Here's a look at how we made the Superwoman #2 cover
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
And I begin working on the background.
Used a Custom "Cloud" brush to rough in the background.
I change my mind and decide to link this to the Superwoman #1 cover by using my painterly "Leyendecker" background.
Initial Rough In
I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 .
Used a big Pencil to rough in at 100% of color then used lower % to work to add lighter and darker values.
I did a lot of coloring at this stage - adding the lights and darks on all areas of the art.
Still using the Pencil tool for all this...
Coloring Line Art
At this point I like to color the line art...
I begin by coloring the flesh tones and hair.
I add the little electrical sparks at this final stage.