Tuesday, March 10, 2015

#58: Taser Your Boss





I'm going to talk about the technical side of things here.

I don't write every strip, that was the original idea, but frankly, when Harold has a good idea for a strip or a story line then it just makes sense for him to write it.

One thing I do try to do for every strip is to flat the colors for Harold. What is flatting? Well, it's hard to explain, so I'm not going to. Instead, I'll take what Eric White, colorist extraordinaire, put up on his site regarding flatting:

Flatting is a step in the process of coloring line art which is widely used for comic books. The line art is pulled forward on the file and flat, solid blocks of color are dropped in behind them so that when the colorist renders the page it’s much much quicker for them to select individual areas on the page.

If you want to know more, go to Eric's site HERE

Anyway, to try and help Harold save time (since he colors these strips himself) I flat the strips.

Typically, flatting one of our strips can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour. This strip was a different story.

There was just so many shapes to fill with color (which is not as easy as it sounds), what with all the bodies with the arms and the legs and the pants and the shirts and the hair and all that.

This strip took most of the day to flat, and I have to imagine it took Harold a while to color as well. And it turned out great!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm proud of this strip. Harold and I both spent a lot of time on it (him more than me, of course) and I think it really shows.


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