Monday, August 29, 2016

Harley Quinn #1 Variant Cover Step by Step Part 3 Color

How we made the new Harley Quinn #1 cover.



From DC Comics and Midtown Comics!

And now for the COLOR STAGE


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.


Flats were done by Gilly Renk.


Detail


Initial Rough In

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


Detail

I did a lot of coloring at this stage - adding the  lights and darks on all areas of the art.

Adjusting the sky to a more DC Animated look I liked on my original Harley Run.

Used the Pencil tool at this point.


Intermediate Stage

Cleaned and smooth flesh using the Brush tool at low % and and then Lassoing and using the Gradient.



Photoshop Set Up

and 

Hair Reference



Coloring Harley's Hair 



I copied the hair I wanted to color and then used Hue/Saturation to change the blonde to pink and blue and merged layer down.


Coloring Line Art

At this point I like to color the line art... 


Line Art Detail

I begin coloring the Hair and Flesh Line Art


Then convert areas being hit by highlights.


Harley's hair properly colored... variations in the pink and blonde "lines"...


Final

Punched up/brightened Harley's red and WHITENED her skin a bit for the final.


More Detailed

Line Art on Costume and Background element is colored.


Super Detail!

And that's it!

TD


Part One


Part Two


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Harley Quinn #1 Variant Cover Step by Step Part 2 Line Art

How we made the new Harley Quinn #1 cover.



From DC Comics and Midtown Comics!

Step by Step Part 2

INKS


Rachel Dodson's initial inks over my pencils.


Detail


Rachel inks over my pencils with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.


Detail


In Progress Detail featuring Harley's Pom Pom Shoes!


Final Inks


Detail


Next, I scanned the original art to the first Harley Quinn #1 that we drew15+ years ago...


Detail


Detail


And dropped it into the new cover art...

Next - 

Part Three





Thursday, August 25, 2016

Harley Quinn #1 Variant Cover Step by Step Part 1

My homage to my Harley Quinn #1 cover 


Rachel Dodson inks, Alex Sinclair colors and me pencils.

for the new Harley Quinn #1 cover.



Rachel Dodson inks, colors and pencils by me.

From DC Comics and Midtown Comics!

Step by Step Part 1

PENCILS

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


I knew exactly what this cover would look like - just a matter of figuring out Harley's face...


Detail


Another shot...


The Harley figure was the easy part, still not happy with the Harley face...


Detail


Getting closer

There were elements of the figure in my initial Harley cover that just weren't right so it was fun to "correct" them for this cover :-)


Detail


Detailing Harley


Now, there she is!


Detail


Finishing up the rendering on the figure


Detail


Finishing her hair and one more EYE revision


Yeah, the finished pencils...

where is the Background?

See that in Part 2



And Part 3


TD



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Totally Awesome Hulk 9 Step by Step



COVER SKETCH

I knew exactly what I was going to do on this one, so must one sketch and the colors don't change much.

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

And sent to my Marvel Editors Mark Paniccia and Chris Robinson for Approval...


Pencils

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



Inks

Rachel inks over my pencils with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.


Details of Rachel's ink - cuz they're so  gooooood!


and more


and a little more...


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.

Flats were done by Gilly Renk.


Detail


Photoshop Set Up


Initial Color Rough In

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


Screen Detail

Just used the Pencil tool at 100% for initial blocking in of lighter and darker areas and then a lower % for the next stage.

Dropped in the Yellow sky.


Next stage of color

Just refining the highlights and darker values. 

Adding rim light and reflective light.


And BG white...


Final colors


Altering Line Art to color


and down here too!



Print

Out in stores now!

TD