Working With A Colorist.
We put out a call for a temporary colorist for Issues 23 and 24. Garth was feeling the strain of doing every aspect of the comic’s art, and I thought hiring a colorist would be a good way to ease that stress. He agreed, and thus began our experiment of working with a total stranger on Star Power, albeit temporarily.
After receiving many excellent submissions and reviewing many portfolios, we chose Rebecca McConnell.
There are always horror stories with every creative endeavor or collaboration, but just as Garth and I seemed to fall in to the perfect working relationship, we managed to avoid all imaginable problems with Rebecca. Not only did we find her coloring of Garth’s artwork to be vivid and atmospheric, but she was courteous to work with and her turnaround time was almost lightning-fast. We sent her full scripts and she paid close attention to our story, adding lighting elements that weren’t in the inks or even the scripting. She painted with light. She enhanced our work by both maintaining our existing color scheme and adding her own flair to the palette. We lucked out with Rebecca, and she comes highly recommended from us if you’re looking for a colorist.
Adding extra hands to any creative project comes with risks, but the rewards are worth it. Rebecca’s coloring had us looking at our characters and our setting in a different light (no pun intended), and a new perspective on an established project can be a breath of fresh air when you didn’t realize you needed it. Getting out of your comfort zone can be stressful, but it’s only when you push past your safe spaces that you discover new and exciting things.
Garth is ready to get back to coloring Issue 25 and onward. We’re very thankful for Rebecca’s work, her vision, and her commitment to our comic. We hope you enjoyed her colors as much as we did.