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HOW TO TRAP SOMEONE IN AMBER

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"Dragons Beware"May 12th, 2015
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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.

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Hi Everyone

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

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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.

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I start with the background – a nice sky blue.

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Then I fill in the amber.

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Fill the speech bubbles with white. 

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Color the characters.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And voila! There you go – you’ve trapped someone in amber.

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For more info on the amazing Novak check out his website.

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