In class we have looked at different comics that cover different genres, themes, and tones. The art styles of each of these different comics attempt to match or compliment them. I find that when the comics tone or “feel” is light hearted like those of comedic comic, the colors are brighter and the details in characters are simple so that they can merely convey simple and easily recognizable emotions for the punchline.
Garfield is a perfect example of how brighter colors, simple details, and simple expressions are used in the comic to help make the joke and maintain a light hearted tone. In the first panel we see Jon Arbuckle’s expression as calm, in the next we see that hes happy and in the third and final panel we see that hes angry. There’s no question or extraneous thought that needs to be added from the reader in order to determine what Jon is thinking or how hes feeling; everything is depicted. If you were to take away the word balloons, It would still be easy to determine what Jon is feeling and predict what hes thinking.
Another example of how comedic comics tend to use as little detail to get the point across as simply as possible is from one of my favorite web comics Cyanide and Happiness.
Every comic is drawn with stick figures and almost no fine detail used in any of them. Most of the time the colors are brighter and there is little use of darker hues of purple or black, so that the tone of the comic never feels serious or depressing. (of course that’s when they are not doing their annual depressing comic week. which I don’t suggest to anyone unless you’re a horrible person)
More “serious” comics, or those that are not supposed to be light hearted tend to apply more detail and use darker colors in order to aid in the tone or feel of the comic. The prime example of use of details and dark colors would be batman. As everyone knows batman is probably one of the most dark and broody heroes in the DC universe, and the colors and amount of detail are used to convey that dark “feel”. A lot of batman comics make use of black,and dark purples in their panels, and these colors give the comic a sense of mystery and uneasiness respectively. Dark reds is also used in conjunction with black which tends to convey anger. Its clear that compared to cyanide and happiness and Garfield that the amount of detail. A contrast in the use of color can be seen in Batman comics themselves when you look and compare robin to batman.
This drawing by Frank Miller shows the contrast between Robin and Batman. Obviously Batman has darker colors and robin is drawn with brighter shades of red than what is commonly seen, and his costume uses bright green and yellow which is rarely seen on anyone else. The use of brighter colors on Robin implies that he isn’t as serious or dark as Batman, which is true.
The use of colors and the amount of detail varies depending on what comic is trying to convey. I’m not saying that funny comics always lack details or use bright colors, but merely that those types of comics tend to be like that.