Since I last posted/blogged, I have been focused on finishing the colors for issue #1 for print. Part of this process involves something I loathe doing, but had to get done: recoloring work by colorists I've hired.
In this case, I had to do the work on top of the "final" flattened page I was sent, which complicates things a bit. I had to do flats for several sections, and I am a slow flatter. Most of the corrections are just painted over; I really got into cleaning up paint overlaps with the eraser tool, which I've barely used before.
I've been mainlining homemade frappucinos and listening to an enormous amount of Train (hence the reference to "Your Every Color") as I've been doing this work.
MY FAVORITE MISTAKES:
Panel 5 - If you look really closely at the original version on the left, you'll notice that there is no gold color in Kathryn's ring; instead, the speed line background shows through her ring and finger!
Panel 5 (again) - Kathryn's warpaint stops at the deep shadow, and does not continue correctly to her hairline.
...to be fair, the colorist's version (on the left) was a pretty valiant effort (broadly, anyway), considering my lack of provided backgrounds. But the speed lines always looked too cartoony to me, so I replaced them with public domain photos.
Two even more major things always bugged me about this page: first, Kathryn's face modelling did not look properly human in panel 2, and second, after panel 1's police blue light hitting the horse's legs, the police blue light DOES NOT TOUCH KATHRYN OR THE HORSE FOR THE REST OF THE PAGE. And it SO would; it's how I designed and drew the thing. I shaded every panel in ink to show that there are TWO light sources -- one of which was meant to be the police light.
Jack's face in panel 3 also bugged me with its lack of bight gunfire light.
...I could go on. Suffice it to say, I painted in a LOT of changes, fixes, and edits.
You might also noticed that I rewrote large chunks of Robert's journal entry to make it darker, deeper, more informative, and funnier. And the caption boxes, more like paper. And I snuck in a reference to the Wallflowers and one to Joss Stone on page 1. Teehee. I feel like the captions are DONE now. They'd better be done.
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I did all the work detailed above in the midst of a bevy of appointments related to my wife's needs. We have finally risen up to accept her diagnosis like adults. We have been fighting against the notion for the last seven years, but after her last breakup with me, out of seemingly nowhere, I read the Wikipedia entry on Borderline Personality Disorder*... and it fit her to a tee. I read it to her, and she saw herself in it. We have since seen a mental health professional on her doctor's team, and been directed on how to find a therapist who can help counsel my wife. It's been a big relief to accept the truth and finally have some sense of direction.
(*Fascinatingly, we learned that, in having BPD, my wife's amygdala is too small and hyperactive, making negative emotions harsher and longer-lasting than they should be.)
In even better news... we found our lost stray cat! :D
...he had been missing for 6 weeks during an unusually dry late spring; I assumed that, if he hadn't been a victim of the coyotes in the vacant lot next door, he must have wandered too far and died of thirst. But no: someone found him almost three miles away and on the other side of two major freeways from home.
The downside: I think the awful neighbor across the parking lot from us is a sociopath, and that she took the cat and her own cat and abandoned them on the other side of the freeways, to make me look bad and punish me for calling security on her for having "patio" gatherings in the parking lot (where she and her kids and friends are a traffic hazard and noise nuisance). Thus, I've had to spend quite a bit of time and effort slyly blocking the windows so she doesn't know I've recovered him.
But we're keeping him safe. We adopted him from the pound and we're so happy to have him back. His name is Annie (short for Andrew), and he's a sweet little pain in the ass. Here he is eating lots and lots of my butter:
...but he does not get in trouble because I wuv him bunches.
Anyway: I'll be finishing up the first issue for print, and will announce that when it's ready. I'll finish issue #6 ASAP, and start issue #7 ASAP after that. Still looking at getting a new colorist.
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