1977 is not a bird, it's an adventure!


17th Jan 2013, 6:52 PM
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KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Jan 2013, 6:52 PM edit delete
While I work on the inking for the Midnight Avenger's first big adventure, here's a little experiment I did this afternoon in coloring. This was inked on paper and then colored on paper with markers. SO much faster for me than coloring in Photoshop! But I then scanned it and did some color correction and a bit of enhancement in Photoshop. Still curious to see if there is any way I can produce color art fast enough for regular use.
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EdInFresno 17th Jan 2013, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Nice stuff! Well done. Just wondering, though... Have you tried "wet brush" with your markers (for blending) and sponge for effects? I have and, yes, it takes a bit of practice to master but produces some very spectacular effects.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Jan 2013, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
If by "wet brush" you mean working with those blender markers, then yes, though that was at least 20 years ago. I do like the look of the natural media coloring in this image, though, much more than the smooth tones of Photoshop coloring.
Draginbeard 17th Jan 2013, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
well if you figure out a faster way to color, please pass it on!
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Jan 2013, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
It's really weird that I'm so much faster with markers and paper than with the Wacom tablet and Photoshop. What I'd love to find is some simple method that produces reliable quality results and doesn't tack on more than an hour or so to each strip. Preferably a lot less.
cattservant 17th Jan 2013, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Looks very good.
EdInFresno 17th Jan 2013, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I wasn't thinking of the blender markers (I never cared for those) but with an actual brush dipped in water and used to blend the marker ink (care has to be taken with this and, also, that it has to be done on relatively non-porous board rather than paper) but I also noticed you mention you use a tablet instead of drawing paper or am I misunderstanding something, here?
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 19th Jan 2013, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
All my pen & ink work is just done in my sketchbook, which unfortunately doesn't have paper sturdy enough for any sort of wet effects. I have used my iPad at various times on this strip to attempt to integrate it into the workflow, mainly to produce color output quickly, but I have not yet really found a workflow that... well, "flows". It's a pain moving scans to the iPad for coloring, they often arrive messed up, there are always resolution issues, etc. A lot of the fun of the work goes out the window when I'm trying to correct for layers that screw up when being opened back and forth between the iPad and Photoshop.
EdInFresno 17th Jan 2013, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
On a little side note: Back when I could still see well enough to actually draw and paint (I'm legally blind) I used to use Grumann Zenith Blending Ink pens which had a special "maleable" ink. (I don't think they even make those anymore.) With these I could lay out the colors I wanted to blend and then, using an ink stump (similar to a paper blending stump for use in pastels and pencil) I could blend the colors perfectly. I loved those, they always worked well for me. Is there anything like that around, anymore? (Keep in mind I'm talking 1980s when I was actively creating art.)
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 19th Jan 2013, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
I searched Amazon and Google for the Grumann pens but didn't get any hits at all, so I'm guessing they are no more. The closest I get are lots of hits on those colorless blender markers.
Unka John 17th Jan 2013, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
Unka John
I always stuck with watercolor myself. It was pretty quick but I'm not sure I'd take the time to color if I were to start back up again.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 19th Jan 2013, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
I am perpetually tempted, but watercolor hates me even though I think it's beautiful when it's well done. Still, it's something I will try sooner or later as I experiment with every "look" under the sun as I search for my favorite technique.
EdInFresno 19th Jan 2013, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Experimentation sure never hurt. I saw one post earlier this week where someone posted the pic results of their experimentation with, of all things, fingernail polish! Hey, if it works, it works!