Thursday, September 07, 2006

Lurid colouring book cautionary tale

I drew this for my photoshop students. We teach them a neat little method for colouring an inked drawing, plus get into a bit of colour theory.

Guy putting the moves on is supposed to be a "Ted," though he sort of turned out looking like a certain pet detective.


Keating said...

Hah, awesome. What is your coloring trick? :) I color constantly so I like tricks.

It's got a bit of a ren & stimpy vibe, the sort of squishiness of the faces I think.

Good stuff!

David Gale said...

Thanks. Not really a trick, just a process. I'm sure its nothing that you don't already know. We don't really get into any of the cool painterly stuff that you do.

Alls it involves is putting the lines layer on top and setting it as multiply, making selections on the lines layer and expanding by a few pixels (so that the blocks of colour fit together snuggly underneath), and simply filling in the selections on different layers.

As for the R&S thing, yea I've been spending a lot of time on John K's blog. I've also been looking at Will Eisner (did "The Shadow")and I think (or maybe just hope) that that's starting to show up a little there too.

Jennifer B. said...

Dave I hope I get to take one of your classes some day.

Keating said...

Will Eisner did 'The Spirit' actually :) But that's pretty close.

Yeah, that's essentially how I do the comic coloring I do from time to time. Or generally a process of making color flats under the linework. Then using those ( Drawing with the pencil tool for clean selection ) to make selections. Basically the same thing. Alot of comic art just has big gaps in the linework so selecting the line layer won't always work.

Cool stuff :)

David Gale said...

Shit yea you're right it was the spirit!

Have you ever taken a look at his book, btw? I think its called comics and sequential art or something. Its worth a look.

Keating said...

Yeah, his books on comic art are pretty amazing. It's a little tiny bit old fashioned, since he obviously didn't have much in the way of european or Japanese input. But it's still an awesome dissection of american comic art and storytelling.

Plus he can draw his ass off.