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Project Waldo - Page 4 color by hughferriss Project Waldo - Page 4 color by hughferriss
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NOTICE: NATE HAS MOVED TO A NEW DEVIANTART ACCOUNT.

My new username is NateSonOfSimp: [link]

I chose my original username poorly, and now the internet thinks my name is "Hugh." Though I hate to have to rebuild my watcher list from scratch, I've decided that this switch will only get more difficult the longer I wait.

Thanks in advance for coming along with me to my new home on DeviantArt!

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Next page: [link]

Previous page: [link]

Original line art: [link]

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First-pass color for page 4 of Project Waldo.

All of the pages for Project Waldo are drawn directly in Photoshop CS3 using a Cintiq tablet monitor. For line work I use default brush settings at 100% hardness (4-pixel width for thin lines, 7-pixel width for outlines).

For coloring, I use the popular Multifill and Flatten plugins ([link]) to build selectable areas of color, and then I add new layers of color at different blend modes and opacities (this is a pretty random, haphazard, and slow process).

It usually takes me about a week to get a single page finished. Part of my reason for attempting this project is to learn ways to speed up my workflow.

Project Waldo will be released in 24-page installments beginning in 2010. For more information, and to sign up on a mailing list to be notified when the first issue comes out, visit the Project Waldo development blog: projectwaldo.blogspot.com.
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:iconmrb34n5:
MRB34N5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011   Filmographer
hookah lol. Amazing work
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AllHellDanielle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist
your drawing is fucking perfection...it literally took my breath away
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matimata Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Very good work. I like it a lot! Especially the characters faces and the colors. (it's so rare to see well drawned faces in comics, and it's even rarer to see good colors) Well done.
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dishpan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student General Artist
At what resolution do you draw? This is unbelievable! :)
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Thanks for the compliment, Haiko!

This page was drawn at 3300x5100. When I got a faster computer, I doubled the resolution for newer pages, in the hope that I might be able to sell them as posters. We'll see how that works out.

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope your tour of the Northern Cape wasn't as crappy as you thought it would be!
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dishpan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome! Thanks for the info, I'm considering going into the comic / graphic novel industry myself, so I found Project Waldo to be a massive inspiration! :)
Good luck with the poster thing! I'm sure people will be streaming to buy them.

Pleasure! Haha nah it was alright, I guess. :iconpikalaplz:
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y-me Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Take this with a grain of salt, because your whole project is ridiculously good, but the text bubble in the first panel that says, "He saved my skin..." makes it look like the girls breasts are talking instead of the guy. Clearly, I figured it out, but it was the one thing that jumped out at me as not being perfect in this one.
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
A-ha! Perhaps you've just picked up on the central twist of the plot: her boobs are betraying her!

No, I just didn't aim the word bubble correctly. It's one of those moves where I chose the location for the sake of composition rather than for ease of legibility. But looking at it now, you have a good point. I'll put it on the list.

Thanks for the help, y-me. If you see anything else that doesn't quite read, please let me know!
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y-me Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, boobs have a tendency to do that...

Keep up the great work, can't wait to see where this goes.
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BerolEagle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Your coloring is truly amazing, it isn't dark yet it still has an excellent contrast and reading.
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Thanks again, Pedro! It's been a real challenge to get the right balance between line readability, object separation, and pretty color. I don't know how you get such beautiful color, but in my case in involves layers, layers, more layers, and hours of experimentation with sliders.
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
A lot of information, atmosphere and story in just one single page. Good job :)

I can really see this as an album at Soleil (France), and if that happens I'll buy it :D
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Hi dunwich! Yeah, I'd love to work with Soleil. I've sent emails to a few French publishers, so we'll see what happens!

Thanks for your support!
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Got my fingers crossed for you :D
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JoonSong Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
a great page! :clap:
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Thank you very much! Your color is electric! You remind me a little bit of Paul Cadmus, who is rad. Keep up the great work!
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comicsmaniac Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
I swear, out of all of the comics I have ever read, I have never seen one as beautiful as this one. I thought the lineart was amazing enough, but the coloring is really something else!
I'm amazed that people can find errors... I guess my eye isn't sharp enough! ^^;
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
That's some high praise! Thanks a lot!

Hey, have you tried posting any of your t-shirt designs at threadless (www.threadless.com)? Your designs are beautiful, and I think you'd kick some butt over there. I know I'd buy them!
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comicsmaniac Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
I say that's some high praise from you! I've never even thought of trying to match up with all the amazing-art-student-designers on threadless. Maybe I should think about it! :D
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jellyCAKES Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Whoa. How long would it take you to do a page like this from start to finish?
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
I've been pretty slow so far. It takes me an average of one week to finish the line art and color for one page. That's working maybe 8-10 hours per day.

I like the stuff in your gallery! Omnomnom is very nice -- I really enjoy that looser style.
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jellyCAKES Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Man... that's a lot. I cant imagine how long it'd take you to finish a whole comic. S'ok though, 'cause it's all worth it. Your art is amazing.

Thanks for checking out my gallery too. =D
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IHideHere Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something about your linework that makes every page like sex. I swear.

I love the balance where, against the intense detail of the background, the subject pops out in it's simplicity. Also, I find the color schemes, and warm tones are very pleasant to look at.

Looking forward to reading along with you!
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Wha? Wow, I wish it felt like sex while I was drawing them. That would probably make the whole process much faster.

I'm happy that the detailed backgrounds work for you. A few people have actually written to me to explain that I've got it backwards -- that detail goes in the foreground and backgrounds should be simple. I think maybe because I read too much Richard Scarry as a kid, I really enjoy drawings that invite me to wander around a little bit.

Thanks for the very kind words!
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:iconlitchi-chan:
litchi-chan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness, every single thing about Project Waldo is fantastic. Can't wait until it's a published book in my hands. :love:
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Wow, I'm glad you like it!

I know I'm supposed to be all supportive of young, talented artists, but it's super annoying when they're too talented. Please stop being as good as you are. "Make Me Smile" is a very, very nice piece. I can't wait to see more!
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sindos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing attention to detail, this is delicious :meow:
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Thank you very much, sindos! I love your profile pic animation. If only you could add sound to an animated .gif! Raaar! Raaar!
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sindos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! immagine trying to read all of your comments, each avatar with sound! :noes: panic!
Uhm, I think I'll just watch you :3
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist
Wow, is this going to be a Graphic Novel?
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Someday, I hope. But before that, it'll come out as a series of 24-page issues. Looks like it'll be about one issue every six months, at this rate. If you want me to ping you when the first issue comes out, you can join the mailing list at my blog: [link].

Thanks!
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FunnyMask Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
Awesome details!
And her expression is so realistic :O
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you like it.

You're showing off a huge range at your gallery. Great graphic design stuff, great photography, and some really surprising paintings, too! I love "Run Yesi Runnnnn." Ha ha. A real Renaissance man!
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FunnyMask Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Wow! Thank you very much for the comment and the time you spend watching my stuff :)
It's very very very appreciated and it's an honour coming from an artist like you!
Thank you very much again! :hug:
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:iconcurlpop:
curlpop Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Your comics make my heart swell! You definitely know what you're doing.
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Aw, thanks! That's a really nice thing to say.

I'm getting an awesome Love and Rockets vibe from your comic. I like that you're writing about real people in real situations. That takes major guts. Most of us flee to fantasyland, you know? Keep it up!
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curlpop Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional Filmographer
*made my day*
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madcomputerscientist Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Artist
DunDunDun! The plot thickens!
...I suppose this is the beginning though, so...
The plot is thick!
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Yep, the plot's going to be in knots pretty soon. I hope you're enjoying it so far!
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TheBeardedComic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Great stuff! I'm absolutely loving this :heart:
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Thanks a lot, Bigbadburks!

I'm trying to figure out how you made the tags in your gallery. Are those painted or are they assembled from other source material? Either way, they look great!
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TheBeardedComic Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I made them using a render (cut out image) of the image and then using a program called Paint.NET to edit them.

My work isn't that great by most peoples standards. If I had photoshop the quality of my work would increase 10 fold.
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reciprocated Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
great stuff keep it coming
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Your photography is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Spectacular stuff!

Thanks for the kind words!
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blueisa Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student Filmographer
aaahh your linework and panelling and pacing is so amazing x___x
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:iconhughferriss:
hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Really? Thanks!

Abaddon Meets Mark is coming along great! You've already drawn a whole comic, and you're only 17... You're going to be a terror! Keep up the great work!
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blueisa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Student Filmographer
oh yesssss :D if you ever have the whole thing published let us, deviantart know!

oh my you saw that? hah its a bit embarassing its not really a full blown comic more like character experimentation between me and a friend ^^;

i sure hope so! : D thanks a lot!!
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Roiuky Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
this is hands down the most well drawn comic I´ve ever had the pleasure to read! your amazing, keep it up!!
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hughferriss Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Wow, really? That's so nice of you!

Kiriban for Kaola is beautiful. There's a lot of awesomeness up at your gallery -- keep doing what you're doing! It's all great!
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Roiuky Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
well, I sincerly mean it!^_^ thanks, she liked it too, and thanks for the praisin..I will!!(and eagerly waitin for ur comic!!)^_*
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