If you're not already hooked on Dirk Tiede's free creator-owned comic Paradigm Shift, you should be. He's a personal friend on mine from the Boston Comics Roundtable. Right out of the blue, I asked Dirk if I could ink one of his pages -- just for fun. He graciously printed out a faint blue-pencil copy of Page 83 for me to work on. Since the real version was published months ago, this is essentially fan art.
Dirk's live art size is smaller than my preferred 12 x 18 inches. His paper size 11 x 17 inches, but with an approximate 1.2 inch margin on the non-bleeding panels. This makes his implied art area 8.6 x 14.5 inches.
Dirk's pencils are very loose. This means much of his finished work is done directly on ink. Looks like his Timed Master Series is paying off. Tried "inking what was there", but his pencils were too loose for literal interpretation. I had to familiarize myself with the story and characters, do image research (state trooper vehicle, dashboard camera).
Tools and Materials
- 8.6 x 14.5 inch live art area (non-bleeding panels)
- Strathmore 500 bristol smooth paper
- Blick Black Cat india ink
- Short-handle round #2 sable brush
- Ruling pen (borders)
- Rapidograph technical (art details)
- Speedball #515 (thicker lines)
- Speedball B6 and B5 (lettering)
- Ames Lettering Guide (4.5 over two-thirds)
- Adobe Photoshop (production, color)
Dave M!, maker of fine fan art