Friday, February 21, 2014

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 Modern Age Variant Cover Step by Step - Color

Here's how I colored  the  SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 variant cover  featuring the John Byrne Modern Age era Superman (the only Superman comics I read regularly).


The first stage of coloring is to have the art "flatted".
Flatting allows the colorist to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

I knew pretty well what I wanted this one to look like from the start which is nice..

Initial roughing in of color - I use Photoshop CS3 with a Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet.

Initial shadows and tweaking colors slightly. Add slight gradients to flat areas.

Refinining Superman and starting in on Clark.

Really fun to color this as ideally Superman is in full light and Clark is in shadow.

Really start punching up the difference between Supes and Clark with a cast shadow.

Finally, the icing on the cake, turning the black line art into and color lines.

And how it looks in print (go check it out - some guys named Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair worked on ;-)



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