FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… RUTH REDMOND
This time we have the first colourist to answer 7 questions… Ruth Redmond.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
Self Published – Ponder (2011)
Irish Comic – Lightning Strike #2 (2013)
American Comic – IMAGINE Agents #1, BOOM! Studios (2013)
All the work I’ve done for other people has been as a colourist but on the rare occasion that I do self-publishing I do everything myself.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
Since Ponder I have learnt an awful lot about drawing and telling stories and comic making in general. Since I started colouring comics I’ve also learnt an incredible amount, in no small part thanks to the wonderful support of Jordie Bellaire and Declan Shalvey and many other cool people! But I’d say the thing that is the most obvious is I have learnt to work a lot faster and have become more efficient with both my time and my file sizes. I was so achingly slow at colouring when I first met Jordie haha
What’s your process for coloring/drawing a comic book?
I’m gonna go ahead and just talk about colouring here since I am better known as a colourist. When I’m colouring I read the script first and if I can, look at the pages at the same time. I also ask for advance notes from the editor/writer/artist for things they do or do not want to see on the coloured page. I might at this stage also ask questions if something isn’t clear. Then I flat it or pay someone else to do that part cause flatting is the pits. Then I colour away! Colouring after flats on average takes me an hour to two hours to do. I colour in Photoshop CS 5, using a .tif file and usually have my layers laid out as follows (bottom to top); Flats (Locked), Colour, Grads, Brush, Inks(Locked). Anything special might get its own layer at first but will be merged later. I use the CMYK sliders to mix my colours and colour in CMYK mode. When I’m finished colouring I send the editor a small resolution .jpeg of the image in RGB mode and once they have approved it I can send them on the final .tif file.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Oh man, I am very heavily influenced by webcomics! I just can’t get enough of them! I really adore the work of Emily Warren and Christina Strain (Emirain), Ashley Cope, Tyson Hesse, Danielle Corsetto, Michelle Czajkowski, Gigi D.G, Noelle Stevenson, Heather Meade, Jayd Aït-Kaci aaah the list goes on forever!
I’m also really into animation. I get a lot of inspiration from classic Disney films as well as more contemporary Disney/Pixar and Dreamworks films. I like TV animation too, like Gravity Falls, Motorcity and Young Justice. Older animation from the 50s and 60s makes me very happy too. Anything featuring the work of Maurice Noble and Phil DeGuard is gonna make me happy.
I use tumblr to get my fix of everything else to do with art. By following the right kinds of blogs my dashboard is chock full of amazing painters, photographers, designers and illustrators. If I’m ever feeling low on inspiration and just need a quick shot of it, 15 minutes on my tumblr dash will cure what ails ya!
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on the last issue of the BOOM! mini series IMAGINE Agents, an indie book called Exit Generation and a book with Marc Laming as well as doing my third year studying animation at IADT
What do you have out now or coming out next?
Issue 2 of IMAGINE Agents comes out the 20th November, Exit Generation is coming out Thought Bubble weekend.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Hmm…anything by Phil Barrett. Dude is ridiculously good