IDW’s Transformers Universe & Me – A Look Back

IDW's Transformers Universe (at least, it's Generation One line) draws to an absolute conclusion this year, neatly tying up over a decade of storytelling that has had a huge impact on Transformers fiction (and to an extent, the toy-line that spawned it). I've been honoured to have worked on the comics as a colourist, so … Continue reading IDW’s Transformers Universe & Me – A Look Back

What The Colourist Doesn’t Tell You.

So you want to colour comic books? Well, I've done that. There's a load of great tutorials out there, but I'm going to give you the REAL skinny on the gritty world of comic book colouring. The dirt that others won't tell you, the stuff that might get me blacklisted for sharing. Breaking In Getting … Continue reading What The Colourist Doesn’t Tell You.

Digital Comic Colouring – How I Do It, Part Three: Shady Highlights

So far, we've prepped the artwork, and readied the flat colours for shading. As with the previous steps, there's no one right way to shade your work. This bit is the most personalised part of colouring, where you really stamp your own style on things. Again, the steps outlined here are how I do my … Continue reading Digital Comic Colouring – How I Do It, Part Three: Shady Highlights

Digital Comic Colouring – How I Do It, Part Two: The Boring Bit

Ok - so you've seen how I prep the lineart ready for colouring. At this stage you should have a PSD file with a lineart layer, and a trapping layer. So the next step is to add the basic block colours to the page. No shading, nothing fancy - just the basics. Colourists call this … Continue reading Digital Comic Colouring – How I Do It, Part Two: The Boring Bit

Digital Comic Colouring – How I Do It, Part One: The Preamble

A few people have asked me of late, "Who are you?! How did you get in here?! It's 3am! Get out of my house! I'm calling the police! etc etc", but a few more people have asked how I 'do' my comic colouring. Short answer - I use Photoshop. Now, I fully realise that that's … Continue reading Digital Comic Colouring – How I Do It, Part One: The Preamble

2008 is almost over… time to reflect!

Yep, it's nearly the end of 2008, so I thought I'd look back over my first year as a professional colourist. It's gone fairly well I think. I've not been able to quit 'real' work yet, but I'm making in-roads. even if I end up burning the candle at both ends now and again. This … Continue reading 2008 is almost over… time to reflect!