Sunday, April 2, 2017

The 100th

Below is the 100th "Sgt. Kirk" page that I restored. I'm almost finishing the "Cerco de muerte" [the siege of death] story arc.

As you can easily understand, it's not easy to go from this:

 Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), Hugo Pratt (a), Stefan Strocen (c), "Sgt. Kirk: Cerco de muerte", Misterix # 316, October 8, 1954. this:


Diego Cordoba said...

I think it's quite good, though my general feeling is that you've lost much of the yellow color, making for a "colder feeling" in the colors. I'd personally add a touch of yellow and red in the midtones on the color balance window (if you're using Photoshop). The document will suddenly have "warmer" colors. Obviously if you've done all this way, you'll probably not want to go back.

It's hard getting the yellow colors right, because they are the first to disappear with age, and the paper tends to "yellow" (or tan) as well, making it even more complicated. But they were there on the original document, make no mistake.

Isabelinho said...

Thanks a lot! Manuel Caldas is the pro, I'm not. I'm just using (and not taking advantage of all it's potential, I'm sure). I agree with your comment about the yellow areas, but I just let the machine recover part of the color for me, so, I don't have a lot of control. I hope that, someday, someone will do a more professional job. Anyway, the yellow color is not that important if compared to the amount of lines that are gone, or almost gone, in Hugo Pratt's drawings as published in Misterix. It's always possible to recover some in the Italian edition, but others are lost forever. Unless, of course, someone discovers all the original art.

Isabelinho said...

Oh and, by the way, I'm just cleaning. That's basically it. If you look closer at this pages you will find out that the black areas bled all over the place. That's why some colors (and some areas in the b & w pages) are a complete mess.