View Full Version : The Flash. -Howard Porter (lineart+flats+color.)

07-27-2017, 08:10 AM
Stewart discussing flats. I wanted to show an example of multilayer flats.

The Flash #26 p2-3


Flats as provided by Hi-Fi flatter. (I dont know who specifically.) Did a pretty solid job. I dont remember if I had to do much correcting. This would be after any corrections. Hi-fi flatters do tend to pick "correct local" colors. Personally, I would prefer not. makes it obvious if I miss something.
I am not sure what Hi-Fi pays. But personally, my current pay rate is $20 usd btw. (Although, Hi-fi has me busy nonstop, so I am not taking or giving work on the side.)

Flats #2. Separated into planes. Easy selection of larger areas. I make these myself. If I were to ask a flatter to do this, +2-5$ imho. you can see here, how I prefer crazy colors.

And colored with fx.

Stewart Vernon
07-27-2017, 08:47 PM

I learned quite a bit actually working with multiple colorists, each of whom had different ways they wanted some bits done. It helped me to refine my process a bit over time, and learn more questions to ask up front.

I can see the value in separating not just characters but some planes and other objects too... depending how the colorist is going to apply shading/lighting/effects and I was surprised in a way I didn't get more requests for some of that.

Some wanted random colors, possibly for the reason you state... so they could tell more easily when they've completed an area or not later... but some wanted me to get close where I could, and then just the last one actually wanted me to sample from reference and get as close to final "base" colors as I could for most things.

I ended up running the gamut from doing just the basics of flatting and hitting the high points... all the way to picking out every bit of trim and using accurate colors. I figure some of that is par for the course, working with different colorists will bring different requirements... and pay presumably would need to reflect those different amounts of work too.

Thanks so much for posting these examples. I actually haven't seen final coloring on the pages I flatted recently, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they turn out and wondering if knowing what they turn them into might make me think/work differently on flats in the future.

07-29-2017, 03:24 AM
I'm interested. Your work is good. Not Sean Ellery good but it's good. Check my inks page please.

07-29-2017, 05:36 PM
Wow man I'm quite impressed with the color on this page, it does all the things in my opinion a colorist should do quite well and avoids my pet peeves, I like that you delineate forms and and show depth with contrast of color rather than shade (which always makes work look too dark to me) I like that you seem to enhance the page without fighting the line work, it gives enough form and definition to look modern without overdoing it, really great stuff. I'm kinda sorry you're not available for work at the moment since I'm pretty close to the point where I'm going to need someone for a project (but I'm glad it's because you're getting consistent work you deserve it)