“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. 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.

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