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Paul Wills
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Posted: 28 March 2019 at 9:59am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Thanks Eric - I appreciate you taking the time to give some perspective on my inked page. Very constructive and enlightening! With inking (especially John Byrne's work) I hold off on straying from the pencil lines even though I know the penciller wants the inker to determine some of the layout - my problem is I don't want to offend the original artist by changing too much of their lines (but I know sometimes it's necessary - especially with background foliage).
I'm going to pick out another page and give it a go. Thanks for the tip on the pens - I'll look them up!
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Posted: 28 March 2019 at 10:26am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

How are you guys transferring JB's scans to standard size Bristol board?
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Posted: 28 March 2019 at 10:55am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Vinny, I've tried a number of ways, but here is the process I am using:
- Copy the image from the JBF
- Open it in Photoshop
- Change the dots per inch to 300
- Copy the 300dpi image and paste it into a new layer of a "standard" 11x17 comic page with full bleed lines
- Scale up the image to match where JB indicates the full bleed on the page
- Save a JPG of the pencil image so you can print it for reference
- Adjust the curves and/or levels to make pencils darker
- Paste the darkened pencils into the CYAN channel of a CMYK 11"x17" file to make the pencils into "blue line" JPG

I adjust the opacity of the overall file so the blue color isn't over powering. Also, as I get more confident with my inking I am able to reduce the opacity lower and lower. Right now I like 20%-25% opacity of the blue line file. Then I go to the local office supply, load some 300 series Strathmore Bristol board into their color printer and print away. Send me an email and I will send you the JPG files for a page as examples.
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Posted: 28 March 2019 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

What I do is copy the original pencil scans and print them on letter-size paper. I'll bring that to Office Depot or Staples and enlarge it to something close to 11x17 then I use a vellum overlay to ink. Then I'll scan that 1/2 page at a time (I don't have an 11x17 scanner) and splice them back together on computer - I'm pretty sure this is not the industry standard.
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Posted: 28 March 2019 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Ah, ok. The Office Depot (or equivalent) aspect was what I was missing. Home printers usually can't print that large!
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Posted: 31 March 2019 at 1:18pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

This has been my warm up page for several sessions now. I can't remember an image putting a more consistent smile on my face when I ink it. Finally finished it after about 5-6 sessions.Now time to tackle a complete page.



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Posted: 31 March 2019 at 3:11pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I've done this page several times. It is one of the best lesson pages I have ever had, but this is the last time for a while.

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Paul Wills
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Posted: 07 April 2019 at 10:55pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply


It was fun inking Sauron.  Man! - that detailed forest background! I wonder if JB uses reference for the jungle plants or if they're made up on the spot.  



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Posted: 21 April 2019 at 2:56pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Paul, Your textures are coming along nicely. Lots of good stuff from leathery wings, to gore and foliage. That is a tough page and you handled it nicely. Here is my latest with all the tiny figures. Hopefully you can tell who is who in this battle.

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Posted: 21 April 2019 at 3:16pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Pops, forgot to fill black on the last panel. Usually I put an X in there, but for some reason I didn't and when I finished the background in panel 1 I didn't go back and check.
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 21 April 2019 at 10:40pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Thanks Eric! I forgot to mention that I inked that page using LePen as you recommended. I like them a lot.
Very nice page for you as well - and pretty fast! One of the things that I really like is your ability to ink machines. Very smooth and precise line work. Good job!
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Posted: 21 April 2019 at 10:51pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Nice work, Eric and Paul. 
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