Comic 188 - On the Boardwalk - Page 04

22nd Jan 2018, 8:08 AM in On the Boardwalk
On the Boardwalk - Page 04
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)

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Author Notes:

22nd Jan 2018, 8:08 AM
Stever
Back in the day we called this guy, the Purple Passion. XD

It's January and it's raining like a bastard here this morning, but it's not snow and ice, so I really should shut my sandwich vacuum.

I forgot to mention that I've changed the way I color my pages since the last chapter. It's something that I came across while reading "Shop Talk" by Will Eisner. He was interviewing Harvey Kurtzman and they were getting into his actual process and Harvey lays out this really interesting way of using theme colors to make make your pages harmonize more. Let's take my chapter here as an example. The theme color is bright yellow because they're out in the Miami sun. I start out by putting in my flat colors the same way as usual, but then on a layer behind that I fill the whole thing with yellow. Then I adjust my flat colors layer to 85% opacity. When I do my shadows, instead of just using slightly darker versions of the flat colors, I take a dark complement of my theme color (In this case purple), and create a new layer and set the opacity at 35%. Then you lay in all your shadows. When Harvey was doing this back in the day, they were using paint, but in adapting it for my digital coloring I feel like I have a little more control over the emotional core or temperature of the page.

Next update on Thursday.
Cheers!

Comments:

22nd Jan 2018, 9:11 AM
snuffysam
Yeah, I really like your coloring in this chapter. The yellows really help convey that Miami environment.
22nd Jan 2018, 3:10 PM
Stever
Thanks! There's so many different schools of thought on coloring, and I like to try and tie into the story if possible.
22nd Jan 2018, 12:39 PM
ChilPhil
Seems like a responsible bartender. He isn't just out there to make money.
22nd Jan 2018, 3:09 PM
Stever
Responsibility in a bartender isn't exactly what we were looking for. XD
22nd Jan 2018, 4:36 PM
machinehead
Of course he doesn't want them to keep drinking. They are belligerent already. lol
22nd Jan 2018, 7:22 PM
Stever
Well, looking back I can certainly appreciate that, but at this point in my life, belligerence was job one. ;D
22nd Jan 2018, 4:52 PM
Matt Knab
As long as there's not a big muscly bouncer to step in if the customers get too mouthy. ;)
22nd Jan 2018, 7:22 PM
Stever
The dick hole behind the counter is muscly enough. XD
22nd Jan 2018, 5:56 PM
Dera Nuel
Lol. We know how far these guys can go when their drunk.
22nd Jan 2018, 7:24 PM
Stever
Trying to head off the inevitable disaster. XD
22nd Jan 2018, 6:14 PM
LOL! Such anger
22nd Jan 2018, 7:28 PM
Stever
There's always a chance things can turn ugly at the Tiki bar.
22nd Jan 2018, 8:07 PM
Chippewa Ghost
Assuming you guys tipped like rock stars, there's absolutely no reason for staff to get all Puritan on a couple dudes having a good time. Money, like liquor, is a fine lubricant.
22nd Jan 2018, 8:35 PM
Stever
Cork’s a big tipper because he demands a certain level of service. I’m a poor bastard, so I have to stick to 20%. ;D
22nd Jan 2018, 8:16 PM
jackbauer
The coloring is really nice! Would you ever print this comic into a big omnibus style book?
22nd Jan 2018, 8:37 PM
Stever
Thanks! I really do hope to put this in an omnibus once I finish this third volume.
22nd Jan 2018, 9:22 PM
Seabiscuit
Thaaaats how you get spit in your drinks D:
23rd Jan 2018, 7:57 AM
Stever
That would be fine. If we could get the drink. XD
23rd Jan 2018, 1:38 AM
On the content: Arguing with bartenders is how to get cut off or bounced, and if someone I'm drunk-minding ever starts doing such a thing I recognize that as cue type 3 for when the drunk is done and needs to switch to water. (Type 2 is failing consciousness/coherence, and type 1 is "reverse flow events.")

On the colouring, that's interesting, but I am not sure what you're intending regarding 'the emotional core/temperature of the page.' What I noticed was how the yellow fits because it suggests this as a physically warm to hot place, moderately lit from outside natural light, and supports a building interior that's dominated by shades of browns. (That fits what I'd expect of a tiki bar anyhow.)
23rd Jan 2018, 8:10 AM
Stever
Well, arguing with bartenders is half the fun of being a drunk, and of course a great way to get bounced, but when your young and full of piss and vinegar, you do it anyway. ;D

Ok. "Emotional Core". This is a little more subjective, but let's say I'm doing a scene where a character is being put in a threatening environment. I might use red as a theme color help give that feeling of unease or danger. Or I might use green for harmony or blue to indicate calm or stability. If you go into the psychology of colors you can use them for more than just environmental cues.