Bring colour to Black Pan­ther

Ken Lash­ley’s Black Pan­ther is brought to life by Juan Fer­nan­dez, a pro colourist who passes on a decade’s worth of comic industry ad­vice

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Issue 137 August 2016 -

Juan Fer­nan­dez works on Ken Lash­ley’s line art.

Black Pan­ther was the first su­per­hero I re­ally iden­ti­fied with. I’m a huge fan of the char­ac­ter. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to work on the comic and it’s al­ways been a blast.

When show­ing the process of how a comic im­age is cre­ated there are al­ways a few cre­ators in­volved, usu­ally a pen­ciller , inker and colourist. I’ve been ink­ing my own work for years now and I’ve be­come more com­fort­able as I move for­ward in my ca­reer. So I de­cide to treat this work­shop like I do my day job, and ask my colourist to do his thing over my inks. l start my work the same way I do all my dig­i­tal work: I lay down some rough ar­eas and just get rolling. I open the work up by not over­draw­ing and let­ting the colourist have room to cre­ate. Juan Fer­nan­dez does some amaz­ing work, and fin­ishes the piece with great style.

l be­gin this draw­ing by lay­ing down my red pen­cil. I use red be­cause the lead doesn’t be­come waxy when I ink over it. I use a lot of smaller pens and build up the line weights. I don’t do roughs usu­ally – cer­tainly not in this case.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the inks I cre­ate a ‘clean’ ver­sion. I take the full colour scan, turn the im­age to Black and White in Pho­to­shop, then turn down each colour. I then go to the Lev­els func­tion and in­crease the black and de­crease the grey. Now it’s saved and ready for the next phase. It’s colour time. Over to you, Juan.

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