Hello Revuers, and welcome to another edittion of Coloring Between The Lines. The segment where we feature a Color Artist who is making an impact on the industry today. This time we welcome the fantastic Brittany Peer! We are honored that se took the time to answer some questions for us! Let’s get right to it.
- Hello Brittany, Thanks for agreeing to this interview!
Hey no problem, thank you for reaching out!
- How long have you been a colorist?
Officially, I’ve been coloring since early 2015 when I briefly responded to an add looking for a fill-in on a webcomic. However my first published project was Casey&April from IDW also in 2015, but later during the summer. It’s been my main source of income since!
- Was it what you wanted to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a lot of things as a kid, but never considered comics as a possible career. Especially on the color side of things. When I did think about comics, it was usually as a writer or editor. When I found out I had a knack for coloring comics, I was ecstatic and I haven’t looked back since!
- What’s the first comic book series you really got into?
Oof that’s a hard one. I’m from the generation of girls who grew up watching Sailor Moon and DBZ and spent hours Barnes&Nobles in the manga section because hey these comics looked like the shows I really enjoyed! My first all consuming comic was Tokyo Mew Mew, but at the same time I was getting Blacksad from my sister’s college library. Honestly it’s a toss up between the two.
- Do you prefer superhero comics or other genres?
I don’t really have a preference. Different genres have their own unique advantages and pit falls. At the moment I’m following more superheroes but I’m looking forward to diving into the stack of non-cape comics I have waiting for me.
- Who is your favorite superhero?
Oh gosh. Another tough one! My faves change depending on what’s caught my interest at any given moment. Right now I’m really enjoying reading about Midnighter! Honorable mentions (because I ALWAYS come back to them) include Power Girl, Starfire, Jason Todd, and Dick Grayson.
- Who is your favorite non superhero character?
Leonardo or Michelangelo from TMNT hands down.
- What’s your favorite series that’s not a superhero series?
IDW’s run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is quite literally all I talk about when it comes to favorites. Seriously I was known as that TMNT girl at C2E2 my first year going because it’s all I talked about with anyone who would listen. I’m not THAT enthusiastic now, I’ve learned to chill out, but it’s still my long running favorite.
- What is your process like for coloring?
I usually read the script while looking through the inks when waiting for flats to come back from my flatter to start off. When they come in I’ll make a mask of the lineart for easy colorholds and separate the colors into panels, then planes on separate layers. After that I figure out what the atmosphere for this scene should be depending on the project, location, time of day, and feeling that needs to be conveyed and set that up. On projects with a distinct feeling and style ,like TMNT Universe: Karai’s Path, I’ll discuss with artist what they were thinking for a certain scene or action and go off of their sugestions, working with them to make sure everything is cohesive and fun. Then it’s rendering time with either youtube or spotify in the background. Or netflix if there’s anything new out.
- How do you choose a color palette?
Lots of experimenting to figure out what works and conveys the tone of the scene properly.
- What’s your favorite project you’ve ever worked on?
I really enjoyed TMNT Universe with Sophie Campbell and Erikburnham. Dream team! Sophie and I have been friends for a few years now so it was awesome to finally get to work together and the project was just so fun it ended up being possibly the best experience I’ve had!
- Who are some of your favorite colorists in the industry today?
That list is long and I will definitely forget people because I am awful with names. Tamra Bonvillain, Elizabeth Breitweiser and Matt Wilson are at the top of the list though.
- Is there anyone you draw inspiration from?
Tamra constantly. She was my mentor for a long while and still offers to help me out when things are rough. She’s a great person on top of being an amazing colorist.
- I’ve personally really enjoyed your work on Slam!, from Boom! Box comics, Color plays an important role in that book. How did you build the aesthetic for that book?
I knew going in I wanted to do more rendering than I had with Jonesy and previous projects, closer to what I enjoy doing in my personal work, so right away I had to decide what style would work with Veronica’s lines. Her lines are so fluid with really nice bold blacks which lent itself to some really fun color popping pallets! And at the time I was super into colors that brought a sense of LA, Miami, any kind of Bay area to the viewer with pinks, cyans, turquoise, and purples. My memories of attending Roller Derby bouts in Savannah, nights on the pier at Pensacola Beach and, even earlier, Long Beach really informed my decisions. It was kind of a nostalgia trip combined with my love of candy color pallets.
- In Jonesy, also from Boom! Box comics, you took over color art duties in issue #6. how did you balance bringing your own style to the title while keeping the world consistent?
Honestly Sam Humphries and Caitlen Rose Boyle were a huge help here! Caitlin and I were in contact regularly in the beginning, making sure colors and style remained consistant. It was an adjustment for sure as I was far more used to “realistic” pallets and Jonesy was ALL about atmosphere and emotion! They really made me feel welcome and open to working together and because of that I adjusted quickly. Jonesy is definitly one of the more influential projects I’ve worked on and I’ve grown so much from it!
- You have a very distinctive visual style, how did you cultivate that aesthetic?
A lot of experimenting. I’ve always been really into bold colors and heavy atmospheric rendering in order to evoke a certain feeling in a piece and working in comics has challenged me to further my own style and understanding of color theory. I’m still experimenting and growing!
- Next I’m going to ask you a series of Either Or questions. Ready? Ok, go!
- Star Wars or Star Trek
I honestly don’t have a preference. I know I’m terrible but I’ve never really been a fan of either?
- Coffee or Tea
Tea, although I won’t turn down a Caramel Macchiato.
- Batman or Superman
Batman all the way if just for the Bat-family.
- Wolverine of spider-man?
Spider-man, but only because I’ve been reading Spider-man/Deadpool series recently it’s pretty fun.
- Noir or Horror comics?
Noir. I’m a huge weenie when it comes to horror.
- Burritos or coneys?
- Where’s your favorite place to pick up a burrito or a coney when you’re at cons?
I actually bring snacks to conventions! I would avoid either of those options though. I prefer sandwiches or other lighter meals while traveling.
- What’s your favorite convention?
Heroescon is my favorite to table at! C2E2 is my favorite to attend though. Lots of fun things to do and people to see when I’m not tied to a booth.
- What would be your dream collaboration?
Oh geeze. I have no idea to be honest haha. I just wrapped up TMNT Universe: Karai’s Path with Sophie Campbell and I think that was career goal of mine.
- If you weren’t a comic book artist what would be your career?
I’d probably be going after a position as editor with a company. Or have gone to school to be a music teacher/vocal coach.
- Who are some of your favorite artists to work with?
I loved working with Caitlin Rose Boyle and Sophie Campbell! Naomi Franquiz on Misfit City is also really fun to work with.
- Who are some of your favorite writers to work with?
Again have to mention Sam Humphries. He was so welcoming and supportive while I was on Jonesy! Erik Burnham on TMNT is also a fun and enthusiastic guy to work with.
- Who’s your favorite character to color?
Bludgeon from IDW’s TMNT has got to be the most fun to color. He’s so sleek and his proportions are so fun to work with! Jonesy was also really fun. Her expressions and style were so repelatable and different from anything I’ve worked on, it really pushed me in a good way.
- What would be a dream series for you to work on?
Probably a Teen Titans series or Bestboy solo.
- As the comic book industry moves more digital do you feel like there’s been a shift in the industry to recognize the importance of Color Artists?
In the last few years there’s definitely been a push to recognize Colorists in the community. At the moment it still feels like shouting into a void, but I’ve had to pleasant experience of working with editors, writers, and artists who have made an effort to include and credit myself and others for the roles we play.
- Do you have anything coming out soon that we should keep an eye out for?
Misfit Infinite issue 4 is coming out in September and be sure to keep an eye out for issue 14 of TMNT Universe! The teams really put their all in to these projects and I’m excited for everyone to see them.
- Thank you for your time Brittany, I’ve enjoyed talking to you. Looking forward to your great work in the future.
If you are interested in seeing more of Brittany’s work you can check out her website here
You can also connect with Brittany on her Twitter