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03-06-2015, 11:33 AM
Does anyone know where I can find some pages to practice on and to start out my portfolio? If you can help please email me at dcooperandell@gmail.com

Comics Commando
03-06-2015, 08:09 PM
Look for scans of original art on the web. Sales sites, fan sites--ebay, whatever. Then locate a copy of the comic book it came from. Transcribe the dialogue from the comic from the corresponding page and use the text to letter the scan as a practice page. Obviously you want scans of pages with no lettering on them--pretty much anything past 2000 should be pencils or inks only.

Kurt Hathaway
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03-06-2015, 11:34 PM
What Kurt said. I used to get mine off deviantart years ago when I started. In the beginning, I didn't bother asking permission because my first pages were crap and no one was going to see them. As I got better, I started asking permission to use the pages in my portfolio.

If you are using pages that have already been published, see if you can get a friend to transcribe them. If you look at the original lettering, you may be influenced, even subconsciously, by the work. You also don't want any hints about where to put the balloons and how to stack the text, as well as how to make the sfx if there are any. Once you're done, compare yours with the real page. See what you did well and where you need improving.

Use these samples to get work on tiny projects here and on similar forums, mainly stuff you can do for free to learn on. Those projects are the ones you can use to apply for paying work when you're ready.


03-07-2015, 01:47 PM
I put several sets of unlettered pages along with the relevant scripts up on my blog.

First batch (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/thursday-surgery-unlettered-pages-with.html)

Second batch (http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/sunday-surgery-practise-packs.html)

Hope those help!