Comic 250 - Blues in the Night, Page 9

21st Aug 2013, 12:00 AM in Blues in the Night
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Martin F. 21st Aug 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Not sure what all to say here, though I'm pretty happy with this one. Is definitely a bit of whiplash color-wise from the previous page, but that's been happening a lot in this chapter between the kids and McCay. Speaking of, wonder if it was intentional on Adam's part that for most of the chapter they're in situations where it's dark out while McCay's largely in colorful, bright situations. Fits the situation well. Granted, that's far from entirely the case, but still, interesting.

Not sure what else to say here... Kind of just getting up and all, plus I've done a lot of Blues pages lately so kind of hard to recall that much about coloring any given one.

Do remember this one kind of taking awhile, though. Funny thing, as often as they turn up, I tend to really dislike coloring people in suits; tends to lead to very samey colors that it can be kind of hard to keep straight, plus the tie tends to tack on something extra to keep tabs on. At least McCay's outfit of choice mixes it up, there's that.
Adam C. 21st Aug 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Heheh.... Nah, that wasn't intentional at all. ^^ Did want this to be a dark chapter of course, but that just kinda happened.

Huh... Just realized how potentially-confusing this page might be, but hopefully it's not that bad.

Heheh... I love McCay's waistcoat. I really love the waistcoat-look in general. Martin told me that suits are usually not fun for him to work with since they're very samey and require more work. While they're not very much work on my end, they are very monotonous, so I had to do something to distinguish McCay's, same way I did, more subtly, with Spencer's.

McCay's a publicly-funded superhero, so Uncle Sam has a few marketing personnel to give him a proper codename and costume to suit his power. as an in-joke, in the lineart I made two of them resemble Dan Didio and Joe Quesada, the current president of DC and former editor-in-chief of Marvel respectively. Then I needed a third guy who would look like a douchebag, so I went with Bill Shatner. They weren't colored to look the rest of the part, but eh, just thought it was kinda neat tidbit. I'm not even entirely sure where I was going with that commentary anyway.

Like the execs said, there are no visual effects to telepathy, and in McCay's original design sheet I included a kind of silvery crown like on the costume mock-up. I kinda figured in the end that it wasn't needed and that it would be obvious enough when he was using his power and when he wasn't without that kind of visual aid.

Oddly enough, I figured McCay's widow's peak was just due to an odd hairline, I have a high one myself, but in drawing a recent page I found out it's actually a little of both. Funny, how that turns out.


karma chameleon 21st Aug 2013, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
I thought McCay was thinning out a bit.
Adam C. 21st Aug 2013, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Yeah, seems he is, though I think the hairline was oddly-shaped to begin with.
Wolfintina 21st Aug 2013, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Dr. Genight doesn't seem as concerned about McCays health as Dr. Downes is, that costume looks silly and those bloodshot eyes of his could scare someone which is probably why he's always wearing sunglasses now.
Adam C. 23rd Aug 2013, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh.... Yeah, we'll be seeing him without the shades soon enough. ^^