View Full Version : can inkers read?
09-19-2002, 08:20 PM
hehe, anyhoo, i'm wondering if it's standard to send a copy of the script to the inker to read when he works on pages...i know he could just call up the editor and it's a simple email away, but do they tend to send a copy normally?
just curious, thanks ;)
09-20-2002, 02:01 PM
It depends on the editor, how busy they are, if they have an assistant and if the pages are coming to the inker via the office, straight from the penciller or via a letterer. Everyone working on a book should get a copy of the script but in practice a lot of the time you have to remind someone.
09-22-2002, 10:53 PM
I've read of inkers preferring to see the script, but until I started the "art jam" page I'm inking, I didn't know why. I felt very much lost without any idea what was going on other than the pencils in front of me.
I think it's important that an inker see the script.
09-23-2002, 12:14 AM
yeah, the art jam is totally why i asked (oh, by the way, thanks robin ;) )
my inker (tee hee, sounds so cool to say that ;) ) requested it, and i can totally understand why...i mean, some things are pretty obvious, but i'm sure you can show some images to five different people and they'd see five different things
a script might not solve that completely, but sure would help
10-02-2002, 06:04 AM
Personally, I think if an inker has to look at a script, the penciler isn't doing his job. Since this is done over the internet (sending scripts and whatnot), what would prevent the penciler from sending a copy of the script (if there was a hypothetical need for it in the first place)? I mean I could see the letterer and colorist rather having need of it, but unless it's an Alan Moore script requiring pixel sized nanobots dancing in someones black hair, I don't get it. Love,Bewildered.
10-02-2002, 10:25 AM
If I'm inking, I want to see the script. Why? Maybe the script called for the penciller to draw a soldier dressed in American, World War II style fatiques, and just maybe the penciller didn't do his homework. Maybe the penciller drew modern camo fatigues instead. My having a copy of the script might help preserve elements of the story that might have otherwise been lost.
Recently, I committed to inking a self-publishing venture. The story took place in a city, and the artist had went to great lengths to make the city as detailed as possible. Looking at the panels, I at first determined the setting was most likely San Francisco, because the penciller indicated a lot of large hills downtown. Reading the script, I discovered that this was supposed to be NEW YORK! Other than Central Park, New York is more or less FLAT. There are no rolling hills like San Francisco. Good thing I read the script, eh?
10-04-2002, 03:47 PM
Above Harlem, NYC is quite hilly in places. Fort Tryon Park has lots of rolling hills, for instance. Where we live in the Bronx it seems like there are nothing but hills. See, you'd know all this if you deigned to visit us when you were up here last. :) :)
10-11-2002, 03:27 AM
Not San Francisco hilly I'll bet!
10-11-2002, 09:11 AM
Originally posted by Bruce Lee
Not San Francisco hilly I'll bet!
Around Fort Tryon? It's not San Fransisco but it's pretty hilly. The highest point is about 265ft above sea level and considering how narrow Manhatten is that makes for some very steep hills around there. It's difficult to capture the hilly nature of the terrain around there in photos but you can see some of the area by looking around this site.
11-06-2002, 01:50 PM
Personally, I think if an inker has to look at a script, the penciler isn't doing his job.
If the pencils were that tight and that complete, you could forget about inking and just colour over the pencils.
Everybody needs a copy of the script, and in my professional experience, everybody gets one.
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