Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Storm Inhumans Vs X-Men #6 Cover Step by Step Part 1 Pencils

Here's the Inhumans Vs X-Men #6 Variant Cover featuring everyone's favorite Mohawked Goddess, Ororo Munroe ..... STORM!

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.


Now for Part 1 of the Step by Step making of the cover art -

PENCILS


COVER SKETCH

The cover concept 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.

Obviously, that costume wasn't correct, which was good news...


INITIAL PENCILS

...STORMHAWK!!!!

Drawn in Light Blue on 12" x 18" Bristol Board 

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.


DETAIL

Really wanted regal, godly, powerful...


I was happy with pose and composition so I went right into nailing down Storm's face.


Detail


With her face correct, I went straight into finishing out the anatomy of the body and new costume details.


Detail 

Really happy with Storm's face - enough of the "exotic" feel with crazy eyebrows :-)


Decided to change her hands - make them a little more "aggressive"


Final rendering for lightning and FX


Couple of tweaks on facial anatomy...


FINAL PENCILS

And the scan of the pencils....

Next time, 

PART 2


TD

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Medusa Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 Cover Step by Step Part 3 COLOR


Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 Variant Covers featuring that magnificently tressed Inhuman, Medusa.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

And here is Part 3 of the Step by Step -

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 COLOR (ROUGH IN)

I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 .

Here I rough in quickly all the medium lights and darks on the figures and cast initial shadows.

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


BACKGROUND 

Creating the background with 7 different colors in 6 color rows...


ADDITIONAL ROUGH IN

I went on the rest of the figure and face and knocked the next lights and darks using the pencils tooling at 70-80%.


I go to the next level of darker darks and lighter lights


RIM LIGHT

 I then added the rim light on another layer


REFLECTIVE LIGHT

 And reflective light on another layer as well


COLORING THE LINE ART


This is the icing on the cake step of the process.



FINAL ART

And DONE!

And for PART 1


PART 2


TD

Monday, March 20, 2017

Medusa Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 Cover Step by Step Part 2 Inks



Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 Variant Covers featuring that magnificently tressed Inhuman, Medusa.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.

And here is Part 2 of the Step by Step -


RACHEL'S INKS


Rachel Dodson inks directly over my original pencil drawing.


Rachel inks with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Dr. Ph. Martins Black Star Hi Carb Ink.



Here's Rachel inking those hairlines!


And what it looked like after inking the hair in the video.


Detail


Still all brush...


I love the white line on the upper part of the glove...


Hair detail...


Rachel's final inks.


Detail


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

PART 3

COLOR 

And for PART 1


TD

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rachel Dodson inking some Adventureman!

Here's an excerpt of a panel of Adventureman! - Rachel Dodson is inking over my pencils...



Rachel inks with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Dr. Martens Hi Carb Ink.

Plus some Pro White...


Adventureman!, our brand new creator owned book, along with Matt Fraction is in the works, NOW!

TD

Friday, March 17, 2017

Medusa Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 Cover Step by Step Part 1 Pencil




Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 Variant Covers featuring that magnificently tressed Inhuman, Medusa.

By Rachel Dodson and Me.

Out now from Marvel Comics.
Part 1 of the Step by Step -

PENCILS


COVER SKETCH

The cover concept 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 on 12" x 18" Bristol Board 

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.



Erase and refine.

Using Col Erase Light Blue Pencil and Staedtler HB Lead Holder.


Refining the figure and detail the mask


Tightening up the figure and adding costume details


Finishing up costume


Detail


Final Pencils


Detail


Scanned into Photoshop

Next time, 

PART 2


TD

Monday, March 13, 2017

Iron Heart - Riri Williams Sketch Step by Step from Emerald City Comic Con 2017

Here's a Step by Step look at how I created an Iron Heart - Riri Williams - Blank Cover Sketch at Emerald City Comic Con 2017.



Quick rough in with Col Erase Carmine and Scarlet Red Pencil.


Next, I used Copic Warm Grey 1 and 2 pens plus a Pitt Black S pen to "find" the drawing afterward.


I finished up the figure with the Pitt S, then used Copic Warm Grey 3 on the face. Finally, I used the Pitt Big Brush Pen to rough in Riri's Hair!


Moved to rest of figure and helmet with Copics - up to Copic Warm Grey 4 now.


Detail


Darkened up some of the line work with a Pitt Black F and accentuated with Copic Warm Grey 6


Detail


Redrew in Riri's teeth using Prowhite...


and added highlights to earrings, face, helmet.

And done!

Thanks, Sean, for the request!

TD