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All Star Western process 1 by StazJohnson All Star Western process 1 by StazJohnson
This page from DC Comic's All Star Western shows how a page can go through some changes through the development of the art, & how these changes are much easier to fix when done at the earliest stage.
I submitted the original thumbnail for this page (shown at top left) my intention being not to reveal the main character until the following page, Instead showing him riding into town 'man with no name' style, with him shown in silhouette most of the time & showing the reactions of the townfolk to him & keeping him a mystery. However,  although the editor liked it, he felt (probably due to the fact that this was only a short back up story) that we needed to see him right away, & asked me to do another thumb with this in mind. This second thumb is shown bottom left, & was approved.

The thumb was enlarged to A4 size & printed out then I drew my final pencil on the printout over the rough thumb image. The thumb was printed out in pale blue, but I only had a greyscale copy of this pencil. This was then submitted to editorial, & was approved without further changes.

I scanned the pencil into Photoshop, & printed it out in 3 sections (again in a pale blue) , I then inked over these 'bluelines' with a combination of Sharpies, fine liners & brush pens. You can see the blue line pencils under the inks.

I scanned these inks & combined them in Photoshop to create the final page, adding panel borders, & some texture & tonal effects too.
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:iconatagunilhan:
atagunilhan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
really nice stuff. Thank you!
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it.
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TRTA-2000 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student Artist
So how did you remove the blue underlay for the final artwork? Pardon me if I have missed anything in the description.
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Professional Artist
Good question, with a simple answer. When I scan the final inked artwork I scan it as a high res Bitmap. In my experience, scanners usually have 3 scanning settings, colour, greyscale & black & white. The black & white setting outputs as a bitmap (either black or white & no intermediate gradients) at a 50% threshold (anything darker than the midpoint outputs as black, anything paler than midpoint outputs as white), so if the bluelines are pale enough they won't even register in the scan. So long as you scan at a high enough resolution (at least 600dpi) it'll be fine.
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Jovan-Ukropina Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, beautiful page!!
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:iconstazjohnson:
StazJohnson Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional Artist
Thanks, much appreciated.
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Matadorstudio Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a treat, amazing stuff always return here for inspiration
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Artist
Much appreciated (sorry for the late reply btw)
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atomisis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I really like this explanation, the fact that you included it.  It helps me understand the overall process as well as the specific piece better/deeper.  Thanks for sharing it.
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad it helps.
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joltinjohnnylucas Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
good lord!  you're just too damn good.  
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Artist
You're just too damn kind, mate.
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Antonio-Rocha Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I love to see this! 
Funny thing, though I understand the editor's point of view, I liked your first idea better, as a plain reader.
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Steele67 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice-great insight!! Very much appreciated
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RolandParis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
great work as usual... nice to get a glance into your process.... I find it odd that you ink your panel borders last. That is the first thing I ink when I get a page. It helps me keep stuff contained.
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Artist
That's cos you're a REAL inker Roland :-) You do your inking on the actual boards (probably over the actual pencils) I don't. If I did do that, I imagine I would probably ink the panel borders first. One of the reasons I adopted this method of working was because my inking isn't the best. When I used to ink over my actual pencils the boards would be covered in white out paint from where I had messed up. This way, if I mess up a figure, or even a whole panel, I just print out another copy of the 'blue pencil' ink it again & paste it in in Photoshop.
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RolandParis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist

Well... your inking looks good to me. :) And most of the inking assignments that I have had over the past several years have been over guys who live in South America, so they just email the pages too the editors,who then email them to me. I have an oversized printer and I print the bluelines on 11"x17" Strathmore Bristol, ink it then scan it on my 11"x17" scanner. It has become expensive to be an inker over the past few years buying all this stuff! I miss just Fed-Ex'ing pages!!

The only good thing is I get to keep ALL of the inked pages, instead of getting back just a third of them.

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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Artist
LOL, yeah, I heard that is the case.

Funny thing is, when I first adopted this production technique, I figured getting an A3 printer would be a good idea, however having only recently purchased a new A4 printer I decided to stick with it for a while. By the time that printer broke down, & a new one was called for, I had got so used to working on pages in A4 sections, that I decided to stick with it. But I admit, now that I work this way chances are I'll never sell another original again, who wants to buy a page of art that comes in three pieces with assembly instructions?.. :-)

It all boils down to what you're comfortable with I guess.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   General Artist
:thumbsup: :)
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anthonymarques Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Beautiful work!
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Artist
Hey, thanks Anthony :-) How's it going?
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anthonymarques Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
It is definitely going my friend! My wife and I are having a baby on monday so we are stoked!
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StazJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Congratulations dude. Kids are great. As I'm sure you've already heard ad infinitum, it will change your life forever!!
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anthonymarques Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Thanks Staz! And yes sir, I have been hearing that non stop! In a good way of course! :)
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