Sunday, March 23, 2014

Coloring Books

The digital coloring is complete for Volume 3 issues 19 through 23. This will comprise Comic Collection #8. Below will give you an idea of the difference. In the image, on the left is a scan of the original comic page and on the right is the new coloring. Besides the improvement in quality, mistakes are being fixed along the way. And every page has several mistakes. For most of the books, I indicated the coloring. This was done by making photocopies of each page to printed size. I then colored the photocopies with Prismacolor markers because they wouldn't smear the photocopy ink or bleed on the paper. Each area of color was then marked referencing a color chart from the printer. Each color had it's own id number. Tony Caputo allowed me to do 3-4 gradients per book. The fewer the better because they cost extra.

Many of the mistakes in coloring were due to the printer not following my marker indications exactly. So, sometimes you'd get a character's hand colored the color of their arm sleeve. And then there are the books that weren't colored by myself, and all I have to do is refer you to issues 16 and 25 of Volume 3. In the image below, on the left is a panel from issue 16 colored by the NOW staff, and on the right is the same panel that I did from issue 25. In the panel colored by the NOW staff, you can't even tell the dad is wearing a tie, and all of the cross hatching in the background, which takes time to execute, disappeared in a dark blue blur. Needless to say, I wasn't pleased. After crap like that, I was not the friend of the NOW staff.


Blogger Frank said...

wow...huge difference...keep pluggin' away they look great!

4/02/2014 2:30 PM  
Blogger Eddie Mulnix said...

Hey Marc, I always wondered why the coloring in Vol. 3 #8 (The one with the "bad boss," Mortimer Gerg) looked different than every other issue. I liked the look of it.Whatever technique you used, I figure it must have been more expensive, and Caputo nixed it. No?

4/06/2014 9:35 AM  
Blogger Marc Hansen said...

Eddie, I'll answer your question in a new blog post.

4/06/2014 10:30 AM  
Blogger Joseph DR said...

Wow, great improvement! I never knew there was so much involved in coloring back then.

4/18/2014 9:00 PM  

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