After completing another batch of A-Z characters yesterday (as seen below), I decided to pull out my lightbox and experiment with it in preparation for tweaking The Jock #1. I dragged out an old Gwen Stacy pic that I always mostly liked but a rogue lock of hair and some quite scritchy finishing always irked me so I decided to try and save that pic by inking it onto a new piece of paper using the lightbox.
It was actually quite a weird experience, as the light was so powerful even through two sheets of paper that I couldn't actually clearly see the black inklines I was putting down...the light was just bright enough to shine through, meaning I was virtually tracing by instinct, trusting my fingers to point the pen in the right direction as I couldn't actually tell if it WAS the right direction. Even switching pens made no difference.
The results were not the best...slightly shaky linework instead of more confident lines and some of the finer detail was lost as I couldn't precisely tell where I was drawing. This effect was worsened when I went in with a smaller penpoint to tidy up some of he rougher lines.
Still, overall I think I prefer the new version as it's bolder and less cluttered. I think in future I'll use a pencil to draw over the elements I want to correct and ink the corrections away from the lightbox. I don't know how people draw full pages from the lightbox but it's a handy tool to have...