oooooooooh I like the dramatic coloring for dark rooms lol
Ahh, i've gotta say, despite the changing results you've had with colors in this whole comic, i love that color plays such a huge part in your stories. I am afraid of color and have no idea what to do with it. your bravery is laudable! and it's totally paying off. I love the color in the this page. There's so much of it! Even the green walls. Why not, right?
@Bluezilla: I've had a really difficult time with color and I still struggle with it a lot because it doesn't come to me intuitively. But I did a lot of research on painting technique the past few months and it made a world of difference. I realized that I don't need to make everything photo-realistically colored, and that the beauty of fiction is that I get to "warp" color to get me to do what I want it to do. The results of this experimentation are varied but I can feel things becoming just a little more easy!!
@mitchellbravo: the scenes where Aggie actually gets to her new place with Donnie have great details on the walls & floor, particularly. that whole thing about not doing photorealism is something i'm still having to beat into my head too. i'm glad it's working better for you!
(whoa, LEARNING about art rather than just DOING art? who'dathunk? :p)
@Bluezilla: Thanks so much!! I felt pretty confident about the way that scene looked :D
And I know right??? Lmao, if only I'd started caring about this earlier
Your colouring keeps getting better and better! And I agree, colouring doesn't have to be about photorealism - a lot of it isn't even how stuff looks, just "I know tree bark is supposed to be brown" even though I swear it can look red, yellow or even blue depending on lighting, knowledge sort of getting in the way of noticing visual effects and such. That dark room looks great - it might not be EXACTLY how the colours would be in life but it FEELS like a dark room and that should do it! :D
@Oly-RRR: Thanks!! And that's exactly what I'm so glad I learned. Like no, when you turn your lights out your room doesn't actually turn blue, but it might *feel* blue :P It's a little late in the game for me to have finally learned it- I probably could have done some nice things with mood colors in, for example, the prom chatper- but it's all a part of the learning experience. Hehe, I guess I write to understand other people, and I draw to understand art :P
@mitchellbravo: I think these things always feel like something you should have figured out sooner - or at least I learned it pretty late too. Like I remember I used to see all shadows on the ground as grey/black because I knew that a shadow is an absence of light and it took me a while to learn to notice how they can look very colourful too.
@Oly-RRR: Yup yup yup!! I think a lot of artists have that issue until it gets beaten into us that it doesn't work that way. I still struggle sometimes with shadow temperature but I figure it's okay to take liberties with it as long as it looks alright in the end :P
Colored lighting to represent shadows is always something I've been wanting to experiment with, even in my earliest days. I grew up mostly reading Archie comics which had little to no lighting effects for me to base ideas on.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: Archie comics were my jam, man! Probably my hugest inspiration art-wise. but yeah, not much in the way of inventive/creative coloring and lighting. Neat lineart and character designs, but not much coloring to inspire.
@mitchellbravo: You got to love Archie's pink plaid pants that he wore surprisingly often.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: Argh, yes.