I’m doing some color palette research for a mini-comic I’m working on. A couple comics I love are absolutely killing it with their color choices.
If you are remotely interested in contemporary comics, you are likely familiar with at least some of the works of Gabriel Ba and Matt Fraction. They make an excellent science fiction spy book called Casanova, and as expected, their pictures and words (respectively) are great.
But the unsung hero of this book is definitely Cris Peter.
She uses the above 45-color palette to color the entire series. Every single image throughout the book ONLY uses these colors. I’ve worked with fewer colors, but only on one piece of artwork at a time. Try to wrap your head around coloring several issues (eighteen so far), each with shifting characters and settings and times of day spread across, oh, say, 150-200 panels per issue.
Noteworthy is the wide range of greens. The book has an overall greenish hue to it as a result - definitely evocative of the weird sci-fi vibe, but also expressive in a lot of different ways depending on how it’s used. Green can be warm or cool, dark or light, all depending on its context.
Anyway, Cris Peter does an incredible job of carrying the story forward while making Gabriel Ba’s drawings somehow more sophisticated and energetic. No small task.
Scan is from the first trade. Sorry if the quality is crappy… guess you’ll have to buy it yourself, you bum!