Here's a look at how we created the cover for Poe Dameron #7.
The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.
Initial Rough In
I colored this on my Cintiq 13 HD using Photoshop CS3 .
Just getting the initial color and lighting correct before I go into detail, using the Paint Bucket tool to adjust all the colors to the palette I'm using.
Added more lights and darks with the Pencil tool. And began adding variation in the shadows to show the environment. Lassoing and using the Gradient in the background.
Coloring Line Art
At this point I like to color the line art... especially the interior edges and the edges facing the strongest light.
Almost final colors
See how we made the Line Art in