C4Con and color studies!
C4Con and color studies!

Hey Central-Canadian Weregeeks! I will be at Central Canada Comic Con (C4) this weekend! Not only will this be my very first time exhibiting in Winnipeg, it’s also my birthday on Saturday, so this will be a very special convention for me! I plan on drawing up a storm, as I just bought myself some new pens as a special early present to myself. So, if you’re coming to the con this weekend, please stop by Booth A132 in the Artist’s Alley and say hello!

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After this past Halloween’s big background-heavy strip, I thought it’d be interesting to go back and look at some color studies I did over a year ago. Man, what a difference! They look okay, I guess, but I can really see how far I’ve come in that time. If I were to do it differently now, there’d be a much stronger contrast between the dark water and the bobbing lights in the first panel, as well as an overall blue-green color scheme to really sell the “enchanted forest” look. The second one would be so desaturated as to be nearly monochromatic, with just faint hints of a blue-grey in the fog. It’d also be much higher in contrast – really playing the dark of the crypt and the woods off of a thin patch of moonlight on the path.

Anyway, it just goes to show – the more you practice something, the better you get! Which reminds me, my next big challenge is to figure out how to do that lovely soft-lighting-at-dawn effect you sometimes see in anime, where even the lines of the characters are softened somehow…

News: Posted November 2nd, 2012 by Alina

^ 10 Comments to “C4Con and color studies!”

  1. KenderBryant Says:

    Wow. I could swear I saw similar designs in WoW! The first looks like one of the bird-folk (I forget the name) villages in Outland. The second looks like that famous tomb from Western Plaguelands.

    Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 12:31 am
  2. not being serious but... Says:

    is the top image supposed to be Yodas episode of “mtv:Cribs”? nevermind. They both look Great!

    Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 12:56 am
  3. Yaaay!! I can’t wait to finally meet you, Alina! I’ll be attending C4 as well, but strictly in a fanboy manner. 😉 Also, I’ll bring my WereGeek books to be signed (well, the ones that aren’t already).

    Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 5:05 am
  4. Happy Birthday, have a great con!

    Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 7:32 am
  5. Mugician13 Says:

    Ooh, another Scorpio! The world needs more of us. Also, yours is the day after my sister’s….

    Congratulations on completing another trip ’round the sun!

    Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 12:09 am
  6. thecountalucard Says:

    Happy birthday! 🙂

    Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 10:26 pm
  7. KenderBryant Says:

    Hope you had a great birthday, Alina. I spent the morning working, and the night at Ruth Eckerd Hall watching Celtic Thunder. I hope your day was filled with all things geeky.

    Posted November 4th, 2012 at 12:38 am
  8. TB Says:

    That first panel has a really nice “Cyan” game look to it.

    Posted November 4th, 2012 at 9:37 pm
  9. Veneficus Says:

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy it, but don’t get caught. 😉

    Posted November 5th, 2012 at 9:45 am
  10. Scarlet Says:

    I didn’t see this update so was SUPER SURPRISED to see you at comic con! It was a really crazy feeling of worlds colliding … I bought a picture of the weregeeks cast but I think I mostly just stood and stared at you in wonder instead of saying something witty and telling you how awesome your comic is!

    Posted November 8th, 2012 at 5:56 pm