Monday, March 3, 2008
The Move Back to Color, part 1
For the next few posts, I'm going to focus on my move back to full color paint after the experiment that was Mythos: Hulk. I finished that book in June of 2006 and took somewhat of a break as I waited for the next script. I had grown fairly comfortable with Acryla Gouache, my new medium, but was yearning to return to color work, even if it slowed me down again. What always took the most time for me was color mixing, so I needed a more efficient way to do that with acrylics.
One day in the NOHO Dick Blick store, I came across the Masterson Sta-Wet Palette. I had seen these for years, never had a use for it, but always thought it was a good idea. I was wrong — it was a brilliant idea. I bought the 8.5" x 7" Handy Palette and got to work (by that time, I had also purchased a full color set of Acyrla Gouache). The first thing I painted was the character page for Ghost Rider, the next subject in the Mythos series, pictured at top.
And just for good measure, here's the character page before paints. I stuck with the same size and surface as with the Hulk, 8.5" x 12" Strathmore Series 500 Bristol Board, 3 or 4 ply, vellum finish. I cut these pages down from the larger sheets, a sometimes trying process, as my former intern will tell you.
Next Post: More on the Palette and how I use it