Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Black Bolt Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 Cover Step by Step Part 3 Colors


Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 Variant Covers featuring Black Bolt.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

And for Part Three, 

COLORS


Flats

The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.


Adjustments

I try to adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece. 


Background 


I make all the tiles at this point so I can color "off" them.  


The tiles are done on a separate layer.


Initial Color Rough In

Using the Pencil Tool at 100% to knock those in.


Detail on the rough in.


Coloring Line Art

Starting to color the line art - mostly the face and some of the rim lighting.


Adding reflective lights to using the Pencil at a low %. 

Use the Gradient tool on the figure a bit too


 Detail


Final Color

Just a couple of tweaks to do - color signature, couple of highlights and clean up tiles.

Off to the Printer!

So I started it here -

Part 1


Part 2


TD

Monday, January 16, 2017

Red One Book 2: Undercover Preview

Red One Book 2: Undercover 

By Xavier Dorison, Terry and Rachel Dodson from Image Comics


Ships January 18th


Preview

Contact your local retailer to have them ORDER Red One Book 2 and also available through 



and



Digitally through


 

Comixology 


Image Comics

and 

Amazon



Diamond ID -NOV160722

The 64 page Hardcover collection for Red One Book 2: Undercover is available for Pre Order. It contains the 52 pages of story from Red One #3 and #4 plus 8 pages of extras and all collected in an oversized European style hardcover the way the story was meant to read!




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black Bolt Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 Cover Step by Step Part 2 Line Art



Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 Variant Covers featuring Black Bolt.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

Part Two,

LINE ART


Rachel Dodson's inks of Black Bolt over my original pencil drawing.


Rachel inks over my pencils with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Dr. Martens Hi Carb Ink to ink the covers with.


Really happy with how the black was faded into white here. Pro White (White Out) is used on the top of the foot to create the white area.


All lines created the Winsor Newton #2 Brush.


No Pro White just careful use of brush.


Artwork is scanned into Photoshop at 800dpi Gray full size. I then go in and convert to Bitmap and clean to prepare for....

Next time in Part 3, 


Part 1


TD

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Black Bolt Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 Cover Step by Step Part 1 Pencils



Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 Variant Covers featuring Black Bolt.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.



COVER SKETCH

The cover concepts I sent into Marvel Comics Editors Wil Moss and Daniel Ketchum for approval.

Roughs were drawn at 2" x 3" in my sketchbook using Warm Grey Copics then colored in Photoshop CS3.


Initial PENCILS

Drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12" x 18" Bristol Board 

At this point just quickly roughed in the drawing making sure the composition still help.

I printed out my rough in light blue on the paper to ensure the composition was positioned correctly.


So I decided from the "get go" to slightly twist Black Bolt's body to the right to avoid the static nature of the one in the sketch.


So because of that, I put myself in a position to be able to do just about anything with the legs.


Is he flying?


Is he landing? 


Is he standing?


Kinda a little bit of all!


So, this version of Black Bolt has some design tweaks that I had to keep reminding myself of.


Nailing down face.


Fading out the rendering on the legs like he is emerging from fog.


Just slight tweaks to his face


Final rendering.


Angry


Angrier! Perfect!


FINAL PENCILS

Done and off to Rachel Dodson!

Next time in Part 2,


TD


Thursday, January 12, 2017

IVX #1 and #2 Covers


Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 and #2 Variant Covers featuring Black Bolt and Emma Frost. 

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

TD

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inhumans Vs X-Men #2 Variant Cover Out Today


In stores today, 1/11/2017, from Marvel Comics


 Inhumans vs X-Men #2, written by Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans), Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and drawn by Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion).

TD

Monday, January 9, 2017

Star Wars #25 Cover Step by Step Part 3 Color

Here's a look at how we made this Star Wars 25 Cover - out in stores now!


Get it here from MILE HIGH COMICS

And now for the final making of-

Part Three, COLOR


Flats

The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

I try to adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece. 



Initial Coloring

I adjusted the colors and values. I also threw some gradient color on Luke's White Stormtrooper outfit.

Then, my very initial rim lighting on this - on faces.


Pushed the lighting over the entire figures.

Using the Pencil Tool at 50-100% to knock those in.


Adjusting the Color Palette

I wasn't happy with the palette so I copied and pasted the colors onto another layer and adjusted the colors to this warmer palette to test.

Success.


Finishing Up

Adding reflective lights to Luke and Leia using the Pencil at a low %. Use the Gradient tool on the background. 

Hit the figures with darker darks and light lights.


Detail before converting the black lines to color lines.

I have finished all my highlights on the figures.

Coloring the Line Art


Starting to color the line art on Leia's Facial and Hair Lines and Luke's left side.

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Final Color


Zooming in to show off final color.


And one final zoom.

Done!

TD

Here's Part One

PENCILS

Part Two