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BEFORE AND AFTER EXAMPLES

These are some examples of comic pages before and after being inked, to show what can be involved in inking a page. Most of these are "breakdown" pencils, which are drawn deliberately loosely by the penciller, with the expectation that the inker will tighten up and finish the drawing before inking. With breakdowns, the inker has the freedom to make changes and adjustments that would never be considered with finished pencils. Inking, to me, is a wonderful art that is sadly unappreciated by the majority of comic art fans. Many of the things that make the art compelling, such as the placement of blacks and rendering, should really be part of the inking process, rather than part of the penciller's job. Breakdowns allow more of a collaboration between the penciller and the inker.

 

 

 

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

 

These were finished pencils, but John still left me plenty of room to develop them in my own style. 
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CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

 

 

This is Buscema inking his own breakdowns.                     

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CONAN-JO​HN BUSCEMA

 

I had a lot of fun finishing up the drawing in this one, and adding details.

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CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

 

This was the first time I had the nerve to really add a lot of dramatic blacks to loose breakdowns. It was a revelation to me.

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CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

I had a lot of fun finishing up the drawing in this one, and adding details.

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CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA

 

Again, I was trying to see how much I could add to the drama by adding blacks and lighting.

 

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