Thursday, May 22, 2014

Uncanny X-Men 21 Variant Cover - Step by Step - PART 2 Color

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).

After scanning and cleaning Rachel Dodson's inks in Photoshop - we move on to 


The first stage of coloring is to have the art "flatted".

Flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process - which is really helpful when you've almost finished coloring the art and realize the sky is supposed to blue not green etc.

I go in and adjust and correct the flats - especially for things like amount of blacks in color and a lot of the time I just lay a flat color over the whole thing like an orange or a blue to make it a harmonized color palette.

My initial rough in of the colors, done in Photoshop CS3 with a Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet. 

Revising colors and add in the red "X"

I begin turning the black lineart into color lineart and special fx.


Finally I redden up the X.

Detail fo Magik.

And the actual printed comic...

You can find this comic at your local comic book retailer

And digitally at Comixology 



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