I have noticed lately that when I don't color things several of the comments tend to be "but what about the color?" Initially I found it odd (why does everything need color to be considered finished?), but then I realized I've made similar comments on other people's blogs. I'm guilty of really loving color too, and quite honestly, if I had the time, I'd love to fully paint and render everything I draw. I wonder what the universal appeal of a fully fleshed out painting is compared to a simple line drawing?
Here also is a recent design I've done for the graphic novel. I'll post more novel stuff in the coming months as I complete the final art for the opening sequences. For this street scape, I wanted to develop a "language" of repeating shapes and architectural details that would help identify the city every time the story brings us here. I want all my major locations to have a different sets of dominant shapes/details that will express the prevailing attitude of the place. This city, for instance, should feel cramped, elegant and not entirely welcoming. There is a character who has great influence over this place and it's important for his personality to be evident throughout.
I reread this post and wanted to add to/clarify my color musings;
Many people love both line drawings and full color work. However, I have noticed that the general trend in art appreciation leans more strongly towards color work than line work and I wonder why that is.
This is something I have noticed when selling artwork (prints of paintings always sell better than prints of line work), also whenever designing professionally (fancily colored designs always get a better response from the studio folk than sketches) and on blogs.