Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Uncanny X-Men 21 Variant Cover - Step by Step - PART 1 Lineart

Here's a look behind the making of the Variant Cover to Uncanny X-Men #21 featuring Emma Frost, Magik, and Cyclops
(out in stores now from Marvel Comics by Brian Bendis and Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend).

This is the creation of the lineart stage.

The first step is the cover sketch,

As this is a variant cover, I was given the simple dictate of drawing Emma Frost, Magik, and Cyclops.

SO I came up with a couple different ideas in my sketchbook - they were
drawn at 2x3 inches in my sketchbook in pencil and Pitt/Pigma pens and Copic Grey Markers and then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.

I sent in the cover sketches to the George Beliard and Mike Marts at Marvel. 

Sketch A was chosen..

My  initial pencils, drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12 x 18 Bristol Board.

After roughing in the characters, I drew from the top left to the bottom right to avoid smearing the art.

The final pencils then given to...

Rachel Dodson's initial inks on the cover.

Moving along on Magik...

Rachel uses Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic ink to ink the covers with.

Detail on Magik's face

Working on Cyclops

Detail on Cyclops

Finished inks

Next step, color!

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer

And digitally at Comixology