This week’s tutorial goes over how use color to enhance your comic art.
Adding color to your comics adds vibrancy and extra dimension but first you must choreograph your palette. Make sure to choose colors that serve the mood of the scene.
Choreograph you color scheme.
According to color theory certain colors create indications of temperature, emotion and movement in space.
Warm colors push forward in space.
Warm colors which includes reds, oranges & yellows are indicative of intensity or anger and moves forward in space.
Cool Colors recede back into space.
Cool colors which includes blues, most greens & various grays often indicate calmness & tranquility and receding back into space.
Comic Coloring Rules of Thumb
Keep these principles in mind to make the best decisions in coloring your comics.
Decide on areas of focus.
The focus area will be the most saturated and have the most intense color.
Color details need to enhance the line art.
The line art should inform how you color.
Work from dark to light.
Indicate the shady areas and shadows.
Shading gives your art more depth.
Reinforce the light source.
The brush must serve the line work.
Does the texture of your brush help or hinder the artwork?
Model your figures and objects using values.
Simple modeling works best to not muddy the line work.
Enhancing the narrative.
These basic principles are helpful when setting up spatial planes, indicating mood or emotion, when framing and establishing focal points.
Always consider the context of the scene.
Color application is useful for adding emotional impact and extra dimension to line art. Apply these principles consciously to enhance aspects of the visual narrative.
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