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Paul Wills
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Posted: 28 March 2019 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 1 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 | 2 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 | 3 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 | 4 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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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 | 6 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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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 | 8 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 | 9 post reply

Nice work, Eric and Paul. 
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Eric Ladd
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Paul, glad to hear you are enjoying the LePen. I would hate to suggest something that didn't work for you. They are tough to find and I think the best way to get them is to order online. Machines are all done with french curves and straight edges. I also angle the contact between the pen and the edge to give slight variations to the line or to beef up a line's thickness ever so slightly. It's funny you commented on speed because I wish I was faster, but I feel like I would make a good inker assistant at this point. Filling blacks, doing backgrounds and the occasional small figure is about all the consistency I have right now. My favorite part of this page is that tiny Wolverine figure that fits into a half inch by half inch space.
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Posted: 22 April 2019 at 7:03pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

My friend Bob Petrecca (Marvel & DC Comics) inked this
X-Men: Elsewhen page for me. Sorry about the photo. I
have a nice PDF scan, but I'm pretty sure we can only
post JPEGS here, so I took this with my camera phone.

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Eric Ladd
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Nice one, Ted. I saw Joe Rubinstein has inked a few pages as well. He is posting them on his website soon along with the unused Captain America pages. It will be interesting to see how many professional inkers do some Elsewhen pages to learn from them.
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Rubinstein inked the same page as mine, so that's
cool.

I wanted a page with most of the team on it, and since
I do not think I am going to be able to afford one of
these pages, and since JB was ok with people inking
them, this one is mine.

Bob even used an actual Marvel Comics page to ink it
on, but part of me wishes he would have printed the
pencils/blue lines on the Marvel side. Would have
looked cooler to me, but I think I understand why he
didn't. Regardless, it's mine :-)
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Nice one Ted! 
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Posted: 03 May 2019 at 4:31am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

on a tangent -- but Joe Rubinstein has posted inked pages from the never published Cap # 256

I'm surprised there isn't a thread here with pictures.  I'd love to see him on some of these XMen pages.
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Geoffrey, three posts above yours I mentioned Joe Rubinstein's website and work on the unreleased Cap pages. He did actually ink Elsewhen page(s) for release on his website.
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I can't find any ELSEWHEN pages at Joe's web site.  Is there a link?
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Eric Ladd
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Geoffrey, when he posts it will most likely be done via the "Inked Before and After" section of his website, but I don't see it yet.

I finally got the blacks filled in on this one:


This page is very challenging. I think I over rendered the foliage in the last panel and holy crap the Sentinel is tough to make look right. I'm also struggling with the metal effect JB is using on the Sentinels, but I will keep at it. I keep giving away pages until I ink one I want to keep. =)

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Posted: 10 May 2019 at 4:11pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Nice! I don't think you over-rendered the foliage (but then that's coming from me who tends to put in lots of foliage detail). My only request - is it possible to contrast the image a bit so it's more white? It tends to blend into the grey of the forum page.
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Posted: 10 May 2019 at 4:43pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Paul, I just take a photo of the page with my phone instead of scanning it since it has to be reduced to 600 pixels wide. Lots of detail gets lost in the mix so I tend to go the path of least resistance.Here are a couple of close ups with adjustments to white.


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Yeah, that stands out much better. Great job! John Byrne has a knack for giving machines/robots expression. This is why I love him drawing Iron Man, Dr. Doom, etc.

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