Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Making of the RED ONE #1 Cover

 RED ONE #1 is out in stores today, 3/18, written by Xavier Dorison with art by Rachel Dodson and me.

Take a look at how we made the first cover.

Here's Rachel's inks. 

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

I dropped in my pencil version of the face as I felt it conveyed the emotion better.

The flat stage

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.

At this stage I go and adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point

Initial rough in of colors

Really focused on the flesh.

The final art - I knocked out all the interior line art - turning the black line art to color line art - especially on the costume and flesh.

I use  Photoshop CS3 and Wacom Cintiq 13HD to color with.

The actual comic

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  1. Can't wait to get this signed at Emerald City. I also speak Russian. would love a sketch too

    1. Cool, I might have to get some Russian tips from you :-)

  2. Really like the red costume on the red background.