Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I Need Feedback For My Comic Please

I thought this day would never come!

Alright folks I need your help in choosing what style of painting my comic should be done in. The choices are 1, 2, or 3. If you happen to like certain things about some please do let me know.

I gotta say if your wondering this is was the hardest most boring thing to do is paint 1 page dozens of times. I came up with about 6 different painting styles on this and have narrowed the selection to 3 to choose from (the ones not included are not part of the group for the reason either it took too long to render or it looked horrible). Also a quick note don't judge whether the paintings look done or not. Look at what it could be. A good rule of thumb is to look at the top two panels to judge. The bottom panels were done fast.

Here's the details:
Painting 1-Color scheme is more stylized and contrasty. Isn't based on natural tones that go together. Background more rough painted. Characters are bright and colorful with defining strokes. Influence is a little bit of Loish with the blob of color look then I went my own way from there.

Painting 2- Background rooted in neutral subdued tones found in real life rendered close to reality with a bit of messy strokes. Influence is Carlos Meglia. The characters are rendered a bit more vibrantly.

Painting 3- This painting has a traditional painting style to it. Influence was my Rapunzel and Snow White painting style piece. Tones in the piece are muddy.

9 comments:

  1. I think 3 looks the most whimsical. The muddy tones makes it kind of dreamlike, and you'd probably have more control over what the reader looks at, because this seems like the most distinct difference between the background and the characters. The second seems like a less risky decision, tone-wise, as it's pretty similar to most things comic-like out there.

    I don't care for 1, though. I know the general rule for comics seems to be "bright colors! Stimulation!" but I'm a firm believer that subtly adds substance more often than not.

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  2. I like 2 the most, 3 has possibilities but I don't think it's there yet. I think you could possibly punch up the color on 2 just a bit by integrating a little of 1's color depth. I like the 'idea' of 1, as far as an exploration of color and light, but without lines & distinct color regions, it just looks mushy & characterless imo.

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  3. I like numbers 2 & 3 and don't care too much for 1.

    1. I think is too bright and contrasty, on the verge of being a bit blown out.

    2. I like the best because of the natural tones... it 'feels' real.

    3. Is good, the are more natural than 1, but still more stylize than 2. I also think, depending on the overall tone of the story, that this could add a lot of possibilities with the murky shadows that would be available to you if the storyline goes a bit on the dark side.

    Ok, so def 2 & 3. 2 being the most pleasing initially, but I think 3 has great potential depending on where you go with it.

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  4. I like numbers 2 & 3 and don't care too much for 1.

    1. I think is too bright and contrasty, on the verge of being a bit blown out.

    2. I like the best because of the natural tones... it 'feels' real.

    3. Is good, the are more natural than 1, but still more stylize than 2. I also think, depending on the overall tone of the story, that this could add a lot of possibilities with the murky shadows that would be available to you if the storyline goes a bit on the dark side.

    Ok, so def 2 & 3. 2 being the most pleasing initially, but I think 3 has great potential depending on where you go with it.

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  5. I really like number 3.
    it reminds me of the beginning of 101 dalmatians, when the scenes start out as sketches.
    And it also lets your imagination run a bit, because there is not too much detail.

    but i do like 1. it does seem too smudgy for a comic, but its nice on its own :)

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  6. Thank you everyone for your help!

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  7. I deffinately prefer either 2 or 3, they show off more what you can do, are more eye catching and I'm always one who will opt for the strong black outline.

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  8. i agree, eather 2 or 3 because i think the edges and outlines of the scene are more defined.

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  9. I like the style of #3, but the third panel is very hard to make out what's going on.

    #2 is also a very good choice, a strong, clear, visually pleasing style. Overall, I'd say this is the best choice.

    #1 is good, but without the outline that people expect in comics, your eye and brain has to hunt around the picture to figure out what's going on, which slows down reading. It would be good for a very slow-paced story, a dream sequence, or some other surreal narrative.

    Remember that clarity is as as important as aesthetics in comics - you want it to look good, but you also want to be able to have the story understood quickly and easily.

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