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BEFORE AND AFTER EXAMPLES

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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 the inker to contribute so much more to the art.

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ALPHA FLIGHT-JUNE BRIGMAN


This was breakdowns by June, a friend, and I took a lot of liberties to see how far I could go to make it more dramatic by adding blacks.

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA


This was finished pencils, but John still left me plenty of room to develop them in my own style, unlike the pencillers of today.

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA


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

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA


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

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA


It looks like the drawing isn't finished enough to ink, but all it needs is some blacks and details!

CONAN-JOHN BUSCEMA


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

DETECTIVE COMICS-GRAHAM NOLAN


This was breakdowns. I wanted a much more detailed look for Batman.

DETECTIVE COMICS-GRAHAM NOLAN


Breakdowns, but not much for me to do but add some interest with details. Graham's breakdowns are very easy to ink.

HOWARD THE DUCK-MICHAEL GOLDEN


This was breakdowns, but the drawing was lightboxed and clean; a pleasure to ink. I just added rendering, blacks and tones, including some airbrush.

MR. HERO-TED SLAMPYAK


Ted was fairly new to pencilling, and his finished pencils were still pretty bare, so I worked hard at adding lots of detail and blacks to give the pages more interest.

JOHN CARTER OF MARS-FRANK MILLER


This was one of Frank's first jobs, and his pencils were great fun, but required some help here and there. He was trying to pencil a bit like Gil Kane, the regular penciller on the book, and I was trying to ink like Rudy Nebres, the regular inker.

MARVEL TEAM UP-TOM PALMER


I did breakdowns on this job for one of my idols, Tom Palmer, to ink. I kept it sparse so he could do whatever he wanted, and he added a lot.

NEW MUTANTS


This is my pencil rough, my inked finish,
and my final version in color(mixed media)

SPIDER-MAN:HOBGOBLIN LIVES-RON FRENZ


This was rather tight breakdowns, but my rendering style and anatomical approach are quite different than Ron's.

SPIDER-MAN:HOBGOBLIN LIVES-RON FRENZ


The breakdowns were tight, but I still had a lot of choices to make.

SPIDER-MAN:REDEMPTION-MIKE ZECK


My buddy Mike Zeck did breakdowns on this job. He's always a pleasure to ink. I think this four-issue series was some of my best inking.

SPIDER-MAN:MYSTERIO-LEE WEEKS


My current job: rather tight breakdowns, with some blacks suggested. Tough decisions on where to put feathering and what style to use.

SPIDER-MAN:MYSTERIO-LEE WEEKS


This is the same Spidey job, guest starring Daredevil.

SPIDER-MAN:MYSTERIO-LEE WEEKS


Another cool page from my current job with Lee

TOMB OF DRACULA-GENE COLAN


This was finished pencils, and because it was to be printed in black and white, I used ink wash and markers to try to make the most of his grey tone pencilling style.

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