For the early assignments, I wanted to focus entirely on the use of the tools, mark making, line quality, etc. I didn't want the students to be concerned about the underdrawing at all -- so I had them ink pencils other than their own. I also wanted them to understand the level of work a true professional does -- so for their first major assignment, I had them ink over blue-line printouts of already inked comic art. I chose a Jack Davis Crypt Keeper piece and a Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four page. The following are some of the more successful examples of the students' results. First up is Davis re-inked by Salina Trevino, followed by Cat Hajek Harris' take on the piece. Click on the pictures for more detailed views.
Eventually I gave them copies of pencils by pro cartoonists to ink. Here's Salina and Courtney inking in a slick cartoon style.
And to finish up this first post on this subject, here's Hedwig Vinson's inks over bluelines of a John Buscema Tarzan pencil drawing. As with a lot of Buscema's pencils, this was a bit rough and left a lot of room for interpretation. As you can see, Hedwig finished the piece with a lot of style.