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posted May 22, 2015, 9:08 AM by Jacob Evans   [ updated May 22, 2015, 9:28 AM ]

Hey folks, I’m going to be honest with you, I’m right out straight with these comic book teams, so there’s probably not going to be a text post tonight. Hopefully tomorrow.

So far, this has been a really cool contest thing. One group is super professional and organized, everyone preps for their job ahead of time and communicates really well. It’s super easy, but still generates work that cuts into my project time. The other group is a little more chaotic, but I think I’m more invested in it because I seem to have become our writer/teamwork wrangler (I swear if this was a mutiny it was the most passive one I’ve ever been a part of). I’ve got a setting, characters, and story I really want to bring to life there and I find myself spending a lot, and I mean a lot of time trying to get it right. They’re a fun and easygoing group to work with, so it’s pretty great.

So here’s a few quick samples to give you an idea as to what I’m working on. These two are from the first group, the story there is a sort of cyberpunk heist dealie, and the line artist hammered out some really cool files complete with shading, crosshatching, and even that dot pattern thing whose name I forget, so I went for a kind of softglow neon with some watercolor texture, sort of like Lovelyss (albeit probably not as good). Coloring under (and above) all that predone shading and texture is really interesting, and surprisingly easy, so I had quite a bit of fun trying new things. That group has some really cool ideas for using subtle color coding for our two star-crossed lovers, so that makes my job interesting, and weirdly significant, which I really appreciate.

It's basically exactly what I was looking for when I signed up as a colorist, someone gives me fancy premade files prepped with everything I might need, along with an idea as to what they want, and I just go ahead and slap some color on it. 

My other group stumbled a little at first when our writer suffered from a medical emergency, so I ended up sort of taking the reins and organizing things. He’d wanted to do something involving classicism and a riot, so I pitched a story involving a union dispute set in a standard-issue fantasy world with the timeline moved up to the early industrial age and we ended up doing that. It’s got a lot of cool early-American-industrial-revolution-mixed-with-magic/fantasy aesthetics, and some colorful side characters I’m really excited to share, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Truth be told, I didn't sign up as a writer because I don't normally do love stories (the closest you'll usually get from me is two violent, codependent survivalists against the world -- I don't know what to tell you, it's just not my thing at the moment) so the whole star-crossed lovers thing seemed out of my depth, but I kind of got around that by telling a story around them, with emphasis on the side characters and setting.

I haven’t started coloring yet because I’m sort of helping to prep the line art, (our line artist is awesome but he’s on three teams so he’s stretched pretty thin) so these ones’ll be in black and white for a little while. These are some I meddled with extensively, -- I drew the factory background/machines up there in pencil and inked it on the tablet, and I think I’ve finally got the hang of making my lines look halfway smooth and decent, at least compared to my early machines comics. Varying line thickness ect still eludes me for the moment, but any progress is progress, I suppose.

Anyways, that’s it for today, enjoy the arts and I’ll be sure to show off the comics themselves once they’re ready.