Love the restrained, harmonious color. Blood splashes are easier to take, for one thing.
Also, his Arzach hat. Always in style.
How do you make those great thumbnail-to-finished-art GIFs? Is that a function in Photoshop?
Paul! Hello, my good friend! Thanks! I have such a profound limitation to my knowledge of coloring techniques that I trust mainly to trying to pick good basic colors that support the scene as best I can. And keeping them somewhat muted and subdued really does help that harmonizing.
Yes– the sheriff wears my “tip of the hat” to Moebus. I just couldn’t resist. And, as you say, it’s always the stylish choice!
And, yes– the GIF’s are made in Photoshop. I was surprised to find how easy it was to do. I just did a google “how to…” search and came across one tutorial that broke down the steps really clearly for me. (Unfortunately I can’t find that particular site right now– but you’ll get several results. I’m sure one or two will fill you in quickly.)
Hope all is well!
I appreciate the unfamiliar pieces of vernacular phrases and “future slang” you drop in without making the characters sound stilted. It’s always disappointing to find a story with just one intriguing premise that the author can’t support with the dialogue and atmospheric details. I’ve been lucky enough to follow Trekker since almost the start of your reboot a few years back and hope to be there when you conclude the series. Thanks for a great ride.
Thanks so much for those kind words. I’m glad my use of a bit of vernacular works for you. That’s exactly what I hope for– that it helps to create the sense of a fully realized world with just a light suggestion here and there. I don’t want it to distract from the tale, or to call too much attention to itself, just to add a bit of “color” to a scene and sound a reminding note that we are in another time and place, even while the characters and situations remain– I hope– imminently recognizable. I think the key is to keep any of those terms easily understood by the context they are used in. I’m a huge admirer of Patrick O’Brien’s nautical books for that reason. He drops us into the 18th century, using argon and slang of the era very convincingly and masterfully without ever stopping to explain the terms, trusting we’ll “get it” by the way it’s used. We are immersed in the world and caught up in the tale. We know we are in another era, but it never gets in the way of the story, it just enriches it.
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