Friday, February 19, 2010

Comic Page Specifications

The above image is a full size scan of the original artwork from a page of Uncanny X-Men.

Here are the specs for the paper (I draw on for Marvel).

The board (paper) is Vellum (rough) 2 ply strathmore 500 series bristol board. The board itself is 11" x 17".

The visible border on the art above is 15 3/4" x 10 1/4" and that is the bleed line (which I draw in for my own reference, I'm not aware of anybody else that does this). Nothing prints outside of this area (especially not the black line that I draw in).

The panel line area (live art area) is 9 1/8 x 14 1/2". Everything in this area definitely prints.



  1. Wow Terry, again you prove not only to be a great artist but a philanthropist of your trade, keep it up and you more than definitely have a new fan who will buy any book you guys do :D

  2. Thanks for the info! Which is the difference between vellum and smooth paper? And strathmore 400 series and 500? I want to order a stack of these pages, but I can't decide. Thanks in advance!

  3. Vellum is a Rough ( or Cold Press) finish on the paper.

    Smooth or Plate finish is just that ultra-smooth paper.

    I would guess more professionals use smooth than the vellum in the U.S. The Vellum finish is good for a variety of tools such as brush, colored pencils, charcoal. The Smooth finish is better for pen and pencil.

    400 is a standard quality paper and plenty good for everyone. 500 is acid free and professional quality.