I’ve spent the last few years putting together my comic book, The Wool of Jonesy. So, I’ve been looking at various sources, such as my library, books, web articles, and old sketches, to put together Jonesy and, now, PFC Joe. PFC Joe is a mini-comic that will be featured within Indigenous Narratives Collective’s Might Code Talkers due this summer.
Well, I wanted to share some of my processes and resources. Mainly resources for now. One thing I’ve been doing is prepping my line art digitally to color digitally, which I’m doing with PFC Joe. A couple of things to consider is you want to retain the rich blacks in your line art so it doesn’t become muddled next to the rich colors. By rich blacks I mean black that will include cyan, magenta, and yellow when you later have to convert to CMYK for commercial printing. Another thing you’ll come across is the color shift if you do convert from RGB to CMYK. You’ll want to print your CMYK color mode files for a soft proof so you can adjust your digital colors. There are plenty of articles online about RGB and CMYK, and line art, but I included a couple below. Take a look and enjoy.
Line Art Separation
Digital Colors for Comic Books