Line Art: Eric Jones
Color Art: Charlie Kirchoff
Now that the Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken series from IDW has been concluded, I wanted to explain exactly what my involvement was on this series. Yes, I was still coloring art as usual, but it was a distinctly different process than a typical comic book.
Some back information, J.K. Woodward had done painted art for the Free Comic Book Day issue, issue one, and all the covers. However, painting a comic is extremely labor intensive and deadlines on a licensed book like Star Trek can be very tight. So, in order to relieve some of that pressure, J.K. switched to doing ink wash art starting with issue 2 and recommended that I should come on to do the colors.
Since this series had already been established as being painted, I wanted to do my best to keep that look consistent. I’m familiar enough with Adobe Photoshop that I knew I could make J.K.’s ink washes look very close to appearing as if they were still being painted. It may not be an exact match, but close enough that the casual reader wouldn’t find the switch jarring.
Below is a gallery with a brief, step-by-step, explanation of how I treated each page from issue 2-5. Click on each image to enlarge them.
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This introductory course will teach you the basics of comic book coloring. It will show you how to set up Photoshop for digital coloring, install and create brushes and actions, set up a page of comic book art, and color the page using a cut and grad technique. Once you’ve completed this course you’ll have the knowledge you need to color a page to completion and have it ready for print.
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I thought I would publish a new post here as a gentle reminder that I publish a series of online video course that teach people how to do digital comic book coloring. Start with the first course, Learn 2 Color Comic Books 101, for only $19.99!
This introductory course will teach you the basics of comic book coloring. It will show you how to set up Photoshop for digital coloring, install and create brushes and actions, set up a page of comic book art, and color the page using a cut and grad technique. Once you've completed this course you'll have the knowledge you need to color a page to completion and have it ready for print.
(This course requires Adobe Photoshop)
Features line art by Chad Thomas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventure, Mega Man)
Charlie Kirchoff has been coloring comic books professionally since 2003, working for multiple publishers such as Marvel, IDW, Image, Boom!, Dark Horse, and others. Over the years he's developed his own system for digital coloring in order to streamline the process for efficiency and quality.