Friday, April 10, 2015

Star Wars: Princess Leia #2 Cover - Step by Step Part 2 Color

And so the colors…

This was so much fun mixing Prequels and Original series together plus designing the brand new character, Evaan!

I use  Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD to color with.


The first stage of coloring is to have the art "flatted".

Flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

At this stage I go and adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece.


Initial rough in 
of the colors - getting the midtone values/colors of the characters in.

Just using a big pencil tool to rough in the color.

Using the pencil on varying levels of opacity and the lasso/gradient tool to smooth out edges.

And adding secondary light sources and textures.

For the Naboo background, I looked the James Gurney inspired design paintings from the Phantom Menace.

Final touches include adding the darkest and lightest values.

 And the icing on the cake is converting the lineart to color lines.

And the final comic book cover-

Out in stores now!

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