Thursday, August 25, 2011

Coloring Someone Else's Drawings - Not Just For Kids Anymore

My first professional comic book work is finally printed and in my possession.  Doug TenNapel's Bad Island, published by Scholastic Books.  Before I drew Scrooge and Santa, I was a Lead Colorist with Katherine Garner on what was TenNapel's latest comic.  This was the first time I had done anything professional for the comic industry.  Not to mention, the first time I had every worked as a Colorist.  I was just starting to get to know Doug when he asked me to do this, and working through it helped to develop a friendship with him.  Mr. TenNapel is a good man, a hard worker and a great guy to work under.   I also got to know Katherine and learn what an equally hard worker she is, not to mention her skills in the craft of coloring.  My position was to develop a color pallet that other colorists could work from, and together we created the base colors for Katherine to the render (shadows/highlights) and adjust.  It was a good experience and I'm very pleased with the result.
This project lead to other work with Doug, including coloring his web comic Ratfist (Lead Colorist - Katherine Garner).  This on-line graphic novel is in the works to be published by Image Comics, but you can read the entire thing for free right now!
As an extra treat, I was recently given a copy of Bad Island and a Ratfist shirt.
 Thank you Doug and Katherine for all your hard work and support.


  1. Hurray! Love Ratfist and can't wait to get a copy of bad island. Mr. TenNapel seemed like a really decent person when I met him briefly at the con. I'm glad to hear that impression is the right one. Congrats to you all.