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RockStar Color tests by zsabreuser RockStar Color tests by zsabreuser
I recently bought at NYC this book: DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering, and decided giving it's theories a shot at one of the pages I had drawn for SDCC. It's mainly based on color temperature stuff.

In the second pic, it's just the flats style I had used recently on the Psycho Jane pic, and on the third, I added shadows to see if I can still apply it to my regular stuff, still, toning down the over rendering.

Any opinions on it?
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:iconfreakcarlos:
FreakCarlos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student
It's great for your first experience on coloring comics...
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:iconzsabreuser:
zsabreuser Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks! It's not the first on comics, just the first using CMYK color path, it usually is less bright, so acid colors are less acid or bright, because they don't have light behind them, just like comic paper!
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TravisSmall Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The only time a difference is notable at first glance is in the facial features, the extra shadows add a bit more importance to their faces, giving you a bit more urgent feel,

I think it would work better as an option to bring out more drama in certain scenes rather than spending the time to add it to every page.
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's pretty good, color temperature-wise, but I really think you could push the values more (I think someone mentioned it in a list below, but I'm going to mention it on its own!). If you mess with light and dark a tiny bit more, you'll get some more focus of the parts you want the viewer to notice first. You've probably already seen it (I see you commenting on his stuff), but I'd take a second look at Ilias Kyriazis's coloring on his new GN: [link] The second to last page in particular. The way he darkens to foreground to point at the character? It's sweet.

(Still though, your colors are looking great!)
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I can totally see what you mean. I'm still practicing a lot of things on it, but I did completely forget about values in stuff. Illias is the man!
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The-Orange-One Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah lol you win at this- I like them both!:D
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eldeivi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
could you please transfer me a little bit of your artistic powers so i can visually rock the same as you????
you are a monster man, those pages are crazy!
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michaelharris Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
I think your current rendering overdoes it anyway, I am happy with the second one, but I don't like heavily rendered stuff anyway.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Artist
Sweet. Yeah, I'm looking for ways to continue coloring savvy, but not blowing the lines.
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a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the 3d panel has more depth to it and dynamics it seems
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks for posting. Yeah, I guess it's interesting to shade spots here and there!
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JudoJoe Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely cool.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you my friend!
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zak29 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Nice work!
The third seems richer to me and has a greater sensation of depth, it looks great!
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Sweet! Great to hear that, it seems the third is the winner, hehe
Thanks a lot!
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paexiedust Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
good lord, that's awesome~! The extra shading does add another layer of depth. I love your style and personally I don't think you're over-rendering on your regular stuff.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
DANDAN!
Thanks a lot, darlin'. I'm definately taking that in consideration.
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paexiedust Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
:heart:
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imager7 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
The third one definitely has more depth to it with that extra shadow layer, which def benefits your inks that much more.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Hmmm sweet! I'm looking for ways that the shadows doesn't overlap the inks, so I'm glad it was a happy experiment!
Thanks for replying :D
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imager7 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
No problemo :)
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shelde5000 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
I think you're a monster, you're a monster of rock. A monster of rock who cannot be stopped.

I also think i need to buy this book.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
So says the godzilla or rock! ahah
Thanks Shelly!

Yeah, it's pretty neat, though it has a lot of common sense stuff, but it's pretty interesting trying to apply all that accordingly.
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AirIight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
It looks terrific, Zsa. Your work here is much easier to distinguish details from each other than previously, and sometimes your linework, which is beautiful, gets lost in your crazy levels of colors before. My only suggestion is to continue pushing this method and trying out more types of color palettes (throw in some more saturated mixed with desaturated, have stronger contrast between darker and lighter values for atmosphere), it'll really look great!
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks Air, yeah, definately gonna make a few more experiments, now with my acid stuff. I ended up muting a bit the colors with one of the layers I added last to give the blue, orange contrast, also, I tried coloring this in CMYK, to see how it would look in paper, so it might also be due to that. I still have to see what I can do with a pink green pallete though ahha

FANKS
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Setzeri Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great from black&white to the final coloured version, nice going!
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks, Setzeryou! I love your avatar, btw, dunno if I've ever said that.
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Setzeri Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you have, but it's okay to say it twice!
By the way, heard of the upcoming anime movie called "Redline"? The visual style in it feels so much you, especially the main character.
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ZhouRules Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
2 words. bad ass. haha these are great!
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Haha thanks, man! Rock on!
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Ernesto-Alonso Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Something, I've been meaning to ask you. What inspired your character's design?
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Hm, mostly Super Sentai, Tokusatsus, such as G-Force, Jaspion, Power Rangers, and the like. Also, metal, as usual.
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Ernesto-Alonso Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
That's pretty sick, I didn't know you were into Toku and all that.
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MaximoVLorenzo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, color me impressed. Hahaha....I think its a major improvement.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Sweeet! Thank yee, Maximo!
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BombshellBoy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like it personally- not that I didn't like your coloring methods previously. This new approach makes your lineart stand out more so it's not overshadowed by the colors. I totally dig that 'cause you have some of the most solid, clean lines I've seen.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, part of the idea of re-learning again to color is exactly what you said: not hide the lineart with the colors. Specially since I do that a lot, due to bad technique.
Really glad you dig it :D
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HoBoStIck42 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
looks good. is that book pretty helpful?
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Yes :D
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HoBoStIck42 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
cool
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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HoBoStIck42 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
thank YOU a lot!
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Dustin-C Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
things do seem more lively on the 3rd with the new shadows and other effects.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks. Yeah, I guess just flats alone wont be a good idea, I guess!
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ChrisKillus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
the shadows work great in some panels, it elevates the mood a bit more... In some like say for instance those large shots with backround and effects it tends to be a bit much, kinda slow down the pacing a little bit.

but overall both these pages are great and it's good that you're toning it down a little, cause the lines are awesome on their own.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Hmm, that's a good thing you say, I never notice where I have to render less or more. I think also, the inks get a lot in the way when I fill the blacks wrong.
Thanks for sharing, SNAP
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kayliesaurus-rex Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow, awesome, dude. they both look amazing to me.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks girll. CHOICES choices...
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BraedenPenberg Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student General Artist
From what I heard; you at SDCC were a beast with balls of steel making connections and showing your work. I have the book your talking about funnily enough and it's a great resource, I really love the second one the awesome cells you do is what makes me love your art so much.
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zsabreuser Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Hahah yeah, I really didn't stop.. trying my best to get something, you know.. so far nothing, but I've got some leads!
Thanks a bunch man!
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