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Captain Britain

Inking & Colouring

As well as a digital artist, I also ink and colour comic books. My small claim to fame is that long time X-Men inker Tim Townsend taught me to ink!

Here are some samples of my inking:

And here's some samples of my colour work:

It'd be cool if we could use this area to discuss technique and the like. We'll see.

how to?

hi how do you colour in your inked imagery. do you ink first then colour and wat paints/inks do u use? im an art student looking at comics and hoping to understand how u do ur work.
hope u can help thanks
Captain Britain


The inking is done first, and I do that using the traditional combination of a #2 sable brush and black india ink.

For the colours, I scan the pages in (at between 400 and 600 dpi) as line art and then apply the colours in Photoshop. There are a number of ways to do this, but I do it by having the line art on a seperate layer to the colours, with the line art layer set to "multiply". Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any more questions.

re:how to

thanks for that it really helps, i was womdering if you could maybye send email me sum of ur work( i think its fascinating. have you got any favourite charaters and who has influenced you?
Captain Britain

Hi. Well, I can't really email you any of my work, I'm afraid, but you can find samples here -

You could also pick up the Smoke & Mirror tradepaperback which is out this week from Markosia, and should be available from all good comic shops and book shops. I've coloured the whole of that's 22 pages of my spangly colouring! Woohoo!

Also, check out series two of Smoke & Mirror, the first issue should be in comic shops in August, as I'm now the regular colourist on that book.

As for favourite characters...well, always been a big fan of Kitty Pryde, and Iron Man's a big favourite of mine too.

My influences, in regards to colouring, would just be every comic I've ever read...the only colourist who's ever really stood out to me was Liquid, a real pioneer when it comes to digital colouring. Liquid's colours always remained so vibrant, where other early computer colourists tended to muddy things up a bit.

When it comes to inking, my biggest influence is Tim Townsend, seeing as he actually taught me to ink. Inaki Miranda (Lexian Chronicles, 2000AD) recently commented that my inking is like a cross between Townsend and Palmiotti...which is probably one of the biggest compliments I've ever been paid. Forum Index -> Comics
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