Colour & lighting
1 Light source
This globe is the primary and only light source. I choose a bright yellow light with a limited range, to concentrate the visual energy on to the main characters.
2 Adding narrative
Steve is an outsider, a point driven home by his military-green shirt. The actual colour is much closer to golden brown – it’s only because of the surrounding colour scheme that it appears to look green.
3 Dead as a…
I laughed when I saw the dodo, but I also understood its significance as a clue that this isn’t the real Themyscira. I do some dodo research before colouring and use a thin, yellow highlight along its body to keep it from getting completely lost in shadow.
4 A sense of perspective
There’s great depth of field, and colour can put it into perspective. I choose the focal point, emphasise it with the most contrast in hue or value, and allow planes to ‘recede’ by cooling colours and reducing details.
5 Hold the detail
It would be very easy for a colourist to get lost in rendering every little face and hand. However, too much colour detail would confuse the overall composition, so I keep the smaller figures in almost flat colour.
6 Play with emotions
The emotion has changed significantly from panel two to panel three, so I accentuate Hippolyta’s scowl and shadow Diana’s face to suggest she’s still in the dark about what’s happening.