So now that I have that production notes thing done over how I went about coloring issue 1's cover, I think it's time to get to work on the cover for issue 2. Here's what I know so far: you want me to make it reminiscent of film noir. So, I have gone through some searches and came up with some of these posters to start the dialogue about what you mean by that.
But before we do that, recognize this?
I remember that this shot in Sin City was what you showed to me to convince me to read it way back in the day. Funny.
Anyway, here are some of the images that stuck out to me in a brief search with why I have included them:
This poster for Tueur a Gages is an example of the effective use in old noir posters of red and greens. I noticed in my searches that these colors were really common in them, only beaten out by pure black and grey imagery. I think this trend of red and green is a product of the primitive color separation technologies available back then. Not sure. However, this green-red contrast is pretty signature and I think it might be a good idea to employ it in the cover at hand. Thoughts?
I don't like the red/green as it is too much Christmas looking.
This Metropolis poster uses this scheme in a way that might apply to our image, which is largely architectural.
This has possibilities but beware of too much red. Red should be used sparingly in my opinion as it can overwhelm an image. It works here though.
Another common trend in these old movie posters is the technique of superimposing a portrait over the main image. It shows up again and again. I think this might be something that might be cool, but it would require new and added work from Kav on the piece. Here's an example of it done in some colors that I find engaging, th0ugh not foreboding:
I especially like the contrast of golds and violets -- but I always find that contrast fresh. Onward.
I tried this technique on issue 1 cover and Josh rightly nixed it but I think it was worth considering and might work on a future cover.
I think this magazine cover is a good example of the colors most usually seen in modern noir stuff. Sources that stand out in my recent memory are LA Confidential, Boardwalk Empire, and the Mad Men series. We could go with this sort of look for it too, but I think it might be a little trickier to make it clear that this is the genre that we are putting pressure on. I think the original artwork will need to be tweaked to make this sort of thing work.
this looks like the best approach so far.
Finally, I wanted to include this image as a vote of confidence that it can be done for a superhero book and work. Enjoy!
Micah, I really like where you are going with this. I like the idea of pulling colors out of the issue ! cover to use. It will create a unified look. Of the ones you have here, I like the green/red color scheme on that French poster. Though, if e do our cover that starkly, it will look like two different images.
I agree and check this out: