Friday, December 5, 2014

X-MEN 21 Cover - Step by Step Part 1 - LINEART

Here's a look behind the making of the cover to X-Men #21 from Marvel Comics - out in stores now!

The idea behind this cover was a Drew Struzan Movie Poster type cover - epic space theme with Rachel front and center! 

The sketch was drawn at 2x3 inches in my sketchbook in pencil and pen and then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.

After getting appr0val from Marvel Editor Daniel Ketchum I moved on to pencils..

Here's my initial rough stab at the pencils.

Pencils  drawn in Light Blue and
 HB lead on 12 x 18 Bristol Board.

Final pencils.

For solicitation there wasn't time to ink the cover so I colored my pencils.

For the final version - Rachel Dodson inks

Rachel uses Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.

Then scan and clean in Photoshop

Next Time...


You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer

And digitally at 


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