Palindrome Potpourri In Color! Plus Flats.

I've been doing some flat color for hire on another artist's project, and kind of enjoying myself. Up to now the digital color work I've done has all been in Photoshop, but my occasional colorist Jacob Mercy convinced me to try Clip Studio Paint, the weirdly named Japanese software application that was formerly known as Manga Studio. Jacob  was right- the flatting tools in Clip Studio paint are far faster and more accurate than what I was able to do in Photoshop, so much so that a pretty mechanical task becomes almost fun. Just for fun, I decided to apply Clip Studio Paint colors to one of my own comics pieces, the very first Palindrome End Strip I posted in 2017. I'm also including the underlying flats, which I think have a pleasing brutalist look on their own. At some point I may experiment with a piece using just flat color and no holding lines.

This piece is not QUITE up to standard- it needs one more swipe with the bucket tool to eliminate some spots of bright green in the man's pants and fingers in the bottom panel. Even though they're hidden under the line layer, they could be visible if it were printed slightly off-register.  

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