Art by Dexter Vines
Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen
You’ve definitely seen inker Dexter Vines’ work. From Civil War to The Ultimates to Buffy to Invincible — Vines’ nearly thirty-year career in comics has been well-documented throughout the pages of some of your favorite stories.
Recently, Dexter unveiled a massive collection of original art on his official site. The art on display (and available to purchase) features some of the industry’s modern classics and most beloved heroes.
In the following interview, Dexter shows us some of his most coveted work — inking over the likes of comic heavy-hitters like Carlos Pacheco, Ed McGuiness, Mark Brooks, Michael Golden, Jim Cheung, and more!
Firstly, who are you and where do hail from?
My name is Dexter Vines from The ATL! And a Grady baby, if you know you know.
How would you describe the job of an inker?
I would describe my job as I take raw pencils and, with a brush and ink, I refine the pencils to make them look their best. Kind of how you take a rough diamond and cut and polish it to bring out the bling!
How long have you been inking?
I have been in the business for 27 years.
How did you get into comic books as a fan?
My best friend in high school was an artist and introduced me. I learned about comic shops and comic cons and was hooked.
How did you get into comics as a professional?y
After years of sending out my portfolio, a good friend was an assistant to artist Joe Phillips and, after working on lots of samples, he introduced me to editors a DC Comics, and the rest is history as they say.
What tools do you use to ink?
My main tools are Scharff brushes, Micron pens, various circle and oval templates, french curves, and rulers.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on projects for DC and Dark Horse Comics. I’m also working on a personal project. It’s a sketchbook for Inkers or that’s how I’m looking at it.