We’re super busy behind the scenes, what with only TWO DAYS left until the big premiere of Sugar and Spice vs. Everything Nice.
Our girls will be coming at you for free every Tuesday in glorious full-color action.
Only— it wasn’t always going to be that way.
Originally, we were going to create a black-and-white comic because it was easier, less expensive to print and created an aesthetic homage to manga.
The first chapter of the story was created entirely in black-and-white and we printed a preview in a comic anthology Saturday Morning Snack Attack! But we found out that people were really responding well to the full-color pin ups of Sugar and Spice, but had a hard time connecting those images to the black-and-white comic they were presented with.
And the more we saw our girls in color, the more we wanted to make the whole book in color. So we went about doing just that— which presented a lot of problems.
For starters— we had an entire portion of the book already done in black-and-white. Having to go back and color those pages was a bit of a time sink, but even worse it presented some weird problems for us.
Brandon designed some of the minor characters in black-and-white, so we didn’t really have an actual color palette for them. It took us forever to go about picking colors for these characters because there were a bunch of story elements we had to incorporate into the decision that we didn’t have to worry about before. Suddenly it seemed like every color had a hidden meaning we had to be aware of.
It’s much easier to pick colors when it’s part of the design process. All of the pages we did after making the decision to do color were designed with color in mind, so it looks and feels natural.
Adding color to black-and-white is really weird, because your mind kind of fills in the colors for you and when you see the actual colors, it always clashes with what you had in your head. No matter what colors you choose, it never looks quite right as the imaginary colors you’re used to.
Thankfully Sugar and Spice were designed with color in mind, so the stars of the show always look the way we intended them to.
When the comic premieres you might notice a slight change in the art between the first chapter and the rest of the story. That’s due to the fact that we had to color over the original black-and-white images. It’s not so different that it’ll be a distraction, but if you find yourself wondering why things suddenly look a little brighter, you have your answer.
Stick around and follow Sugar and Spice on Tumblr. We’ll be premiering on August 5th and updating every week after that!
Sugar and Spice vs. Everything Nice on Tumblr
Kris Moore (writer) on Tumblr
Brandon Williams (artist) on Tumblr
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