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August 21, 2014 at 01:00PM

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Electric Crystal Monster

Using my Thursday morning sketch time to play with +Ray Frenden's great Manga Studio 5/Clip Studio Paint brushes.

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August 17, 2014 at 09:26PM

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Is coloring simple ornamentation in comics, or is it a vital tool in the storytelling?

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 I had a great time talking with +Owen Jollands, comics colorist at Hi-Fi Color Design Studio, about the expressive nature of color in comics and design. Both I and co-host +Rob Stenzinger took tons of notes because the signal to noise ratio was especially high in this one.

If you've ever struggled with finding the right colors for your comic or design, give this one a view or listen and follow +Owen Jollands here on G+!

Subscribe to the show here: http://ift.tt/1mZERiv

#coloring   #design   #comics   #comicbooks   #graphicnovels   #photoshop  

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August 17, 2014 at 02:31PM

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"Do not grieve. Soon I shall be one with the Matrix."
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August 17, 2014 at 02:04AM

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Comics Friends – looking for a reliable & awesome flatter?

My production assistant +Rachel Polk is so great at her job that she's outpaced me. So she's hanging her shingle as a freelance flatter/colorist/letterer.

You can check out her portfolio at http://rachelpolk.com. Here's a piece she helped me with on a gig for the Marvel Super Hero Squad card game.

I can't recommend her highly enough.

#comics #coloring #lettering #flatting #freelancing

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August 15, 2014 at 12:40PM

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Best experience ever? Seeing Ernie Colón's inks over my pencils

The documentary comic by +Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, and me, The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination, hits stores in a month! As I put together some promotional materials for upcoming signings I'm still struck by the unreality of seeing Dan's, Ernie's and my work coexisting on a page.

I've been using comics by Dan and Ernie in my comics classrooms for years (http://goo.gl/Km5QA1). Their work had a profound influence on the direction I took as a storyteller. It was a joy and a privilege to actually get to make a comic with them.

I hope you'll see that joy come through in the book, despite the difficult subject matter. You can pre-order it here: http://ift.tt/1ph9iD1

And if you're into "commentary tracks," Dan and I spent an hour or so talking about the making of the book: Making Non-Fiction Comics, with Dan Mishkin – LIA Cast 107

#comics   #history   #nonfiction   #graphicnovels   #kennedy  

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August 13, 2014 at 04:38PM

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Coloring comics and designing with color on the next LIA Cast!

Is color simple ornamentation in your story or design, or does it carry some expressive or impressionistic storytelling potential of its own? If we accept the latter, then how do you think about color when making a thing, and how do you navigate the various tools (both hardware and software) to most effectively use color?

In the next +Lean Into Art Cast +Rob Stenzinger and I will be joined by +Owen Jollands, Colorist at Hi-Fi Color Design Studio, who has worked on many comic book titles including Supergirl and Justice League 3000, for a discussion on how thinking hard about color can lead to clarity in your storytelling and design. We'll also explore some of the new coloring technologies available to visual storytellers.

You can participate in the discussion by commenting on the Hangout event page.

#comics   #comicbooks   #graphicnovels   #design   #coloring  

Telling Your Story With Color – LIA Cast 109

*Coloring comics and designing with color on the next LIA Cast!*

Is color simple ornamentation in your story or design, or does it carry some expressive or impressionistic storytelling potential of its own? If we accept the latter, then how do you think about color when making a thing, and how do you navigate the various tools (both hardware and software) to most effectively use color?

In the next @102971222991170968461 Cast @104223824845814651184 and I will be joined by @105218590314553509913, Colorist at Hi-Fi Color Design Studio, who has worked on many comic book titles including _Supergirl_ and _Justice League 3000_, for a discussion on how thinking hard about color can lead to clarity in your storytelling and design. We’ll also explore some of the new coloring technologies available to visual storytellers.

You can participate in the discussion by commenting on the Hangout event page.

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August 08, 2014 at 11:12AM

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How to make a documentary comic.

The more you study history, the more you'll find the complex and ambiguous nature of motivation and circumstance behind every historical moment. So how do you clarify that complexity in a medium that relies so much on images to tell the story? How can comics creators use design principles to explore an event that people have argued over for decades?

+Rob Stenzinger and I talked with +Dan Mishkin about his upcoming The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination (http://goo.gl/o5Bue1) –a comic on which I served as artist. Throughout our discussion we highlighted some key ways comics is an even better medium for telling nonfiction stories than film or text.

Watch the video (or listen to the audio here: http://goo.gl/4BebMc) to find out how a cartoonist can use these wayfinding techniques to efficiently navigate a complex nonfiction story:
- passing the narrative baton between captions and dialogue
- color and sound effect cues to round back on and embellish important ideas in the story
- switching to an impressionistic style to explain the complexity and ambiguity of a historical moment
- using expressionistic color to dig into a character's mindset
- nesting repeating imagery within different contexts to explore the various viewpoints on an historical event

(and hat tip to +Jake Parker, the first person I've heard use the term "comics documentary!"

#comics   #comicbooks   #graphicnovels   #history   #jfk   #warrenreport50  

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August 07, 2014 at 01:34PM

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Sketching Robogals

Had some time this morning to do some sketching. It's been a while since I've had time to draw for myself, and it felt good to be back. Did these on the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the +Papyrus app.

#robogals   #boulderandfleet   #sketches   #bears   #donuts  

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I tried to pencil the old fashioned way for the cover, but used the tablet anyway. #comics

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I tried to pencil the old fashioned way for the cover, but used the tablet anyway. #comics
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July 30, 2014 at 04:20PM

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Talking about finding new opportunities & improving your work by taking the "not my thing" challenge on the LIA Cast!

I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer! – Leonard "Bones" McCoy

Given all that goes into being a visual storyteller, it's easy (and understandable) to default to our own realms of comfort and expertise to talk ourselves out of trying new things. Especially things that are "not our thing."

But what if trying such things led to new job opportunities or enhanced your visual storytelling abilities?

We're thrilled to be joined once again by +Ryan Estrada (http://ryanestrada.com), who will walk us through how hosting game shows, participating in open mics, and running parody Twitter accounts opened up new professional doors for him and added to his storytelling tool kit.

You can participate in the discussion via comments on the G+ event listing.

#comics   #comicbooks   #graphicnovels   #storytelling   #podcasting  

Leaving the Safety of Your Wheelhouse – LIA Cast 108

*Talking about finding new opportunities & improving your work by taking the “not my thing” challenge on the LIA Cast!*

_I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!_ – Leonard “Bones” McCoy

Given all that goes into being a visual storyteller, it’s easy (and understandable) to default to our own realms of comfort and expertise to talk ourselves out of trying new things. Especially things that are “not our thing.”

*But what if trying such things led to new job opportunities or enhanced your visual storytelling abilities?*

We’re thrilled to be joined once again by @100623276740673202144 (http://ryanestrada.com), who will walk us through how hosting game shows, participating in open mics, and running parody Twitter accounts opened up new professional doors for him and added to his storytelling tool kit.

You can participate in the discussion via comments on the G+ event listing.

#comics   #comicbooks   #graphicnovels   #storytelling   #podcasting  

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