Module 7: Color & Tone

After inking, it is up to you whether your comic is going to be in color. But keep in mind that the use of color in comics is important in that it sets the overall look and tone of the story. With the use of digital tools within your software, coloring comic panels have never been easier and offer a wide range of variety.

The use of shortcuts is something you pick up along the way whether it is discovering them for yourself or learning it from other artists.

Start with this list on how to color comics. It gives you 12 general tips as well as why you should color your pages.

Color with Kurt on YouTube is a fantastic resource as he as dozens of videos on digital coloring comics alone.

Here is an example from my comic which I colored one of my panels. Note that this is just the base and shading. Other things to consider would be the lighting and highlights of the scene. Such as the one done below.

Exploring different tones

In the comic page below, you’ll notice a darker grey tone that oversets the panels as well as the black page background. This is to indicate that these scenes take place in a flashback.

For the purpose in my comic, I decided to switch up the tones in my comic to showcase how a flashback scene can be conveyed in different styles.

Going back to looking at film, you can see how much lighting and shadows can affect the feeling of a scene.

How lighting affects the mood of films


Module 7 Ex 1:

With the previous exercises done with the short film comic, fully color your comic. Try out different tones.

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