JORGE: It’s my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger, John Novak. He’s our amazing, talented friend and the Colorist of Giants Beware and Dragons Beware. You can see more of his work here.
Have you ever wanted to “freeze” someone in amber? First, what is amber? It is:
“fossilized tree resin (not sap),” usually a deep gold color. Now the fun part – how to trap someone in amber!
Step 1: Blast them with your magic staff
Just kidding! It is not as exciting, but I want to tell you about how I colored some of Dragons Beware!
For example, take this panel on p. 65 – this is what Rafael sent me. The kids come across Zubair who’s been magically encased in amber.
I start with the background – a nice sky blue.
Then I fill in the amber.
Fill the speech bubbles with white.
Color the characters.
Now I feel like the amber needs some detail so it doesn’t just look like some irregular, yellow surfboard, so I add some shading (darker color) and highlights (lighter color) to the amber.
Leo and the kids don’t look separate enough from the amber and Zubair. They appear to be right up next to it, so I darken them to add contrast.
Finally, I really want to give the reader the feeling that Zubair is encased deep in the amber. I replace the black of the outlines with red and gold.
And voila! There you go – you’ve trapped someone in amber.
For more info on the amazing Novak check out his website.