Thursday, February 03, 2011


Another doodle from my sketchpad at Angoulême colored in photoshop on my return.


David said...

Very nice indeed, sir. Could you see it in your heart to impart your colouring knowledge upon a lowly servant such as I? I love your pallette, how long did the peice take to colour? After spending eight hours drawing a page I can't see myself spending the same again on colour (I'd never get anything out) I'm on the lookout for an economical, quick way of adding a wash to compliment the pencil shading.

Chris Schweizer said...

The little hairy guy in the background makes this piece. Glad to hear you had a good time at Angouleme! I'm seething with envy.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Cheers David and Chris, much appreciated.

David, coloring goes like this. Work in tone first so you're sure you're creating depth. The isolate the areas individually to create a color often using adjustment> photofilter and then bring in your various colors cranking them up to whatever you need in terms of saturation. So you select red for a red hat etc. After you've done that select all and at 25% use a single overall color on photofilter (if you want it warm or cold or whatever)- like leaving a colored sock in a white wash and from there you give everything a relative value. Its all really just tweaks from there but it really shouldn't take anymore than an half an hour to an hour. On this, at the final stage I hit Hue/saturation and ran a preset on it called "Old" which washes the color out a little. And you're done. The rest is a layer of creases from old pulp covers and that's it. Oh and there's an overall layer of texture in there, something grungy, which pulls everything together a little and also a couple of splat brushes.

Hope that's of help.

David said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to go through your process Ian. It's very much appreciated. Hopefully we will meet up at Mondo one of these days:)
Oh, and yeah, I'm jealous too, I'd love to go to Anguoleme, each year passes and for some reason I never get there (just like SDCC)

shane oakley said...

that is SOME doodle, ian - love it!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

No worries, David, glad it was of some use.

Cheers Shane. Okay, not a doodle like I'd do if I were talking on the phone but... you know what I mean, a downtime convention sketch? I don't know what you'd call it.

rochdale said...

Your work is fantatsic Ian... I always knew you'd make it. Have only just discovered your published work am sooooo proud of you babe. Well done!! I'd recognise your style anywhere Max x

shane oakley said...

...a sketchle or a drawdle?
either way it's well weird lovely.

Belf said...

Hi Ian,

Another question from another lowly servant... :)

Just wondered what you use to get those lovely black lines - with varying thickness, etc. Is that one pen/brush, or several different ones?

I'd be interested to see the original doodle too, any chance you can post that?



I. N. J. Culbard said...

Cheers Martin - I use a pentel brush pen and a uniball for the thin lines

In the meantime, if you go to the Angouleme blog update you'll see I did a Freak chic picture which has the original art next to it

- here

Same thing really.