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Marte Gracia is a Marvel colorist in Mexico. Marte has a pretty interesting technique to share. Marte works all in photoshop, which is pretty normal for colorists. You can follow Marte on twitter, facebook (where you will find everything here), deviant art and by getting All New XMen and NOVA.
Here is a complete before and after. I really like the precise blue outline. I would love to see how the color hold is set up on this. Or how the printer processed it, the mysteries of printers….
This kind of gives an idea of how Marte imports textures like galaxies and clouds into the background and foreground.
Here is an XMen WIP where you can clearly see the background to foreground progression and layer setup. It’s a very simple layer set up. I’d like to know how that affects the inevitable changes.
You can also see in this WIP how Marte uses varied greys as flats to control the space. This is an old oil painting technique that you may not have learned so I’ve included this lovely video about old school grisaille.
Here is a WIP before and after of an XMen two page spread with lines by Immonen and Von Grawbadger. You can clearly see the process of coloring from the background to the foreground. It is also nice to see how the grey tones translate to colors.
Finally here is some fan art of Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles. I think there are some wonderful and interesting choices in here. Certainly a lot more freedom than is available in mainstream comics.
Here is Marte’s brush set up. 100% opacity and 100% flow.
If Marte using only a soft brush, how are all those hard lines coming into existence? I wondered that too. Fortunately for all us fools Marte put up this video. The process is pretty amazing, it’s lasso based. I am miserable with the lasso. I will never use this technique, but it may work for others. There is some pretty cool texture technique at 5:30 and some cool lasso flatting/painting at 11:00 and beyond.
Thanks for letting me share this, Marte!