Before/After: Green Lantern #50 Double-Page Spread

by Tom Nguyen in


I've got a blog post coming up on Monday about my last weekend experience as guest and photographer for Fanboy Expo in Knoxville.  Since it's a very detailed post aimed at photo lighting nerds, it's taking a little longer to put together than expected.  So I'm throwing up this post for the comic art nerds.

From the vault, here are scans I dug up of pencils-to-inks from Green Lantern issue #50 (pre-New 52).  It's a pretty sweet double-page spread drawn by Doug Mahnke

 


 

And after 2 very full days, here is the inking result:

Green Lantern #50, pages 16-17.  Pencils: Doug Mahnke Inks: Tom Nguyen

Green Lantern #50, pages 16-17. 
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Tom Nguyen

As usual, this was done during stressful deadline times.  Probably took a couple cat naps during this period.  People sometimes ask if double-pagers (or splash pages) take longer because they're more "epic" than your average pedestrian page with multiple panels.  More often than not, they tend to be easier and can take less time compared to inking 2 average pages combined.  I think this is because things on a splash/double-pager tend to be drawn bigger and take up more space.  What really slows me down are drawing/inking really tiny things (like a crowd in the background), and since smaller panels tend to lean towards inking smaller, there is more tediousness (is that a word?).

Tools used: 
-Windsor & Newton Series # 7 brush #2
-Koh-I-Noor Rapidographs
-Micron pens
-Alvin french curves/triangle straight-edge
-50% Higgins Black Magic/50% Koh-I-Noor Universal Black mixed ink
-Bic shake 'n squeeze Wite-Out pen
-Kneaded eraser
-TopDocumentaryFilms.com (hey, I like to listen to documentaries when I work!)

Any questions, just ask! 

(Edit to add:  bigger images of the work below)

 

Page 16: close up pencils

Page 16: close up pencils

Page 17: close up pencils

Page 17: close up pencils

Page 16: close up inks

Page 16: close up inks

Page 17: close up inks

Page 17: close up inks