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Episode 5: COMIC COLORING, Part 1!

Updated: Aug 1, 2021


Let me first start off by saying that I have remorseful feelings about starting this "episode" business in the title. It seems silly. Like, perhaps "week 5" would be more appropriate. But, at this point, I've already done three this way and it feels as though I'm committed now. Also note, I've moved away from Roman numerals because they seemed pretentious...plus, looking up the next one every week seemed a little too labor intensive and ain't nobody got time for that.

I digress, this week we jumped into coloring with both feet!


I found loads of tutorial videos on the interwebs, however many of them just frustrated me because I'm not coloring my work digitally. I am depending on my tried and true watercolor set to get me through (like the dinosaur I am.)

(I'm tired and having too much fun finding GIFs. Apologies.)

I started with some basic tutorials on color theory and comic coloring methods. The two that I found the most valuable were the following.

I have a pretty good understanding of color and how it affects the tone and mood of a piece. However, I haven't revisited color theory in depth in quite a while and this video provided an excellent crash course as it discussed different effective color combinations that artists often use to create appealing pieces that utilize color to help emphasize composition, guiding the viewers' eye through the piece effortlessly.

It also raised a few additional questions for me. Comic colorists need to be masters (disclaimer, I am not) at this as they need to guide readers through a whole page visually and in a way that doesn't pull readers out of the story. Composition also has a lot to do with this, however when pages get so complex that when just inked, they turn into a jumble of beautiful lines, the colorist needs to make sense out of the chaos.

Both of these videos worked to answer my questions in a succinct and clear manner.

The artists discuss how colorists use color to emphasize the most important part of the frame, the piece most critical to the story line.

Next, I searched specific