View Full Version : BOARDS to draw comics

06-17-2007, 11:58 PM
Hi guys,

I was wondering where can I find good boards to buy to do my pages.
Someone know about the Blue Line Art (http://www.bluelinepro.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=BL&Category_Code=pro).

This boards are good?



06-18-2007, 09:51 AM
It Really depends on which board you choose and what you want to use it for.

The cheap Blueline boards are okay for pencilling. but as soon as you put ink on them they bleed and all the inks go fuzzy. So if you're going to ink your work I'd advise you use the strathmore 400 paper they sell. But beware it is quite expensive.

A few artists I know recommended Deleter. It's a manga paper, smaller than 11x17. But much much cheaper and takes ink really nicely.
I've bought a few packs and drew the second half of my graphic novel on it. It's quite nice. I just wish they made it on slightly heavier stock.

I have some paper from MV Creations I bought at chicago con a while back. That's pretty good stuff. Val Staples did say he would be selling more soon. But doesnt have much left in stock at the moment. But it aint bad stuff to use.

Papers I haven't used but know artists that do:
I've heard that Eon boards are quite good

I've heard the Kubert School strathmore is pretty good

Hope that helps a little.

C. Wallace
06-25-2007, 07:21 AM
Industry standard is Strathmore 300 series Bristol board.

The least expensive option has always been and still is to buy pads of 14x17" bristol trim it to 11x17" and rule your own borders. You can either do this manually or rpint them yourself if you have a large format inkjet of laser printer.

Best part is, is the SAME EXACT grade of board that Marvel, DC etc... has used for decades.

07-06-2007, 05:39 PM
I use eon boards and I like them but still not totally pleased with them. They seem to be good for penciling and inking but not ink washes. Anything too wet and the boards shrivel pretty badly. The blueline boards are good for pencils and water colors but not inks.

I should give the kubert boards a shot.

Premature Inker
07-06-2007, 06:04 PM
Be carefull with some of the Kubert boards as they ARE basically the same as you get with Bluline..they just have different print on them.I personally use Kubert boards and unless you are very well-off...the strathmore 500 boards are very expensive but not un-reachable.Bruce Timm uses typing paper for his comics as does shane glines...use what you can find...Even the kubert's stray from traditional board to other surfaces like cardboard and colored papers....Try everything.


07-26-2007, 07:51 AM
I saw Ben Oliver at a con in Bristol earlier this year and saw his ultimate x-men pages. They were pencilled and inked on regular cartridge paper. I prefer using a stiffer board, but as premature said, try lots of stuff and just go with what suits you.

07-26-2007, 08:16 AM
for our studio paper, i just called up blue line and had them print us some up with our studio logo on it. it's the same exact grade that we've all used at image and we're all very happy with it.

400 strathmore, slick finish, 3 ply. just an awesome paper. (if your printer doesn't take thick paper well for printing blueline to ink on... just go with 2ply)