Wednesday, 25 June 2008
First two Panels, And Colour Notes
These are the first two panels in the Robot Museum graphic novel, unless I rewrite it at some later point. The first page is all done and I'm well into the second. After I'm done page two I have to get back to the Scholastic story, so there will be a long pause before I post finished pages again. I would like to wait until I have a few pages done and then post them a page at a time, I was thinking of starting a second blog for just the finished pages. When I sat down to do this I realized that I didn't know what I was doing. I had spent so much time working out the story and the drawings that I found I hadn't given the colour scheme sufficient thought. And this is extremely important. I only had a vague idea, I had thought: I'll just colour it how I paint.That didn't work, it ended up looking confusing and lacking in clarity. So I spent time working it out and researching colour scemes in other peples work. The colourists I was really influenced by were Steve Hamaker who was one of the main Colourists on the Bone books, Dave Stewart who does the Hellboy books. I also looked at films that have colouring I really love, The Corpse Bride, The Iron Giant, Pixar Films, Blue Sky Studios films. I realized how important emotional colours are, that colour must serve the drama in comics. The hardest part was stopping myself from painting the foliage green.