This week, I have managed to finish all the digital colouring on my Fwendly Fwuit: Winter Wonders book!! I am now onto the next stage of lettering! It’s getting there piece by piece, but more updates to come soon!
Last year when I started colouring Fwendly Fwuit, I wanted to go digital with the colouring and use Photoshop instead of watercolours which I used for the first one. However, I hadn’t really explored the possibilities of the program and really wanted to have a play with it and explore, and what better templates to use than a professional’s lineart?
A couple years ago, I met Dave Taylor at Malta Comicon and he kindly let me have a copy of his lineart for a page that appeared in 2000AD Prog 1948 last year. I really liked colouring Dave’s work which has a very clean and well informed line. It can be strange to colour someone else’s work at first, as you have to interpret the shading/light sources/effects etc, but I found it quite intuitive with Dave’s art. Some panels he shades to show where the light source is coming from and others he leaves it open for interpretation.
I really wanted to have a go with: placing light sources, using textures and seing if they have any effect over a flat colour (they do) and my favourite bit, using digital collage to create the futuristic Mega City One. I really enjoyed compiling different photos I had taken of buildings from my travels to New York, Hong Kong, Paris and where I’m based, London, to conceptualise what the city might look like…
Anyway, here’s my process: