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New X-Men page process by diablo2003 New X-Men page process by diablo2003
I get a lot of requests to show the raw pencils or the raw inks as well as requests to see tutorials so i thought I would try and fill all the requests by showing the page process as it goes from layout to pencils to inks and then colors. I'm using the last page of New X-Men #20 since it's got a nice big image and should be the most interesting to see in progress.
STEP 1- Layout. This is a really small rough drawing(generally 8X5) done in about 15 or 20 minutes just so I can see how the page should be laid out and where everything will go. I'm not really concerned about all the little details at this point because this is only for me and not generally going to be seen by anyone else. Think of it as a blueprint for whats to come.
STEP 2- pencils. Depending on how much I like the layout Ill either scan the layout in and blow it up to 11X17, print it, and lightbox the outline onto my comic board or Ill simply draw the page from scratch using my layout as reference. If I light box it, Ill usually do it with a non-photo blue pencil and then add all my details very lightly with a size 2h lead pencil. Once everything is where Id like it to be I go back through with a size H and HB to tighten it up. A lot of times Ill add little Xs to the areas that Id like filled in with black by the inker. This saves time for me and keeps the inker from having to erase a whole bunch.
STEP 3- inks. I send the page out via FedEx to my inker Jaime Mendoza. Jaime takes the page and goes over it adding the contour lines and spotted blacks that give the page a lot of depth. If you look at the difference between the pencils and inks youll see that Jaime added a lot of chaser lines and make my flat pencil marks go from thick to thin depending on the lighting. Hell also add additional textures like the cracks around the ground and marks on the figures body. Jaime is an amazing inker and I think its evident by all the fine little touches he added to this page.
STEP 4- colors. Once finished Jaime scans the piece in and sends it over to Brian Reber so he can finish the page up. Brian first determines where the light source is coming from and begins laying down light and dark shades accordingly. In this case the light is coming from the doorway so Brian adds a really nice gradient light coming from the lover right to the top left. He also fills on some of the shadows that werent evident in the inks like the shadow of Emma falling across Jays legs. Hell also add textures to give the piece a more real feel like the stone look to the sidewalk and a liquidy shine to the blood. Brian also incorporates a beautiful color palette so the piece pops while still being gritty and dingy. Color choice is just as important as technique so should be focused on just as much. Once Brian is done he sends the page via FTP site over to Marvel to be lettered and printed.
The process goes on all month long until weve done this 22 times for each book. It sounds time consuming (and it is) but you find that it gets easier the more you do it. Hope you found this enjoyable and let me know if you have any questions and Ill try to edit it into the description.

Also, I still have my 2005 sketchbooks available to anyone that wants one. Read my latest journal entry and send an e-mail to if youd like one!

Thanks for looking!
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virtuoso7 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing to see, thanks for sharing. Very inspiring
GLoRToR Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   General Artist
Mark, could you make (or point me to) a hair line art tutorial that covers the successful types and methods of comicbook style hair? I'm a graphite artist in the habit of using tones and find it hard to define hair with mere lines.
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work! I would definitely love to work with you guys in the comic industry someday! Keep up the amazing work!
Ianisnothome Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
This is one of my favorite scenes
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