Why Ink is Important
Ink is the fuel that lets you keep drawing. Ink is displayed as a percentage number below the ink-well next to the color-selector. As you paint your ink is depleted. You should pay attention to that number, because when you run out of ink, you lose your ability to draw. You must wait until your ink slowly recharges itself. A full recharge takes many hours.
The way you paint has a huge effect on how much ink is consumed.
The larger your paint brush is, the more ink it consumes when you use it.
The faster you move your mouse, the faster ink is consumed.
Ink Conservation Strategy
- Don't scribble!
- Draw your lines slowly and carefully
- Use the smallest brush you need to get the job done
- Try not to repaint parts that are already the same color (wasted ink)
- Parallel lines are an efficient way to fill without overlapping your own lines
- Be mindful of how much you let your lines overlap (overlap is more wasted ink)
- Consider using a Tool to efficiently fill large areas
The in-game display of your remaining ink percentage is quite different from how the server actually tracks ink.
Ink is tied to your external IP Address. Any additional computers from the same external IP address all share the same pool of ink.
Your ink constantly regenerates, even when you are not on drawball.
Drawball rewards returning IP addresses with faster ink regeneration, up to double the rate you initially start with.
New IP addresses start with 1,515,000 ink. (1.515 million)
An IP address will accumulate ink up to a maximum of 6,010,000 ink (6.01 million).
... thus, new IP addresses effectively start with 25.2% of their maximum potential Ink.
Projecting those numbers onto the webpage number of 6816% starting ink, the "over 9000" range could be thought of as encompassing ink values between 9,000% and 25,800% - the estimated maximum if the client would display it. -- That's why you can draw for so long and still stay "over 9000%" - because your ink well can hold 16,800% more ink than it will display.
This is the NEW chart on ink consumption due to previous errors I made in the way I measured ink consumption. These numbers are quite different from the original numbers that were posted here. The previous conclusions about larger brushes having a disproportionately high efficiency are no longer supported. (my humble apologies for failing at science)
|Brush Diameter||Ink Consumed|
|1 pixels||2-3 ink units|
|2 pixels||6-7 ink units|
|3 pixels||11-12 ink units|
|4 pixels||17-18 ink units|
|5 pixels||25-26 ink units|
|6 pixels||35-36 ink units|
|7 pixels||46-47 ink units|
|8 pixels||59-60 ink units|
|9 pixels||73-74 ink units|
|10 pixels||89-90 ink units|
|11 pixels||107-108 ink units|
|12 pixels||126-127 ink units|
|13 pixels||146-147 ink units|
|14 pixels||168-169 ink units|
|15 pixels||192-193 ink units|
|16 pixels||218-219 ink units|
|17 pixels||244-245 ink units|
|18 pixels||273-274 ink units|
|19 pixels||303-304 ink units|
|20 pixels||335-336 ink units|
|21 pixels||368-369 ink units|
|22 pixels||403-404 ink units|
|23 pixels||439-440 ink units|
|24 pixels||477-478 ink units|
|25 pixels||516-517 ink units|
|26 pixels||557-558 ink units|
|27 pixels||600-601 ink units|
|28 pixels||644-645 ink units|
|29 pixels||690-691 ink units|
|30 pixels||737-738 ink units|
- All of the brushes are roughly equal in terms of efficiency