2D Artwork: Deadly (Re)Obsession! - Yomtov recoloured

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  1. Blueshift

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    Find it on DA here: TF 'Deadly Obsession' Recolour by ~Blueshift2k5 on deviantART

    Thanks to Monzo for the inspiration, here's a recolour of one page from the Transformers Marvel US issue 64, 'Deadly Obsession'. Lines by Jose Delbo, inks by Dan Reed and orginal colours by Nel Yomtov. The original page is here, for your reference: deviantART: Outgoing Link

    This issue always struck me as looking particularly hideous, and I was never sure if it was due to the awkward art, over the top inking or dark, crude colour palette. Jose Delbo gets a really bad rap over his art, but some of it is actually quite decent, he tends to live and die by his inker.

    A recent auction had some original lineart, so I decided to recolour a page to see if it could look better, or at least more presentable.

    For some reason, Dan Reed's inks start out decent but then decend into lots and lots of blacks. Then towards the end it turns into crude sketches, not even full drawings. It's odd because Dan Reed was always dependable on the UK comic, I imagine it was a combination of deadline doom and being uncomfortable with Delbo's less organic art style.

    Nel Yomtov's colouring did not help. It was very very dark and blobby, with various characters finding themselves various colours. I know it's easy to look back in hindsight with all our modern technology, (but this was the guy who once gave Scorponok a red nose. I mean come on!). Still, I imagine he got all his books out on time, and his style did work well with Geoff Senior's, when he wasn't colouring Optimus Prime's head upside down of course.


    Anyway I decided to recolour this with modern means. In no way do I mean to compare this to Yomtov's work, it's just a different way to look at the art via modern means. I was surprised how nicely it came out actually; I think it was the dark colour palette of the original that made it look much more murky than it was.

    I did find some of the art hard to follow, for example half of Ruckus vanishes in the fifth panel. Yomtov just makes him multicoloured and merges him into the background, which is a viable option at least!

    Did I succeed? I'll leave that up to you! All comments welcome!

    I might do more if people wish!
     

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  2. Stormvapor

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    Sweet work there!
    i loved Obsession, and this is a nice upgrade.
     
  3. red00wolf

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    if all of g1 marvel looked this good I would have had it all read by now.
     
  4. Blueshift

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    What it lacks in modern aesthetic, it more than makes up for writing-wise, the Furman issues at least (and a good chunk of the Budiansky ones too)
     

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