I was worried that I had colored the characters to lightly but then I printed a photocopy and they all looked just right. The only thing was the background came out a bit to dark but I had a feeling that was going to happen. But yeah, its starting to make sense now (not just the printing stuff). I was wondering if you had a chance to see this one (joshj81.deviantart.com/art/WSF… and maybe take the time to critique it for me?
Excellent job Josh! When are you going pro? You can certainly hack it against the majority of colorists out there. Light sources here, and there are many, are solid. Only critique I might give would be to push adjustment layers to give a some more definition between back, mid, and foreground characters.
I still might give this one a shot this weekend if I get snowed in. It's been so long since I've colored something, but Campbell's lines here might be too tasty to pass up.
Firstly, thanks! Second, my goal is in 4 more years to give a great shot at going professional. I will have retired from the military at that time and hopefully I will have learned enough to hack it. I have a ton of stuff to learn and one of them is what you just stated, working on showing proper contrast from fore, mid to background. The biggest thing is I'm lacking in speed (I heard Marte Garcia can push out 16 pages a day...!) and many other minimum understands about comics to make simple but pop and to not over render. I could go on and on what I need to work on but I think I'll just keep pushing each image out to try and get better with each one. Thanks again!
Gracia is a beast, I wish he would put out more vids of his process because I'd love to study it. His hard light work makes my jaw drop on a consistent basis. But he only got to that point through years of practice and trying new things. You're poised to take it there in the next 4, just keep pushing the envelope.
Speed is tough, probably the thing I struggle with the most as well, but again that comes with practice. Sean E basically stated in one of his recent journals that when you're coloring professionally you're often under a time crunch that you wouldn't be under if you were just coloring for fun, which actually helps you focus on what you /need/ to render in a piece vs. what you /can/ render. Maybe try some pieces where you set a time limit for yourself and watch the clock.
Your quality is pretty on point, you just need to smooth out those rough edges. Frankly I hadn't picked up a comic book, not a graphic novel mind you, in a good many years until recently and I was surprised at the varying degrees of quality from issue to issue in a particular title. Your stuff is as good if not better than some of the colors I've seen make it to the printers, and if those guys can get paid you, and a lot of the talent that shows up consistently to the BA battles, certainly could as well.
I've been able to figure out what his is doing with the hard light mode for the most part. It's the skin tones I don't understand. Not sure what color his is using to get a nature tone with. Mine turn orange....can't seem to control so I just use normal mode on most skins. The biggest thing that I would love to be able to do is his cuts. Just simply smooth and on point, def many years of practice.