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.
The printed cover.