mattjbatt

Graphic Designer & Illustrator. Colorist for Dead Letters from BOOM Studios.
Inks! I always make a mess.

Inks! I always make a mess.

outofsteparts:

FOR SALE AT THE SPX OOSA BOOTH (W44-45):

At SPX this weekend, Chis Visions will have copies of his self-published comic Devils on the Levee, along with some individual issues and maybe the collected TPB of Dead Letters. Chris will also have a variety of prints, original art and more, so be sure to swing by and check it out.

If you can’t make it to the show, you can always buy Chris’ prints and art in the OOSA Store. You can buy copies of Dead Letters at your local comic shop.

(via chrisvisions)

Crunch time. #colors

Crunch time. #colors

Edits time.

Edits time.

The Alamo

The Alamo

Breakdown of Comics Roles

ok, quick breakdown of comic book roles.
My buddy John Trent is reviewing comics at:
He had some questions regarding who does what in comics so I gave this rather quick, kinda poor, overview of what different roles. I didn’t really edit the following from our g-chat convo, so excuse the sloppy nature of it.
Remember it’s words & pictures.
Writer: responsible for script, plotting, concept. 
Penciller: we’re seeing it less and less frequently, where an artist will be solely responsible for pencils.
Most of the storytelling and compositional decisions are made at this point, but it’s not usually the final product.
There’s some historical printing related reason for inking, but I can’t recall - however - these days it’s just the norm for all artwork to be inked. 
Inkers tend to make a lot of decisions for rendering, but also separating foreground and background, there’s a lot of fine work that’s done there that isn’t always apparent.or 
JR JR is a great example because (especially his earlier work) his books look very different depending on the Inker, Klaus Janson inks him differently from Al Williamson. 
Currently though - a lot of artists will ink themselves. This is especially prevalent on pretty much anything that’s not Marvel or DC. 
But sometimes there’s just pairings that work JRJR/Janson, Jim Lee/Scott Williams
Colorist 
which is pretty self-explanatory - they color the book. 
That’s about it…? 
Letterer
They’re responsible for all the word balloons, text, most sound fx (sometimes the artist will do their own SFX)
Sometimes the letterer will create whole new fonts for a book.
Also if a letterer isn’t credited it’s usually done by either the writer or the artist.
i.e. Sean Phillips letters all his work. Whereas in Five Ghosts Frank letters the book.
The thing is - each aspect of the book adds up to the whole - it’s not as simple as just the plot. 

outofsteparts:

REBLOG GIVEAWAY!!! 

There has been a lot of stuff going on at Out of Step Arts here in the last little bit. I’ve been adding new books and original art to the store, you can buy shirts with designs from the artists in the OOSA Bodega, and now, the OOSA Print Shop is open where you can buy high quality print-on-demand fine art Giclee prints. We have several prints available already and we’ll be adding more all of the time, including some from a few of our friends!

So to help get the word out about all of these great things being offered to you by the OOSA artists and to celebrate our upcoming 3-year anniversary, I want to give you an opportunity to get free stuff! It’s easy, all you have to do is share this post.  

How it works:

  • Anyone who reblogs this post will be entered for a chance to win a free print from the Print Shop. “Likes” are appreciated, but they won’t get you entered in the contest.
  • On 8/1/14, I’ll randomly select three (3) people as winners. Winners will be notified via Tumblr, so be sure you have your ask or mail features activated. 
  • The three people selected will let me know which print they want based on what is in the Print Shop at the time the contest ends. We have currently have 7 prints, but plan on adding more. (*Some restrictions may apply, but I doubt it.)
  • I’ll mail you your print for free worldwide! Winners will not incur any costs or fees.  
  • If the person(s) selected cannot be contacted via tumblr, do(es) not respond timely, or declines, another person(s) will be be chosen.

Not bad for clicking a button, huh? 

Out of Step Arts features Alexis Ziritt, Nathan Fox, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, Andrew MacLean, Toby Cypress, Liz Suburbia, Paul Maybury, Chris Visions and Greg Ruth. 

You can find OOSA on Twitter, Instagram and online at www.outofsteparts.com.

Thanks for getting the word out about OOSA. Your help is certainly appreciated. Good luck!

This is real.

This is real.

outofsteparts:

A preview of Dead Letters #4 (BOOM! Studios) by Christopher Sebela and OOSA artist Chris Visions (with new colorist Matt Battaglia).