Pete Woods was kind enough to send me some full res linework a while back when I was first trying to get into this crazy coloring biz. I tried a few of them right after I got them, but I wasn’t ready. Pete’s work on these is very open lined and leaves a lot for the colorist to make or break. I’m still learning (as you can see). Thanks, Pete!
I did a little artist visit at a local elementary school the other day and the teacher had requested a list of books I would recommend for kids wanting to learn how to make comics or just become a freelance artist. This is what I came up with so I thought I’d share it here, too.
Recommendations from a comic professional
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
By Stan Lee & John Buscema
How to Draw and Sell Comic Strips
By Alan McKenzie
By Scott McCloud
By Scott McCloud
The DC Comics Guide to… Series (Writing, Pencilling, Inking, Coloring and Lettering, Digitally Drawing)
Hi-Fi Color for Comics
By Brian & Kristy Miller
High School or above (may contain artistic nudity for figure work):
Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth
By Andrew Loomis
Drawing the Head & Figure
By Jack Hamm
Comics & Sequential Art
By Will Eisner
Another figure drawing I did using Marcus Ranum’s stock photo from Deviant Art. Done in Photoshop CS6 on an Cintiq in about 45 minutes.
I actually did a HD screen capture video of me drawing this and had my mic on so I talked through it as I worked. You can see it on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDvvD31ijIc
I still have a long way to go on this figure drawing stuff, but I feel better with each one.
Another page I found flatted on DeviantArt.com in the Flats for Colorists group. Thanks guys!
This page was informed by my recent critiques on my X-Men and Batman pages. I tried to make more specific storytelling choices, like making the bg more neutral green to contrast with the figures. Still working on my female rendering. I have a natural desire to render the hell out of stuff and that just doesn’t work on women, especially the soft figures of Drew Johnson. A soft touch and blended edges seemed to be the key.
Wonder Woman v3, no7, pg6
Pencils: Drew Johnson
Inks: Jorge Copo (not the inker from the published book, but used the original pencils)
Flats: XganglyX on DA
So Laura Martin posted a great critique of my X-Men pages I posted a few days ago. So greatfull for her time and insight. Here is the page using the info I got from her. You can read her critique here (http://www.dave-co.com/gutterzombie/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=16360&sid=9bc4a6506408ba9b7d476adeb8f54494&p=157354#p157354) if you are interested.
Another from a cropped stock photo by Marcus Ranum. This one had a cool overhead rear lighting that I might need to use in some of my coloring work. It also helps to see the forms lit in multiple ways to get a better understanding of them as 3-dimensional objects.
I did this one more painterly. I didn’t ink it and skipped the flats–just roughed in contours and then went straight to painting.