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  1. Thanks for sharing this fantastic insight. I love this thread! It's not often talked about, but the blueline process introduces a lot of variability. Here's what comes to mind: The scan of the original pencils (or digital) The cleanup of pencils by the inker The specific opacity and blue value by the inker sent to print, and how the printer actually interprets these The quality of printer the inker has. Some inkers send their prints off to a local printer for a higher quality and consistency. The printer ink levels and print quality settings The type of paper the inker has at their disposal. Some 11x17 printers can't handle thicker boards. Some inkers print the blue pencils and blue page lines on the back of "official" company boards. From what I've seen, very few print on the front side with the existing blueline due to alignment issues with a printer. Please correct me if I'm wrong. It was nice that the traditional pencil and ink method simplified things quite a bit, because it was typically on an official company board.
  2. Oh no, that poster tube is pretty narrow, but at least it looks like they rolled the paper the correct way for minimal overlaps. I'm personally OK with the larger heavy duty poster tube sizes (like Mondo) if the shipper doesn't feel confident in shipping it flat. Especially if it's international. It just requires more up legwork from the shipper though, because they don't typically sell the heavy duty shipping tubes from the post office from what I've seen. When I have to flatten, I would probably not have them in toploaders so the paper can receive more direct pressure. I'd use a larger sheet of paper as a buffer and create 4 stacks of heavy books,one for each corner. I'm glad to see they are flattening out though!
  3. This is something I've encountered as well. Sometimes I wonder if this is something that should be disclosed, just as inks on blueline printouts typically are when done by separate artists. Does it matter less if it is the same person doing the digital pencils, printing them out and then finishing it traditionally? Does it only matter if the digital pencils are visible on the finished product? Would this information deter people from buying the art? Do artists feel weird about disclosing these intricacies of their process? I'd love to hear opinions on this and if it changes for original art or commissioned art. As the buyer, I wouldn't mind knowing if the pencils were actually done on the board or printed on. If I'm commissioning someone and it is more on the collaborative side, this is something I tend to ask because I've received some finished works with very rough and visible (dark) digital pencils printed out and then inked over. It seems like these roughs were done at a smaller size and blown up to fill the page when printed out. For me, it distracts from the piece. I'm sure I also have some artwork that has digital pencils printed out and I don't even realize it. I've also had a pencil commission that consisted of rough digital pencils printed out and then finished with tight pencils on top. I had no clue that was their process or even a thing, but I've learned that it's generally not my preference when I can see the digital pencils. If i'm commissioning an artist for an inked piece, these are my preferences in order: Traditional graphite pencil and ink Traditional blue (or red, green, etc) pencil and ink Lightboxed traditional inks Very tight pencils printed out (preferably in the lightest grey possible) and traditional ink Rough pencils printed out and traditional ink
  4. Daniel Warren Johnson blew me away with his take on my Scott Pilgrim commission request. He really is something special and it's been a joy learning more about him and his process on his YouTube channel. CAF link
  5. Recent addition to the commission collection by Mario Chavez (https://www.instagram.com/m.chavezart/). Detail shots of the metallic ink over at CAF: https://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=1585991
  6. Just before SDCC, this amazing Grifter and Zealot commission arrived from Chris Stevens via Felix! I adore his tight line art, but decided to go for my first painted commission. To me, it's perfection. CAF Link: https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1568103