Added on: 15th Mar 2012, 6:10 AM

Fly or Die
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15th Mar 2012, 6:10 AM
Lightfoot
Color!

Recently a number of readers have commented having trouble telling the female characters apart, a wave somehow after 75 pages. One suggestion was to do the comic in color. Like most people who make comics, I've had other comics before, and while my first comics were in B&W, this was my first B&W comic since about 2002. I may have underestimated how different each character needed to look.

So my first step is color, something people have been requesting anyway. I'm already hours late, and didn't have the option of adding shading, but I don't know yet if I'm going to just go with (easy) flat colors, try to shade it, or even recruit a colorist.

The other step is to consider if I need to redesign some of the characters who have appeared less. Annie and Tabitha I think can't really change (just considering how often they have appeared at least, and that I can draw them from memory). But the other three females- Dr. Mae, Lucy, and Mira+Arim (who are twins), need to be evaluated and I might come up with some possible changes, maybe even a slight option and then a radical option for each.

I had considered waiting for a few weeks to make any change, but I'm impatient. I suspect that this will mean me trying to add color to the older pages. Although any flashbacks will be in B&W.

Comments:

15th Mar 2012, 1:52 PM
Grey Garou
I can understand coloring your comic, it does help to distinguish characters. I do B&W almost exclusively and sometimes I have the same problem. This is ONLY my opinion, but I prefer your graytones to color. I think it goes well with your heavier inking style. I try to use a lot of details to distinguish characters apart, things like hairstyles, glasses, clothing, bust size, tattoos, jewerly, and even scars and injuries. But I draw a barbarian comic, so some would work better with mine than yours and vice versa. Again, I'm not criticizing your art, comic, or direction in any way. I like your comic. Keep up the good work.
15th Mar 2012, 4:27 PM
dougwarner59
I have kind of mixed feelings towards your choice in using colors opposed to grey scale. Personally, I liked the way it was before; you have such a firm grasp of correctly using that media that it looked natural. This page has nice coloring but it looks like you haven’t got it to the same level of proficiency as when you were doing it in grey-scale. Or, maybe it is such a drastic change it’s hard for me to adjust to.
16th Mar 2012, 1:57 AM
Lightfoot
I think it might be the lack of shading. It's hard to switch from shaded B&W to non-shaded color.

I've added shading to the color page now. Maybe it looks better.