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Freaks & Gods Page 18 Coloring Part 2 by Chris Dreier

Welcome back to Panel by Panel. It’s like my diary of creating my comic. Here you’ll see the progress of my comic Tales of the Dark Tunnel (which is world-building for my series Freaks & Gods). Also, you may see some tips, shortcuts, ideas for story flow, how-tos, problem-solving, or maybe you’re just here to see some cool art.

This week is part two of my coloring process. Last week’s post I showed you how I use Krita to get the basic color flats done for a page. Now I’ve copied and pasted those colors into the page in Clip Studio Paint.


Here is the panel in Clip Studio. Look pretty good. I had to nudge the color layer over a bit to get it to line up. That’s not the case for every page.

Now here’s the panel with the ink layer turned off. The flats are not very clean. It’s like Krita traced around the ink lines and left them to be filled with the nearby color. No worries, because this can be easily fixed.



First, what I did was to use the “Auto-Select” tool and uncheck the “Apply to connected pixels only” in the Tool Property box. What this will do is select all of the same color over the entire color layer. In this case…white.




Using the “Lasso Fill” I filled the areas with the same color. You could use a brush as well. What I end up with is a “silhouette” of the figure.



Now with the “silhouette” selected (using the auto select again) I can go into the figure and color the details either using the lasso fill or a brush.


It goes pretty quickly because the hardest part was done in Krita. Using this method I can get a page finished in about an hour and half. Keep in mind this doesn’t count for shading or “special” effects. In the case of this particular book I’m going with a flat color look with occasional highlights and shadows.

I realize the flats are not “pretty” underneath the inks. I also know some colors will go too far one way or the other under the inks. It’s not the most “professional” but all I’m after is the figures look great and the speed in which I can do it. J


Well, I hope this helped you out a bit. Maybe you learned something or just found it interesting. Either way thanks so much for checking it out. I have tons of other posts here about inking and editing pages so please check those out too.

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That should do it for this week. Thanks so much for checking out my how-to/follow along progression diary of my comic book series. I really hope you are enjoying it!

I truly hope you and your family stay safe and healthy during these strange times.

Keep making comics and we’ll see you next week!


Chris Dreier

Writer, Artist, Inker, Colorist
His career as an inker over the past twenty years had him working with Antarctic Press, Chaos Comics, AC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Avatar Press, IDW,  SkyStorm Studios, and Joe Books. Chris is currently working on his creator-own project Freaks & Gods.