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Blood, I want BLOOD!!!
JustNoPoint at 2:22PM, Aug. 24, 2007
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I'm wanting to try some different ways to render blood in a color comic. I am not entirely content with my current method.
http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Devon_Legacy_Prologue/index.php?p=265947
I tried another approach here
http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Devon_Legacy_Prologue/index.php?p=267444

I would like to have feedback, tips, or see examples of other ways to render blood, please. I appreciate any assistance I may get :3
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SarahN at 3:21PM, Aug. 24, 2007
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It is hard to make blood look good. Though I think the blood in this page looks better than the other one of yours. Darker is better in my opinion…I always find brighter red blood looks more fake…like punch or something.

I do find using a brighter red works better for highlighting it than white does though (or just have very little white). But really I think your more recent method of coloring it works fine…perhaps maybe work on how it flows more? ….aaand that's about as far as my advice goes.
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spacehamster at 3:38PM, Aug. 24, 2007
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What you did on page 22 works better for me as it gels more with the rest of your style. It really depends on what the rest of the art looks - I wouldn't use as much highlighting because in the context of my style, it ends up looking like ketchup, but with your style, it looks good.

Here's an example of how I like to do it:

http://www.drunkduck.com/Bulletproof/index.php?p=255945

I outlined where the blood would go in ink, filled the area with a relatively dark red tone and then put a color hold with a slightly brighter red over the ink to hint at a highlight around the edge. On the surrounding rubble, I added some red with a Photoshop brush that's made from a scan of an ink spatter. Looking at it now, I probably should have used the spatter brush on the character as well.

Another example of the spatter brush for blood is this:

http://spacehamster.deviantart.com/art/Aftermath-27254958

Here I also used the brush over the hand-drawn blood smear on the tombstone, which… really doesn't make any sense, but it looks kinda cool.
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JustNoPoint at 3:58PM, Aug. 24, 2007
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SarahN: Yeah I surely need to work on the way it flows. Gotta new idea for that already cause of you saying that ^_^ I think I prefer the darker look as well, however…

spacehamster: brings up a good point that perhaps the brighter color works better in the style I am using. Agh conflict.

About your method SH, I think the blood on the inanimate objects looks well. But I think the blood on the people should definitely be darker with your style. Your art is VERY good, that blood doesn't really stand out or draw my attention. Ignore me if you are happy with your method =P

I think the flow may be the secret to making the blood more “lively” and bring out reader emotions better. But brighter or darker… hmmm….
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 4:44PM, Aug. 24, 2007
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my reccomendation would be to work on the form of the blood… I have this free-download font that has cool blood splatters instead of letters, it might be helpful.. anyway, you can get it here:
http://www.abstractfonts.com/font/11220
maybe by making the blood drip and splatter, it'll look more bloodlike?

I agree to go with the darker color though, it looks nice in the comic :D
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JustNoPoint at 5:59PM, Aug. 24, 2007
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I really like this font! Thank you for showing it to me ^_^
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spacehamster at 3:28AM, Aug. 25, 2007
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JustNoPoint
About your method SH, I think the blood on the inanimate objects looks well. But I think the blood on the people should definitely be darker with your style. Your art is VERY good, that blood doesn't really stand out or draw my attention. Ignore me if you are happy with your method =P

Well, it's kind of a moot point now because I'm not doing the comic in color anymore, but thanks for the input, anyway - I'll keep it in mind for covers or anything else that I still do in color.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:50PM

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