Here's a step by step making of the "Hero" Variant cover of Infinity #6, shipping in October from Marvel Comics - for more info -
On with the show -
I do cover roughs in my 11 x 14 Canson Sketchbook using Col Erase Light Blue Pencil, Pigma Micron and Copic Warm Grey Pens.
Then I scan these in and clean up and color in Photoshop.
These are the prelim sketches I did for approval by my Marvel editor, Lauren Sankovitch. I needed to show 9 different heroes and so went with a movie poster style cover.
They went with A.
Here's my work in progress pencils - drawn on 12 x 18 Bristol Board with Col Erase Light Blue and HB Pencil.
Rachel Dodson inks done with Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic ink.
After the inks were scanned and cleaned in Photoshop - I decided to go ahead and color without the use of flats
(see my previous Step by Steps for more about flats - http://thebombshellter.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-avengers-7-wolverine-house-of-m.html )
just "paint" directly - I use Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet.
How it looks with the Line Art on.
Start getting colors on to all the elements.
Ends up looking like this with the Line Art on and I begin working on FX on the Lineart itself.
I finish up SFX and smooth out fleshtones and coloring the lineart.
The final art.