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.
Rafael and I are working on book 3. We can’t say too much about it, but this weekend I was at Word Book Store in Jersey City, and some talented kids tried to help me think of who Claudette should face off against in Book 3.
Katie thought Book3 should be “Vampires Beware!”
Sofia thought Book 3 should be “Ghosts Beware!” And Iris thought we should do “Witches Beware.”
Who do you think should “beware” in book 3? Let us know at helloclaudette at gmail.com
This is the last week of some great interviews with great creators. This has been an amazing blog tour. Thanks to everyone who let us ask them questions, and all the bloggers who posted our interviews.Thanks! — Jorge & Rafael
And yessss! Another fantastic week of asking some super talented people, 5 Questions! Check out the interviews that Rafael and I did with them!
Coming up next week: Dan Santat, Andy Runton, Colleen AF Venable, Jay Hosler, Eleanor Davis, and Ben Hatke
Wowza – another great week of asking some really talented folks, 5 Questions! Check out the interviews that Rafael and I did with them:
Coming up next week: Sara Varon, David Rubin, Adventures in Cartooning, Mike Maihack, John Patrick,Rafael Rosado (interviewed me me!), and Faith Erin Hicks!!!
Another great week of asking some very talented folk, 5 Questions! Check out the interviews:
5 Questions with Jellaby author Kean Soo @ Genuine Cupcakes
Coming up this week: Gene Luen Yang, Nathan Hale, John Allison, Maris Wicks,
Jenni and Matt Holm, Craig Thompson, and Chris Schweizer!
VIDEO 1: Claudette is back!
VIDEO 2: What’s Your Favorite Thing About Dragons?
VIDEO 3: What Should be Claudette’s Battle Cry?
VIDEO 4: What’s do you like about dragons?
VIDEO 5: How would you fight a dragon?
Whadda week! Rafael and I got to ask a lot of great, talented people 5 Questions! Check out the interviews…
And Rafael interviewed this guy I know….
Coming up this week: Jeffrey Brown, Cecil Castellucci, Frank Cammuso, Hope Larson, Eric Orchard, Kean Soo, and Dave Roman!!!
May is National Mobility Awareness Month. You can learn more HERE.
And here’s Augustine the Blacksmith – GOING MOBILE!
It’s not every day that you get to do a Q&A with some of the best creators of kids content out there. In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Rafael and I were thrilled to get to pose 5 questions to some folks who are working at the top of their game and doing some amazing work. It’s the blog tour of all blog tours.
So check out the tour dates and postings throughout April and May. Right HERE