Wednesday, September 28, 2005

More Legion Pages


Blogger bustedacres said...

Howdy--I found the LEGION book yesterday, and though I haven't read it yet, it looks good.

You're very good with very, very heavy lines. I love those Dr Fate covers with the super-duper heavy outlines, and I found them very effective at getting my attention on the crowded comics rack. It drives me crazy that all the covers are using the brightest, boldest colors in an effort to get noticed, when what happens is a sort of saturation that makes it difficult to distinguish any of them.

The heavy line weight and simple composition of those covers was far more effective than more explosive, vivid color, etc.

Was that part of your thinking in designing them in such a way?

1:01 PM  
Blogger bustedacres said...

Looking at the other pages, I will say this about the colorist failing you--the last page, the ship coming toward the reader--all the photoshop lightening and effects really get in the way of some kind of cool "cosmic rendering" you'd done.

I hate when colorists do that.

1:33 PM  
Blogger warren L said...

Y'know, I don't even want to see this in colour.

Not when I see how you've spotted the blacks and used the composition in the last panel on p.4 to draw the eye right to the protagonist in the lower right. Good design...very informative. Colour might distract a reader from these cues.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Hi Busted---color, yeah, I guess you see what I mean. Well-chosen flat colors would have been better than all those odd colors and blends and pink skies and so on. What a waste. Colored in a factory.

Which is why I don't draw comics for places like DC anymore, and will only do comics where I can control the color and so on. It takes too much effort to draw and ink the whole thing only to have it butchered in the color stage..heartbreaking, and happens every day in the mainstream dying comics biz as it is oddly conducted today...

Heavy lines: sometimes they're from experimenting...sometimes from clumsiness...who knows. Just trying to be bold. I guess I've tried different things on different covers. Overall I'm just not into hyper-rendered color treatments on comics stuff, for the most part, I find it usualy fights against rather than adds to...what I love about comics is the fact that they're cartoons, not renderings.

One of these days I'll do something all with just flat colors, like the Europeans do...

Warren, yes, if a colorist doesn't bother to read the story and understand it and also doesn't know how to help tell the story with the color...then disaster usually ensues.

In my opinion there are some excellent colorists working now though, for example Trish Mulvihill and Dave Stewart, those are two who come to mind, they both do beautiful color work AND know how to augment what the artist has done, how to help tell the story clearly. They also know when to stop, which many colorists don't.

4:45 PM  

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