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.
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
You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer
And digitally at