too used to stories and books and the like.
Again, expect stylistic changes (my style's been changing since the strip began, and I'm sure you can tell), and I guess I'll practice inking--don't expect it to pop up in the strip till I feel comfortable with it, though. I'm going to try resizing a bit more, and I suppose I'll go with vertical strips, as well. At least it'd stop me from having to turn the strips around when I scan 'em, if nothing else.[/i]