Sunday, 24 April 2011

Colour and inking Finishes

Following the decent outcome of my last colour test I wanted to try it again but this time on a digitally inked piece.

This is the text I have been using to create this 2-page spread

The Funny Dream

Written by Marie Birknshaw

“Well, I never!” said the turtle.
“Did you see that ostrich Fly?”
“Well, I never!” said the ostrich.
“There’s a sheep in the sky.”

“Well, I never!” said the sheep.
“Did you see that Tortoise run?”
“Well, I never!” said the Tortoise.
“There’s a mole in the sun.”

“Well, I never!” said the mole.
“Did you hear that dormouse roar?”
“Well, I never!” said the dormouse.
“What’s that there on the floor.”?

“Well, I never” said the girl
“I thought I heard a scream.”
“Well, I never” said the girl
“What a very funny dream!”

The context of the rhyme is what really made me think outside the target demographic barrier this story is aimed at. I wanted to mature this simple narrative by setting it in a challenging 
time and idea.

I decided to set the comic in the 50s and make all characters animalmophric Just because of my current interest in to the quality of Juanjo Guarnidos colours and designs in the comic series BLACKSAD.

The middle image of the first page of Blacksad volume 3 i found really eye catching with the over dosing use of sleazily mucky yellow and brown that similar scheme is   found in my experiment. 

I used a lot of the horse photos as a guideline for the running panels and also copied some of the existing compositions in to the story to aid me in my visuals.  

Also drawing horses and individual anthropomorphic characters was something I had a lot of trouble with so that’s another reason why I choose to do this quite twisted obscure story on something that’s really innocent fun.


I feel slightly more positive about this three-coloured experiment I believe it does more justice to the period it’s parodying its not too dark or lighthearted it has the right amount of tension from my point of view. My second goal was also not to copy the oblivious Junanjos style I mean. There are connections to his work and mine but my limited palette makes this feel a lot more personal than a rip off of an existing formula.

What worked?

  • ·      Using a digital method of inking leaves more free space and time to alter the original pencil lines and looking in to the depth and distance of characters and objects both foreground and back.
  • ·      The merging of the mucky green and light orange scheme shows that vintage timeless feeling petty well.
  • ·      The darker shadows display the crowded squashed scenes decently this is contrasted by the cream coloured highlights of the actual race.
  • ·      The exploration of camera angles and subject to subject shots show intendancy with the characters and there horses.
  • ·      I really adore the 2nd page last panel perspective on the body and the spotlight effect
  • ·      I feel most of my character designs including the background figures show action and life but also fear and excitement within the spreads.

What did not work?

  • ·      Even though I stuck two three colours the colour seems to put slight more variation in the crowd scenes just does not feel as there’s a delicate consistency.
  • ·      Certain thick inked lines look out of place with the rest of the focused subjects on the. panels example the roof girders and lamp on the 2nd page last panel
  • ·      The over all finish is not slick or structure so not all marks are restricted within there requested lines. 


This comic feels like its pushing me in to the correct path it seems that these two experiments have made me realize the importance of colour schemes in your work.

That being said I would like to continue discovering more relevant colour schemes as well as developing on my line quality.

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