Thursday, March 30, 2006

Color Me Infinite - Step Four: FX-B

[Alex]

UPDATED FINAL COVER.

Details, details--used  some smoke and dust particles to help separate Supes from the foreground. To finish it off, I added the beams of light coming thru Superman which accentuate his blacks and gave the piece a nice intensity.

Click Save and cross my fingers as I send a JPEG off for approval!

Sinc'

34 comments:

Batgirls--itch said...
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Batgirls--itch said...

This is all too good to believe. Thanks for the insight regarding color Alex. Your stuff is SPECTACULAR!

Inkblotz said...

Awesome stuff man!!!!

It 's cool to see your process and how you approach it and to see the picture evolve.

~Chris

GoingNuckinFuts said...

When I first clicked on the link and saw a colored version of the cover...for a brief second I was wondering "Who can it be this time??" Jim does pencil...Sandra did the inking...whos doing the coloring?? haha

I think this is great what you guys are doing. Sucking more poeple into putting up entries cause if there's anything we learned from this blog is that you guys can get pretty busy and have no time to update. So having more people fill in for ya is a good move. And thanx again for taking up the suggestion from us!

btw did I mention thats just f*cken amazing?

Peter said...

Hey Alex, we meet at the con , this help s break it down easier and makes more sense, thxs for posting it's helpfull.

Sinc' said...

Glad you guys like it! Thank you for the kind posts and to Eddy CHoi for helping me get this on the Blog.

Alex-

No Ears said...

hey, as a fellow sequential arts guy, I really appreciate the time you guys put into this blog. I come here looking forward to any lessons that I can learn. Thanks for all the tips, it has helped me out in more ways than I can count.

thanks,

Tyler "TheDeafGuy" Niccum

Trish said...

You ROCK. I hate you. But you know that really means I love you. It's gorgeous.

Andreas said...

Alex, that is wonderful work. Glad you posted the colors to this. It was great seeing how Sandra approached the inks, but to see those beautiful inks turned into this was awesome.

meek? said...

OMG!! Now Alex Sinclair! :D

Thanks for the step-by-step, sir. As well as full disclosure of tools/weapons! Gorgeous work as always!

If you're still around, any book recommendations or resources on the history of digital coloring (in comics)? I know you're the man to go to for this type o' thing. Thanks!

Peace...

Inkblotz said...

Hey Meek,

I am sure that Mr. Sinclair may have some other suggestions but a good book for some history and to learn how to gat started in coloring comics is "The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics"

You can probaly find it at a local book store or on Amazon.

It is pretty imformitive and has some cool stff in there too.

~Chris

Sinc' said...

Chris is right. Chiarello's (aka color master extraordinaire) DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics is by far the best book out there that shows how to color comics. It gives a quick review of how coloring was done as well. I would also look at color theory books. My favorite is "The Elements of Color" by Itten. I also like to buy interior design books--those folks show color combinations that you would never guess would look good.

Alex-

meek? said...

Right on! Many thanks, Chris and Alex! :]

*off to find the books*

Peace...

musicgenerator said...

realy nice man, ever thought of filming a cover than uploading it on the site? would be cool

MadPowerBomber said...

Okay, so this question came up to myself while I was writing a fanboyish post in my livejournal about things WildStormish... but seriously, why are the best computer colorists in this little industry all from WildStorm? What did you guys do? There's Laura Martin, there's YOU, Mr. Sinclair, there's Jessica Ruffner-Booth, and a bunch more that I'm forgetting, and all of you color in such drastically different ways, but all of it makes everything else being done in comes look... almost amatuerish. The only non-WildStorm computer colorist that I can name off the top of my head whose work I thought was absolutely amazing is Brian Haberlin -- well, and Masamune Shirow, but he doesn't count.

Inkblotz said...

My thought is that Wildstorm, while they were with Image and after, has always seems to have sought to be at the leading edge with the things that can take comics to it's highest level.

Digital Coloring, if you think about it, is the biggest change to happen in comics since their inception. Everything else is still done in the same basic ways. Pencilers still pencil and inkers ink with the same tools, for the most part, that have been around for a long time(although there have been improvments in quality and technique).

But with the advent of computer coloring Comics have been able to make a leap that, 15 years ago, would have been almost impossible.

I think that the folks at WS saw this coming and were on the leading edge even when other publishers were not willing to make the commitment and leap into digital coloring. As a result their colorists were ahaed of the curve when others started to see the great benefits of digital coloring.

Plus when you color art like Jim's, Ale's and Carlos' (Rich too ;) how can you be satisfied to lay down some leess than steller colors?

Ok enough of my rambling.

~Chris

Ariel Aguire said...

Hey, madpowerbomber, it's funny 'cause I'm pretty sure Brian Haberlin did actually work for Wildstorm back in the day (at least as a color separator if I'm not mistaken).

Anyway, Mr. Sinclair, WOW, I AM IN TOTAL AWE OF YOUR AWESOMENESS! I actually just recently bought the DC Guide to Coloring and Lettering and I can totally vouch for how great it is, but nonetheless, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to show the steps the way you did (and work tools, of course).

You, sir, are a total MASTER and I LOVE your work, I totally think you (and colorists in general) don't get the credit they deserve but hopefully these types of posts will help show people just how important color is in enhancing the final look of the artwork to make it look as great as it does once published.

PLEASE stick around or at least stop by every once in a while, at least to give us more insight into your work, and if possible showing other works-in-progress or step-by-step demonstrations like this (that goes for inker-extraordinaire Sandra Hope too)

THANKS AGAIN, DUDE!!!!!

- Ariel

ps: I'm glad your injury's not serious, hope you're doing better now. Bye!!!!!!!

Marvin Durán said...

Alex... great piece!! But I would also like to read blog with a little more insight on the "tools and techniques"... for instance, you use photoshop, but how to do you separate the black ink so it looks so black? how do you apply mask? what % of transparency? aat what DPI setting do you work?, etc... I think you get it... great work again!!
Best!

- marvin duran

Sinc' said...

Marvin,

The coloring comic books the DC way covers all that stuff in detail. Here's some quick answers. 1)I place the line art on a separate alpha channel to avoid affecting it with the color.2)I use the lasso and wand tool to select/mask object to color.3)I work at 11"x17" and 450 DPI. I recommend getting Chiarello's book for more answers.

Alex-

Eric Vanic said...

damn! your work is amazing

Winterbourne said...

Chiarello's book is SERIOUSLY AWESOME. I have it in front of me right now.

Frankly, it was more straightforward than HALF MY CLASSES. (Graphics student. Good times.)

Wicked stuff. I love the palette and sense of three-dimensionality. Plus the colour holds work really well. I'm still scared of colour holds.

To summarize: awesome.

SteveW said...

Thanks for posting this great stuff ,

syrtheone said...

You guys are on the cutting edge!! DC comics made probably the smartest move in comics when they bought WS. You guys are simply the best...Alex...I am speachless. So long as you guys keep the same attitude of working with the best instead of against them, you will always be on top.

Alina Chau said...

Amazing illustration, and thanks for sharing the different version and technique!

TranquilFlow said...

Your work has seriously enhanced the quality of the picture....Great Job! Nice lighting and cast shadows!

Neo said...

Alex
Jim's good but you make him look "really" good :-)lol
I think the colourists can be unsung heroes. Nice to see you jump in and contribute. I'm into digital oil portraiture work and just love my wacom+laptop. Gotta love that technology!
Thanks
Neo

dustin said...

very nice alex! you should really consider doing this stuff for a living someday.
plus with your skills, i think you'd have no problem jugglin a book or two every month, easily.

here's hoping you get to do more intersting work than these entry level submissions seen here.

keep up the fantastic work!

Sinc' said...

Thanks to everyone for all their compliments! I am glad you enjoyed these posts.

And you Dustin, I was wondering when you would show up and rain on my parade. My real estate agent mentioned he found a nice shack for you in TJ. :D

Sinc'

dustin said...

man, what are you talking about!? those were all valid compliments...

so yeah.. TJ, huh? i'm there! that's right down the street from WS studios right?

Marvin Durán said...

Thanks Sync, I'll check out those books!

ps: anybody need a shack in TJ? I know the best places...

MforMarc said...

IT'S BEAUTIFUL!

lobocomics said...

Alex:

Me acabo de enterar por un cuate que te conocio en Wizardworld Los Angeles que eres Mexicano, (incluso tiene una foto tuya con la camisa de la seleccion) que chido, oye nunca habia visto paso a paso el proceso de coloreado-..-- maestro, es impresionante... saludos y que envidia estar trabajando con Jim....

Jon D said...

I think it looks really cool. its so cool how you show the different stages you go throught to get the finished piece, it must help a lot of people seeing what is involved in the business of inking and colouring. hopefully one day I'll get my stuff inked and coloured by pros like you guys and gals.

Jon

syrtheone said...

Amazing!!! Sometimes you just have to marvel at what a program like photoshop can do in the hand of true experts like Alex.

As an artist you usually only see a glimbs of what you can do. Looking at this, I truely wish I was that capable right now.