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to colour or not to colour?

So it looks like I’m going to have to be inking and colouring my super top-secret project myself after all. Here’s what I have finished so far (with all the useful bits removed just to spoil it for you all):
black lines
But I also had a go at trying something a bit new – have a gander at this:
colour lines
Now I like this a lot more, but it did take somewhere in the region of 2 hours to colour all the lines. So the question isn’t ‘does this look better?’, it’s ‘does this look two hours better?’, or perhaps more specifically, ‘would you pay someone to draw the second one, but not pay them a penny for the first?’. Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

I did also try an all digital approach doing all the inking and everything via my teeny tiny wacom:
Which looks lovely until you learn one thing: that this took me SIX HOURS. For two unfinished panels. I have a feeling this may not be entirely practical.


So, I’m back at work today, but the ‘project’ is almost finished. One of the cool things about this project is that I’m going to be working with another great artist – while I love doing the pencils I’ve always hated inking (it’s basically like drawing everything you’ve just drawn all over again, and you can’t rub it out if you make a mistake) and I’m terrible at colouring, but fortunately my pal Brandon swooped in and offered to do all the boring parts for me (haha! The fool!), so here’s a look at what he’s done to my characters:


I think they look great – I can’t wait to see what he does with the final piece! I’ve made sure to put in a tonne of tiny fiddly details in it just to really make him really hate me.