Wednesday, April 24, 2013

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 She-Ra Variant Cover Step by Step

Here's how I created the Variant Cover of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 featuring She-Ra.
 First off, the sketches I submitted for approval. All drawn in my sketchbook at about 3" x 5" and colored in Photoshop.
The pencil version drawn on 13 x 19 " Bristol board with light blue and HB Lead.

 Rachel Dodson's inks over my pencils using a #2 Windson Newton Sable Brush and Acrylic Black Ink.
 Flats created for the cover to begin the color stage in Photoshop.
 Intermediate stage of colors - established all the midtones and started rendering.
 All the fx and final cleanup.

Lot of fun doing this cover, hope to enjoyed seeing how it was made!



  1. Cool pic Mr. Dodson; brings back old memories :)

  2. Quite possibly the most beautiful comic cover in my collection! I absolutely love it and went to five different shops last week before I was able to track one down. I hope they have you do more variants for this series. I would love to see your take on other POP girls.

  3. As always, thanks for sharing your creative process.

  4. Thank you very much for showing this process. I especially love seeing the different sketches/thumbs that artists do in deciding how to approach a cover. Hopefully Mattel and DC Entertainment will give you more opportunities for Variant covers on "Masters of the Universe".

    Take Care!

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  6. Is there any chance you might get to do another Variant for the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" comic-series?

  7. I want to buy or trade for this comic book. I will trade "DC He-Man The Eternity War #1 Matty Collector Variant. Please call at (787) 677-7209 or Thank you.