Variant cover art Rachel Dodson and I did for Civil War II #0.
The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.
Generally, I hire someone to do this for me - a "flatter".
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. - the first part of coloring.
Based off my sketch, I knew almost exactly what I was going to do with one...
This is one is practically done at this stage!
I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 after I scanned the original line art.
Used a big Pencil to rough in at 100% of color then used lower % to work to add lighter and darker values. AND the Gradient tool to break up the flat background.
I used big "CUTS" with the lasso tool and filled with Paintbuckeft on Iron Man - really happy with that
I keep it pretty loose and basic
Converting Lineart to Color.
Adding Reflective color - either using my Pencil or Lassoing and Gradient.
General cleanup and smoothing using % low of Pencil and Gradient...
Monkeyed with the no-no finger...
Just 3 layers for this one - pretty simple...
The actual cover
The Variant of the Variant :-)
Done for Fan Expo Canada.
See Part One HERE
That's it for now!