It's about time I introduce the flat artists of The Din! Last year (2014) I was so eager to wrap up/catch up with colors (due to posting the comic in black/white first) that I decided to hire some help doing the flats. With this help I also managed to color all of the Prologue and Chapter 1 in time for the annual comic festival in Stockholm: so I could bring a printed copy!
Randi was the first one I reached out to! She's been doing flats for colored pages of the Medley series (A Swedish ongoing comic by Lisa Medin), and I heard she had done such a great job. Naturally, she did an amazing job with The Din pages as well! :)
Randi went to a comic school in Hofors/Gävle in Sweden, which is pretty cool (I am jealous). I got to know her through a friend who went to that school. Man, my friends are pretty awesome that way!
So, what does a page look like when I send it off for flats? I'll share the process a bit!
I send the page in it's original size with line art and black solids in separate layers (black solids: the grey areas as seen here).
I also send her a quick "Color Key" version of the page where I basically just paint on top really quick. Usually this looks more thorough, but since there was a page before this one where I set the general mood/color key for this scene, I made notes about where she could pick colors from in the previous page. :)
In return, I get the whole page in flats, organized in layers.
It's super tidy! Look!
Erm, yes, that's Swedish...
However, about 42 pages into Chapter 1 I realized that this was a really tedious and time consuming way of coloring and putting flats. Right now I only organize my flats in few layers (2-5) for each panel and paint out a lot of the separate colors by hand! Makes things much easier and quicker for me and the flat artist. :)
This is where I come in and do all the fun work! After about 3 hours of happily shading the well prepared flats, this is the final result. This is what it looks like without speech bubbles, hurray!
I am planning to hire Randi again as soon as I have edited and tweaked a big batch of the old, uncolored pages. It's going to be a great help to wrap up Chapter 2!
Randi has currently been doing flats on a total of 14 pages!
Anyway, if you are a comic artist and interested in hiring a flats artist, I recommend Randi! Contact her through tumblr or let me know and I will give you her contact info! :)