Tomb of Dracula Thursdays - page 04

Another Thursday, another page.

A couple of notes on skin tones on this page. First, there is a difference in Wong's skin colouring in panel three versus what I did with panels five and six. This is due to the simple fact that in the third panel he is dead, while in the later panels he is still alive. Still, it's a bit muted due to being a night scene.

Secondly, the appearance of Dracula in that last panel. Well, you know, he's undead. It's amazing how often, without a good reason for it, vampires are coloured with a deep tan or something. Unless there is a story point (the vampire just fed, they have different skin tones, whatever), they should be a bit bluer and paler than the other characters in the book. And, yes, Drac did just feed here, but I also want to use the muted skin tone to separate him from the other characters in the book. Just to emphasize his alien nature. Plus, it will help later when he and Doc Strange are in the same panels, as they look very similar.

I had talked about keeping Doc Strange to soft modeling, not going to extreme highlights due to the cloth that he wears (rather than it being spandex or some other shiny fabric). Well, that doesn't apply in the fourth panel, due to the fact that he's more of an astral projection at this point. If I recall correctly, he's usually coloured flat white whenever he's projecting, so I thought I could go with a funky green energy approach. Plus, this signifies his forming into the image of Wong, since Wong has blue/green clothing.

The only colour holds here are on Doc's astrally-projecting form.

This book was written by Marv Wolfman, with artwork by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer, and lettering by John Costanza.

See the original blog post about this project to learn more of the story behind why I'm colouring this issue.


Zaki said…
Wow, that looks gorgeous!
Ian Sokoliwski said…
Thanks :)

Have you been following these Tomb of Dracula Thursdays?
Zaki said…
Yep...I've been enjoying seen your interpretations, especially since I have some deep affection for the originals. It might be heresy, but I prefer your versions.
Ian Sokoliwski said…
Well, thanks. This isn't really about being better than the colouring that Tom Palmer did on these pages originally, but just to see what I can come up with using a different approach as well as the colouring technology available today. :)