So, here's a look at how we made the Star Wars #22 Mile High Comics Scout Trooper Variant Cover!
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The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.
Flats were done by Gilly Renk.
Initial Rough In
I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 .
First thing I do is use the Paint Bucket tool to adjust all the colors to the palette I'm using.
Then I rough in the initial darks. I used the Pencil tool at 100%.
Added more lights and darks with the Pencil tool. And began adding variation in the shadows to show the environment of where the Scout Trooper is (not just in a sterile studio...) Lassoing and using the Gradient in the background.
Finally, used a Custom Texture Brush to add detail to trees and "dirt" on trooper.
Coloring Line Art
At this point I like to color the line art... especially the interior edges and the edges facing the strongest light. Of course, I lose as much of the line as possible - especially as I move away from the "camera".
And that's it!