Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chamber of Chills #21

This cover, with art by Al Avision, is another exercise in coloring a vintage comic book cover. Again, I didn't look at the original published cover, at the lower right, before I did my version.

The image of the original file was a large jpg I found on the web, I needed to clean and square the image up before I could begin adding color. I am still surprised that I made some of the same coloring decisions the original colorist at Harvey Comics had made back in 1951. From comparing and analysing what works and doesn't work, compositionally, between the two colored versions, it is a way to learn how color can be used to direct the eye around the final cover. It takes a well composed original piece of art to start with; but the color can certainly help to create mood and emphasis in the final work.

1 comment:

Kris said...

Okay, this is just a creepy image on many levels; however, I like what you did with the candlelight and the silouette in the doorway.