Thursday, June 2, 2016

CIVIL WAR II #1 Variant Cover Step by Step Part 2 Color

And now the colors ....


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. 


I colored this on my Cintiq 13 HD using Photoshop CS3 after I scanned the original line art.

Used Paint Bucket to readjust the colors.

Used a big Pencil tool to rough in at 100% of color then used lower % to work to add lighter and darker values.


Used a Custom "Cloud" brush to rough in the background. 


Converting Lineart to Color.

Adding Reflective color.

General cleanup especially all those big brushstrokes...

Revised Final Colors
That background really bugged me - pretty simple compositional rule - repeat angles and opposites - that background echoed the foreground characters so I slanted the background the opposite way.
Plus some additional clean up on the characters.

Detail of coloring...

The printed cover.

Out Now



  1. Thanks for this.Great information.

  2. I really like your coloring style, not too shiny and overly rendered. Would it be safe to call it a more painterly style? Do you ever use cut and grad or is it all pencil tool and brush? Thanks in advance.

    1. I learned to paint with oil and watercolors and then I learned PS - so painterly is only way I know. However - I use fairly simple tools - the one's you describe - though I'm slowly developing my "tool box" and do whatever it takes to make the art the best it can be! Thanks for your note!