Thursday, December 23, 2010

How to Color a Comic Strip

I thought perhaps there might be at least one of my ten lovely readers who would be interested in this 2 1/2 minute, slightly mesmerizing time lapse video of me coloring a Rabbits strip. The strip is set to run next month so if you can read it it's also a sneak preview of sorts. I did it in Photoshop and if you're the sort of techie person who likes full disclosure, the video starts with me having already scanned the strip at 600 DPI, adjusted the threshold to 140 and duplicated the layers so I have one for coloring and one on top of it that has just the black with the rest transparent.  There's more on my process here and  here.  The music was just something that I had handy and used without permission! It's by the very wonderful  People Like Us and Ergo Phizmiz.  The strip took about 40 minutes to color in real time.

9 comments:

Cracker said...

Ha very cool!

J. Lemon said...

Thanks. I only wish I could color this fast in real life.

john said...

Always interesting watching someone elses method of working..thanks for sharing it....happy Christmas

J. Lemon said...

Thanks John. Glad you got some value out of it!

hungrydog said...

That makes me feel sooooo lazy...

Shinda Shima said...

Your my new hero! Thanks for the good advice as far as making my own cartoon look professional!

J. Lemon said...

@hungrydog - SInce you have more talent in your little toe than I'll ever have you can afford to be lazy :-)

@Shinda - [blushing]. Wow. Thanks. Glad I could help. Good luck with your cartoon.

Honest John said...

Very impressive. You are better and faster that Jeffy Keane.

J. Lemon said...

Well I know you can't possibly mean that but thanks!