After few days of absence, I'm returning to storytelling of how I drawn the cover page for Amnesia's book. Where was I? Oh yes, adding color.
When I designed Amnesia (and every other character) I thought of them as black and white characters. I had no idea what color should they be in if I ever colored them. Actually, printing a book of that comic didn't come to my mind for a long time so I never really intended to color the comic.
Faced with that challenge I did think of coloring Amnesia. He was to be orange with green letter "A" and cape. But my friends suggested that it would be cool if he remained white because a) there aren't that many white superheroes, and b) maybe he forgot the color.
And I liked that. So, in comparison to white Amnesia I added "all the colors of the rainbow" in the background. Yes, I wanted the cover to stand out on the shelf but maybe I overdone it with colors (and unintentionally stepped into "let's give epileptic people an attack"). Honestly, I don't care. It was such fun drawing it and coloring it that even if it doesn't win Eisner award for best cover I'm very satisfied with it.
The cover project (part 2 of 4)
After finishing the drawing in pencil I added ink. Amnesia is usually inked with 0.2 pen, and for the cover I upscale the line to (frightening) 1 mm pen.
Since there is no background in Amnesia's comic, seeing the amount of details on this artwork, I liked this concept very much that I thought it should be left (and printed) as it is. But because Amnesia is white, and everything else is also white, one could not tell the difference between ground, smoke, explosion, sky and Amnesia's body.
Decision was made to color the page (as originally planed) and not to start drawing the comic with background. Instead I decided to draw more illustrations like this one.
By the date in the corner of the drawing, you can see that this has been done last winter. And you might say "you are posting old stuff, what's the big idea". Well, I can not post new stuff before I show you the work I've done so far, now can I?
Just sit back and enjoy, I'll be posting new works soon.
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All right, let's continue the saga of cover project for Amnesia Book.
Now, as you know Amnesia as a character isn't that detailed. He's white, he has no details on his body, and he usually have a blank (as his memory) expression on his face. How do Imake the cover image interesting?
I decided to draw all the catastrophes and villains plotting a plan to get him... just go over the top with it... and in front Amnesia with his typical "err... what?" expression. Since comics aren't found that often in our local bookstores I wanted to draw something so colorful and a bit ridiculous that it just screams from the shelf "look at this book!"
This is what I came up with.
I had to give up the tornado and earthquake cracks in the background because there was no space for title. That's how much fun this was to draw. Just forgetting all laws of physics and throwing every known catastrophe in it...
As for characters, you recognize Octopuss from episode 4, Malice M.D. from episode 7 (the hunchback next to him is his apprentice Igor who you'll meet in episode 19), Gunman from episode 8 and the giant robot from second episode. Up there in the sky is the celestial pilot you'll meet next week in episode 13.
The cover project (intro)
When I started drawing Amnesia, I didn't think it would end up as a web comic. I had drawn it on vertically oriented A4 paper for long period of time believing that art should be published the way it is drawn - which, in this case meant in the proportional vertically oriented space.
In the time of finalizing the comic for web I've decided to print the comic as it s in my native language. The publication was only small and meant for equally small market of Bosnia and neighboring countries Croatia and Serbia. Now don't be bothered because you can't see (or buy) the print - each and every episode from the comic will be published online.
Anyway, I'm going to show you the process of drawing, and coloring, the cover page of that book. But before that, in this intro post, I'm going to show you just how different the page(s) of the comic looked like before they got re-made to fit the web comic standard.
The pages below are of the eight episode of Amnesia. On the left is the page in Bosnian and one on the right is in English.