Some tips on coloured comic creation from Yeo Hui Xuan Sensei!
tczstudio.com/product/rgb-dw-characters-stories/ --- “Merlion Animation Week” Awards News Flash:
First Local Full-Time Professional Comic Artist Awarded “Best Comic Storytelling Award”
Local professional comic artist – Yeo Hui Xuan was awarded “Best Comic Storytelling Award” at the “Merlion Animation Week” Awards last year. Her award-winning comic – “RGB” features three different character stories spun off from her main storyline – Dream Walker. The other two awards - “Best Comic Character Design” and “Best Comic Illustration Design” were awarded respectively to contenders from Indonesia and China.
As the competition was really stiff, this award came as a pleasant surprise to Hui Xuan. She adopts a positive outlook towards competitions, as the chase for fame is far different from being passionate about comic creation. This award is a hugh boost in confidence, not only for her and the people around her, but also in local comic creation.
The storytelling aspect of a comic is a challenge to the comic artist's ability to articulate and ensure that the story flows smoothly and fluently from one plot to the other. Not only does the comic artist need to learn how to express his or her style within the constraints of a short story, but to also be able to dissect and collate between the different panels and angles for the story to make sense. Lastly, they must also be able to put themselves in the perspective of their readers so as to achieve the best effect. --- What are the traits of a coloured comic? Let Zaobao Comma take you through!
1: An all-black background focuses on the character's expression.
2: Addition of smoke effects in the background, plus the severity of the character's tone, brings out his anger.
3: Tilted angles & speed lines expresses the character's haste to rush off.
4: Viewing an old photo from the main character's POV will enable the readers to feel her nostalgia.
Strip 5: To differentiate between past and present, a monochromatic coloured “sepia” filter can be applied.
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