Nice art: The Mad Flatter shows how coloring creates abstract images

“Flattiong” is a stage of the coloring process wherein shapes are outlined in flat colors for later embellishment. it’s a tedious stage often parcelled out to “Flatters”—a sort of apprentice position whose practitioners often graduate to full colorist. Now someone known as The Mad Flatter has created a tumblr of these images, which are sort of beautiful and haunting in themselves.


  1. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that “The Mad Flatter” is either José Villarrubia (the colorist for these books), or someone working for him. :)

  2. jacob goddard says:

    I’m not sure you know what “abstract” means….

  3. Do you? Abstraction is a continuum, not a yes/no phenomenon. Not only were Rothko and Pollack abstract, but so were Picasso and Matisse and Seurat … just not totally abstract. Almost all illustration is an exercise in abstraction.

  4. impressionist?

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