Sunday, August 26, 2012

Avenging Spider-Man #10 Cover Process

This is the cover for my second issue of Avenging Spider-Man featuring Spider-Man and the new Captain Marvel. This issue shipped in August.
 Here's the scan of the page from sketchbook of my cover ideas - image is about 4 x 6". Drawn in Light Blue and HB Pencil, Pitt and Copic Pens.
Next, I cleaned up the sketches in Photoshop and prepared for Marvel's Editorial to approve.
 Initial pencils drawn in Light Blue and HB Pencil on 11 x 17 2 Ply Strathmore Bristol Board.
 Here's the final pencils of the cover.
 Rachel Dodson's inks of the cover using Windsor Newton Series 7 #2 Sable Brush and FW Acrylic Ink and Crowquill and Tech pens on Background.
My initial flat stage of coloring - in Photoshop.
 First pass at coloring in Photoshop CS3 using a Wacom Graphics Tablet (circa 2001) at 7 x 10.6 inches and 800dpi in RGB using Channels.
The final colors after turning black line art to color line art.



  1. As always, thanks for a peak behind the creative curtain.

  2. Cool process Mr Dodson. Your layered effects are really getting better and better. I have a humble suggestion: Have you ever tried the "Multiply" Mode option in the top bar of Photoshop, right after you've selected the "Paint Bucket" tool? [by default its set to "Normal"]. The "Multiply" Mode really makes the colors to "pop" and look more vibrant with each paint application :)

  3. I find that I use tech pens on buildings, too.

    I love your combined work (you and Rachel). You guys are so inspirational to me.