I figured, since I showed the first two steps, I may as well share the rest. Who knows, it may be interesting to a few people.
This is what the first pass at inking looks like. The goal here is to get the basic lines down so the sketch layer can be hidden. The nose and pupils / iris of the eyes will be added in later.
The next step involves thickening the lines and adding variation. That's the longest part of the inking process and the one I hate the most - it still causes wrist pain. After that is the step where detail is added - hatch-marks, lines in the hair, and such. Since this will be colored, there probably won't be much to that step.
EDIT: I'm going to have to start over and ink by hand. I've never inked anything this close-up and large before digitally and apparently I'm not competent to do so. I can't control the shaking wrist. So, I need to redraw the image on Bristol and ink by hand tomorrow. Which means, the cover will be late. I apologize.
Previous posts about the construction of this issue's cover...
Cover Construction I
Cover Construction II
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points."
-- Virginia Woolf