Alec Longstreth, the colorist for The Unsinkable Walker Bean, is showing off his color schemes for the different characters at the First Second blog. The book, by Aaron Renier, tells the story of a boy who sets out to sea on a magical errand and winds up on a pirate ship. The story has a large cast, and it’s interesting to learn that Renier has background material on all the characters, even those who only have cameos. He also sent reference photos to Longstreth, who gave each character a unique set of colors. At the blog Longstreth shows off his reference sheet as well as a few examples of the finished work. This book is chock full of characters and detail, and this sort of consistency makes it much easier for the reader to follow.
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