Comic Book Illustration Vol. 2

Comic Book Inking with Joe Weems


In this second title of a series, Joe Weems shows and explains in detail the technical aspect of comic book illustration inking. Starting with the tools of the trade and examples of warm-up exercises, this lecture contains a wealth of knowledge with extreme close-up shots of the artist's hand working on select portions of the image. This focus on the work allows the viewer to gain a better understanding and appreciation of how the ink line is applied and constructed. Joe will present examples of free-hand inking and utilizing stencils while discussing influences and personal insight from a career that spans more then sixteen years. This title is designed for all aspiring inkers, fans and seasoned professionals with an interest in learning more about the creation and execution of a comic book page.

Duration: 150 minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Joe Weems

Comic Book Illustrator

Joe Weems began his professional career straight out of high school working for independent publisher Eros. His work on Vengeance of Vampirella lead to inking penciller Kirk Van Wormer on Chains of Chaos and The Rook, and then eventually some fill-in work at Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios. Catching the eye of Top Cow Studios in 1996, Joe was paired with Anthony Winn for the new series Ripclaw. Over the next five years he would go on to ink such popular artists as Dave Finch, Brandon Petersen, Mike Turner, Joe Benitez and eventually Marc Silvestri. From 2000-2005 Joe broke out of comics and illustrated numerous skateboard decks and graphics for Darkstar Skateboards. During this time he also worked with publishers Dark Horse, Wildstorm, Crossgen, DC and Marvel Comics before returning to Top Cow and inking Silvestri (whom he continues to work with to this day). When not inking Joe can be found grinding another toon to 70 on Rexxar.

  • "In the world of comics there are those who are good at what they do, and then there are those so accomplished at what they do they live in a category all their own. Joe Weems is one of the very few in that accomplished category. I'm fortunate and thankful that in my career I can choose my artistic partners "

    - Marc Silvestri
    CEO/Penciller Top Cow Productions, Inc.