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John Ercek
United States
Flatter | Comic Colorist | Photoshop Production

Current Residence: Manhattan Beach CA
Favourite genre of music: ambient techno
Favourite photographer: my GF jenn
Favourite style of art: Comic and Human Figure
It's (comic book) colorist appreciation day again. Kind of funny how arbitrary the selection of the day is, but that is a testament to it's organic origins. (lets hear it for people getting pissed off and starting a movement).  Still, happy to see it experience an anniversary.

In honor of colorist appreciation day i'd like to repost some of which I wrote last year. (Particularly relevant is Nei's most recent post on her dA…)

...The job is so bad that half of them leave the position when they reach the top. (see Christina Strain and Mark Sweeney. Even Nei Ruffino is going after pencils right now). I'm second guessing my own interest in pursuing comic coloring as a career because of what I see in the industry. The pay is low proportionate to the hours and the training. But the worst part is being on the ass end of a production line. Ideally the penciller does a page a day- the inker does 2 pages, and the colorist has to do 4 pages. But then the penciller takes 2 to 4 days on a page here or there, the inker gets backed up and takes and extra day, so that in the end the colorist ends up having to color up to half the book the day before deadline. Not always- but often. Colorists pull more all nighters in this industry than anyone else, with the exception of the editors themselves (maybe). It's a shitty lifestyle, and when people say "colorists do it because they love it"- they don't mean it in the "Teachers do it because they love children" sort of way. They mean it in the "why the fuck would someone stay with that abusive tyrant lover that sucks the life out of them" sort of way.  That or they're fucking crazy. 

In appreciation of the day, here are the DA links for the colorists I currently work with, go tell them you appreciate their work. 

Alex Sinclair Thanks for keeping me alive for the past two years!
Beth Sotelo Thanks for being so leniant on the workflow!
Andrew Dalhouse Thanks for working with my own borked up workflow
(2014 - edit) Gabe Eltaeb - I really do enjoy doing all the color holds too!

and even though i don't work with him as often anymore:
Chris Sotomayor thanks for getting me into this industry... I think.

and last but not least 
Steve Oliff for being my chief inspiration all those years ago.  (he quit comics at one point because becoming mayor of his city was the easier and more righteous thing to do.. see what i mean about this industry?!)
  • Listening to: pandora ambient station
  • Drinking: coffee

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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
hi john
whats "flattening" ?
johnercek Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
well- I'm going to assume you mean "flatting"- and it's a stage in the comic making process between the inking and the coloring. the flatter goes through the pages and colors everything a FLAT color. That way, when the colorist gets the file,they can simply select each of the colored blobs and shade them properly to give it a finished look.
your best bet to learn more about this: [link] mark sweeney is the man
dolphintom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav of Liberal Christian
johnercek Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
my pleasure, it's a fascinating minority/silent majority(?) that you are coming from, and it's so rarely presented in our media.
dolphintom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree and that is what makes your "like" that much more appreciated by me. Merry CHRISTmas ;)
jademacalla Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks very much for the Watch! :salute:
Bright-Raven Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
John: I answered your question, but it didn't post as a reply. But it is on that Hulk page you asked about. Just FYI. Thanks for your question.
johnercek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Thanks! i'll go check it out
BIGGMIGGZ Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's for the watch I really appreciate it!
johnercek Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
my pleasure- your work has a lot of potential- good luck with it
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