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Once all of the basic story, character and plot details have been finalized, the artist then begins his work. This usually starts with the Layout process. The artist will make a "thumbnail" of the actual comic page on a small piece of paper in order to experiment with various layouts and page versions. Then, the artist will render the thumbnail on an 8 by 11 sized paper, starting only with the pencils. After the penciling is finished, the inker will use various types of pens to ink over the pencil art. When the inked page is dry, a kneaded eraser is used to "clean up" the extra pencil strokes on the page. The finished page is now ready for scanning.

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