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Holding out for a Hero

17th Feb 2013, 4:41 PM in The Midnight Avenger
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Holding out for a Hero
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KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Feb 2013, 4:41 PM edit delete
A double-barreled blast of KFP this time! I had a little free time, for once, so I thought I would try coloring this strip. This, obviously, is the color version, and you can click "Previous" up above for the pen & ink version. I'll be curious to hear what people think of this little comparison test. This does NOT mean KFP is going color, because I just don't have the time, but I may try to slip a color strip in every so often as circumstances allow.

As for George, well, there's an old adage about no good deeds going unpunished...
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Unka John 17th Feb 2013, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Unka John
Kind of a Will Eisner first panel ya got there. I'm with you on the B&W preference. If I were to do another web comic it probably wouldn't be in color either.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Feb 2013, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
The difference for me is how much more enthusiasm I have for the work when it's just in B&W. I feel like the storytelling flows faster and more smoothly - Color seems to always end up feeling like this giant onerous burden to have to slog through at the end of making the strip. I enjoy it, but I'm not sure it's worth the time for something that isn't paying any income.
FWIW, the above was colored in Photoshop, then everything but the imaginary Midnight Avenger was desaturated to the faded look I wanted.
cattservant 17th Feb 2013, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Color is nice, but it sort of reduces the story's impact. The old fork in the road thing...
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Feb 2013, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
For me it's an expression-reducer. I think their facial expressions come off much stronger with the distraction of color. I may be weird, though.
Unka John 17th Feb 2013, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Unka John
In my case I found color to slow down the entire process. It became yet another compositional consideration. More cost, as it were with no corresponding increase in benefit. And half the time the readership had no real idea what I was doing with the color anyway.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Feb 2013, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Unfortunately the increase in benefit seems mainly to come from all the extra readers who will take notice when they normally ignore anything that isn't in color...
Draginbeard 17th Feb 2013, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Well, I enjoyed both versions, but I have to say I liked the color page better. It had a stronger sense of depth, while retaining its playful spirit. Im no critic, all I can tell you is that in this instance, the color page is my favorite.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th Feb 2013, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
The big advantage of the colored version is that it conveys the period feel a lot more strongly, I think. The B&W ones could often be set in any time, but with the color one, you only have to glance at her outfit and George's color scheme to immediately think this is 70's era.
gary cramer 18th Feb 2013, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
gary cramer
As you know, I'm going thru the same thing with coloring, but I would have to say that I really like the tones that you used. Time is always a consideration but I look at my art for the long run, is it worth it? You'll have to decide that for yourself.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 18th Feb 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
It took me about two days extra to do the coloring. Not full days, mind, just working it in when I had the free time. I don't know, I can't make up my mind. Your strip is so well drawn and striking that it doesn't need color, IMO, but my toon style is really simple and the colors can help to punch it up some. But, the extra time would mean at least one less update each month...
Blurlok 18th Feb 2013, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
I'm still partial to the color and while I don't think it reduces facial expressions at least on close ups, nothing is lost in the b/w version. I noticed the patchwork pants and sweater vest in the b/w and planned to comment on them prior to viewing the color version commentary. But you're right on with the payback - it's not a necessity especially for unpaid time. Plus look what Walking Dead did for b/w comics. :)
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 18th Feb 2013, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
I can't rationally explain why I like the B&W better for expressions - Maybe it's just the binary nature of the image that makes my eye pay extra attention to the subtleties of linework around eyes and such. For me it's a mix - I like the pen & ink faces better, but the color version has more "70's feel" and some details work better (It's much easier to spot the girl on the ledge in the first panel, for instance, when she's in contrasting color).
Thanks for your input!
chancellor 3rd Mar 2013, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Color is better, no doubt. It conveys a much richer emotion, one can better feel the hour of the night, etc.

I would suggest you color one every week or so, and gradually develop speed coloring. Easily said, ain't it!?
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 3rd Mar 2013, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
That's sort of what I'm planning - I'm going to finish this particular encounter on the ledge in all-color for the sake of consistency, then go back to pen & ink with occasional color strips interspersed. Also, probably a lot of experimental coloring "looks" as I play with different ideas. And... "Speed coloring"? What is that? :D (Though admittedly I have gotten much faster with the color flatting now)
chancellor 4th Mar 2013, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Speed coloring = coloring speed when I'm really tired...