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"Flatters?"

Mon Jul 4, 2011, 12:35 PM


What?  I mean really... Have some colorists gotten lazy or something?  I've been seeing a small boom recently of people that take line art from stuff such as the "Color-Me-Club" and start lying on "flats" posting them back out there for people to use.  It's nice and all for people to want to save a colorist some effort but is this really necessary?  I suppose I don't see the point because I'm more of a painter and the way I do things leaves no room for a "flatter" to work on it as well.  I'm used to a pencil artist, an inker, and colorist but adding a fourth person to the mix seems a bit redundant...

Anyone else have thoughts on this?

(and no I'm not bashing just a bit confused.)

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LoveoftheDark Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think some of us make flats and leave them that way, because we don't yet have the skill to do any more. Its also nice to see flats, and to be able to work on them and get practice in the areas we need improvement on with a good base already in position.
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SparkOut1911 Jul 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Well I mean, I can see some people doing that because they just lack the skill and need practice (too afraid to post more ect), but some of this seems to be someone muscling their way into the popularity of a good artwork. If they weren't there whoever colored would just spend a little extra time doing the flats themselves, no big deal. Just seems really redundant to me.
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HuntressLight Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I saw the news bulletin (or was it a poll?) a while back in the Color Me Club asking if members thought having someone flatcolor the artwork would be helpful. Personally I don't think so, except on something ridiculously complicated (and perhaps poorly executed) where you can't tell what's part of what to lay the colors yourself. But I actually haven't had that problem so... I don't need a flatter. It would certainly save time but I prefer to do these things myself, it takes half the fun out of it not to do the work...

PS: A Flatter is someone who comes in and lays down color on the uncolored lineart, without adding any detail or shading to it. So that the person who comes along to do the shading and detail knows what bodypart goes with what, and saves them a step... they can just adjust the colors to what they want and move on to shading instead of filling the flatcolors in themselves.
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SparkOut1911 Jul 5, 2011   Digital Artist
the only time I'd even think of using something a "flatter" did would be to tell what's what in a picture though like you said, I haven't had that problem yet either.

And if all they do is lay down flat colors that I'm just going to end up changing anyway, it only helps that it's just there, why should I give them credit for doing something so... simple. I think I'll just avoid them.
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FastLaneIllustration Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
im not sure what this line art thing is.
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Spudfuzz Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what this "flatter" thing is. .__.
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SparkOut1911 Jul 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Apparently colorists need someone to lay out the flat colors with no shading in them now *rolls eyes* :/ I always did mine myself. I don't get why I should use flats from someone and credit them for doing what any child does in a coloring book.

Unless you were like me when you were little and actually tried to shade your coloring book pictures xD
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Spudfuzz Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOLWHUT.

People are stupids. :|
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Spudfuzz Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok well to be fair I kind of do that to my own work sometimes, but only so people get a general idea of what's what since my lines are kind of ....everywhere and there's probably more lines than there needs to be. But I don't expect colourists to use that base colour example and would prefer they didn't. I mean, they're the experts imo.
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SparkOut1911 Jul 4, 2011   Digital Artist
lines with no colors :D lol
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