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FCBD-2010-page 1 BW to Color by DeanWhite FCBD-2010-page 1 BW to Color by DeanWhite
Page 1 for this years Free comic book day issue.
Written by Matt Fraction
Pencils John Romita Jr
Inks Klaus Janson
Color Dean White

John and Klaus hit this one out of the park. Great page by them. Had to do my best to step up to it.
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:iconmatttriano:
MattTriano Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional
Rim highlight on the cape.
Genius.
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IvannaMatilla Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Your work here really gives life to the piece, it's gorgeous.
I have a question. How do you color the lineart? I was trying to figure out John Rauch's technique today watching his videos but got really frustrated and angry because I didn't understand it at all. It's not that I'm completely dumb, it's that I may not be familiar with everything Photoshop has to offer.
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
A lot of the line art on Thor and the Hammer/Energy was actually just painted over. I deviated from the line art here and there to push some of the negative shapes a tad more in spots. The people in the BG I just selected the line art and colored over it on a layer. Which means that your line art has to be on a layer as well. Another way to do it would be to have your line art on a layer, create another layer on top of it then go in to the layers menu and turn that layer into a "Clipping Mask" and then where ever you paint on the layer above the line art will only paint over where the line art is. This of course means that your layer of line art has to be just the line art. There are tons of stuff on the web on how to do that if you are getting lost.

So there you go a mixture of just painting it how I think it should be and coloring of the line art

Dean
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IvannaMatilla Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Thank you very much Dean
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alxelder Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: how you do it? how you achieve to blend the pencils, inks and colors so well?

Awesome!
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:icondeanwhite:
DeanWhite Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
How? Lots and lots of hours :) and trying to make it simpler as I worked on it.

Best
Dean
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alxelder Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: I almost have a "fan-cardiac attack" ;)

Okey, seriously the lots and lots of hours is part of the fun but I have problems with make it "simpler" when I face the art I always want to add some more texture or color because it look plain to me.

Thanks for answering. :bounce:

Alx.
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
well okay a serious answer for you. The thing I think you feel that is missing is as you say the texture. But the question is what kind of texture are you wanting. A lot of times people will through on just some texture they found or scanned and it just does not look right. It floats off of the artwork instead of becoming one with it. So I tend to do all my mostly by hand, meaning I paint it straight on with cintiq and a custom brush. I tend to try to imagine if I was painting it with Oils and how would I describe the texture, roundness with the brush stroke and how they all work together.

On this piece what I meant by simpler was that at first I had a lot more color to it, To all the people and it just did not work right. So I redid and repainted it many times. As I was painting it I just kept on taking things out color wise. Then I did the Homer Simpson moment where I smack my head and went "Doooohhhh" and just went with a more simpler orangish/Blue color combination and it started coming alive for me. Then what was not working was the lighting and I refined it and darkened the highlights on the figures in the BG so Thor had the strongest and then went in and painted over the line art layer and put the White highlights on Thor. Now there are moments where there are lots of brushstrokes in the orangish sky to give a shimmering quality to the air and less strokes on Thor, but the stronger highlights so there is a contrast and brushstrokes and lighting from the BG to Thor and that makes it pop more. This was not an easy page for me but I knew it was right when it looked easy. Strange but true.

Then thing that I keep telling myself is Color, Value, Lighting and Ambience and in that order. When starting I keep my lighting to a simple two toned system so I can keep a grib on it until I am ready to do the brushstrokes. The one thing that most people would be surprised to find is how hard my stuff looks until I have the colors and values figured out. Now sometimes you do all that and still it does not work right and you just have to work your way through it. As with this cover.

Hope that was more the kind of answer you were looking for.

Thanks so much for stoping by and commenting.
Best
Dean
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alxelder Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for a more extensive and serious answer, it show me part of the painting process it took you work on this cover.

I really appreciate you took the time to answering me, so I go back to work on my paintings and consider the color, value and lighting. The last two are a pain for me but the only way to learn is practicing.

Your welcome and be sure I'll be around your gallery ready to put some comments.

Alx
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
My pleasure.

On Values just keep it simple at first. Try to break everything down to just 3 to 5 values

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Dean
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alxelder Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
All right, I will have that in mind in all my art.

KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Thanks

Alx
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MANO91 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
THE 2 ARTIST TOGHETER ARE INCREDIBLES!
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:icondeanwhite:
DeanWhite Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
Thanks have to make it 3 since Klaus kicks it out of the park on this as well

Best
Dean
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Innerdvisions Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Just great !!
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:icondeanwhite:
DeanWhite Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
thank you, Kicked my butt but it was worth it in the end

Dean
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ChrisSamnee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
This is just outstanding. Top notch work, sir.
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Thanks Chris much appreciated.

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Dean
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Denis-Mello Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
FREAK!
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:icondeanwhite:
DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Ha ! I will take that as a good thing. Will try to be even more of a freak :)


best
Dean
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Denis-Mello Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
UAhaua, but it is... I just tryied to say something diferent than great, amazing and the traditional compliments xD

You're doing an awesome job.
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RyanLord Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think you three are the best team in comics. Kick-ass was so inspirational, and this stuff is looking amazing. It's cool that JRJR and Janson are okay with you painting over the lines so much, really shows a lot of trust in your abilities (which are obviously well-founded).

Please post more if you can!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Glad you think so Ryan, When they announced us there were some people on the net hoping I was not coloring it. Silly but it did bum me out for a bit but got right back on and did this. :)

They are trusting and VERY supportive which is humbling. I do send off every page for them to see before it is sent out.

Kick Ass was a lot of fun and just the switching of inkers from Klaus on Spiderman to Tom Palmer on Kick Ass made a difference. Both of them great guys

Best
Dean
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RyanLord Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, Tom Palmer did a great job on Kick-ass, but there's just something right about JRJR and Janson. I still reread the first 6 issues of Punisher War Zone every few months.
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Narcisticthinker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Bad-ass!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
John and Klaus just do a great Thor was just blown away when this came in. there is a great Iron Man page coming up that I hope to be able to show soon.
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HighTowerComics Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
This is great. As always your colors are impressive.
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Thanks HighTowerComics much appreciated

Best
Dean
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Andre-VAZ Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeahhhh !!!
New avengers comic book will be awesome !!!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
It should be a lot of fun, Bendis has some crazy idea's on where we are going.

Thanks for stopping by
Dean
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matthewstanleyfeldma Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Are you going to color Avengers also?
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Yes I am, Starting that one soon. Doing the cover for #2 this week. Not quite sure how I am going to approach that one just yet, Kind of leaning towards more harder lines. Will see. They want it to feel bright and less watercolorish for the Heroic Age.
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
You definitely did more than just put icing on this cake! Knocking back the beach folk is so well done, the weight/depth you added to the disks on torso is awesome, blah blah, the 3 of you are an amazing team!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Thanks a lot Rico

Damn thing took waay to long. I just could not get it to work the way I wanted to so I went in and digitally painted over the whole thing to get the effect then brought the lines back into it.
Looking at your work with Chris is a real motivater to get my butt in gear.

Dean
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RobPaolucci Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Great to see these two drawing Thor again.
Looks sweet
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Yeah it is. We were suppose to be going right into Thor directly with Fraction but then they moved us over to Avengers. So now not only do they get to draw Thor but also Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman and bunch of others. Seen half of the first issue and it looks good
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RobPaolucci Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
sweet, can't wait
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thatron Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You did a fabtabulous job on this one. :worship:
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Thanks Thatron had to do my best with that good of a drawing :)
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n3gative-0 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
nice contrast with warm and cools!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Thanks, The thing I was fighting over was that it had to be warm to suggest day but at the same time have the cool of his energy have power to it. I kept on fighting on how much to cool the warm colors on him. took a while but it seemed to balance out

Dean
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AndrewZissou Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stunning!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Thanks glad you liked it
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AndrewZissou Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
:dance:
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