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jock123
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#21 · Posted: 28 Jan 2007 18:44
A bit of further internet nosing has turned up a reference to a Gillott's Inqueduct NoG-1 Nib, so I think it would would be fair to say that the G2 mentioned in the Chronologie is a nib in the same series?
robbo
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#22 · Posted: 7 Apr 2010 15:12
tlaloc:
No, I actually meant the full page on page 42. That image shows levels of detail that would be hard to accomplish below A2 or so, I think. Well, hard without massive eye strain and a very steady hand.

In answer to the question what was the size of the artwork for page 42 of Destination Moon, the original ink drawing is 365x489mm (ref Chronologie d'une Oeuvre Tome 6) which is somewhat bigger than A3.

mat
jock123
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#23 · Posted: 7 Apr 2010 16:17 · Edited by: jock123
Ah, thanks for that, Mat! The final pieces are falling into place!

It has to be remarked that while as you say this is a bit larger than A3, it is also a good bit smaller that A2, so the final detail would be the dimensions of the art on the board - and my guess would be that it turns out to be the same size as pages 41 and 43, which is really what is at the heart of the question.

Given that as I said recently elsewhere the sizes of Hergé's pages wander around the A3 size without quite hitting it dead on, I wonder if he was buying his boards in large A0/A1/A2 sheets, and cutting them down? As long as they were more or less the same size, and large enough to contain the art he wanted to draw on, the actual edges of the board probably didn't matter so much.
robbo
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#24 · Posted: 12 Apr 2010 18:05
jock123:
It has to be remarked that while as you say this is a bit larger than A3, it is also a good bit smaller that A2, so the final detail would be the dimensions of the art on the board - and my guess would be that it turns out to be the same size as pages 41 and 43, which is really what is at the heart of the question.

I think you are probably right jock123 - page 48 is 368x526mm, page 25 is 374x515mm and the border round the outer frames varies accordingly. Of course these inked drawings were then reduced photographically to near the final album size 199x260mm, printed out and hand coloured with watercolour. Even these printed pages seem to vary, but I guess the outer frame was a set reference.

mat

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