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Wolverine cover by diablo2003 Wolverine cover by diablo2003
This is the cover Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #2 for Marvel comics. I've included all the steps that went into making the cover. No Copics on this one , I colored it all in photoshop. Marvel wanted a horror movie feel to go along with the story in the comics so I went with a Shining-Esq piece.

Step 1: Layout for Marvel's approval. They liked it but wanted Wolverine to be leaning farther forward like he's coming toward the viewer more.

Step 2: I pencil the piece working out all the details for the piece. No reference taken for this one, all done out of my head.

Step 3: Color roughs over the pencils so I get an idea of how I will color it in the final piece.

Step 4: I print the pencils out in non-photo blue on my Epson R1800 at 13"X19" on Strathmore bristol board and ink it using a Pentel brush pen and Copic Multiliners

Step 5: I rescan the piece back to my computer and color it in photoshop on my Cintiq 21UX using my original color rough as reference.
I get asked a lot how I scan in such large artwork on a standard scanner. I scan the piece in pieces and put it back together in photoshop.

Hope you dig!
-Mark
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:iconkeysersoze1221:
Keysersoze1221 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very, very nice...
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:iconkaizer617:
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWSOME!!
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:iconmagezheeva:
MageZheeva Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
in the first pic
wolvy sit like a canibal
n d man moves his hands fulll of fear
as like he start to run
but in d bIG pic
they man knows he would die
is affraid of him
or need 2 suicide
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:iconnightphoenix2:
Nightphoenix2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like a nightmare. If you see Wolverine from that angle, you're about to die!
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:iconchargedgraphite:
ChargedGraphite Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great stuff, bud. Never get's old.
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:iconjimonouveau:
Jimonouveau Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Man really appreciate your descriptions. Interesting to hear the details like how marvel reacts to the layout etc. Nice progress layout.

Great art :)
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:iconyudesh01:
yudesh01 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
coloring and ink work is amazing
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:iconbigboss400:
Bigboss400 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I really appreciate that you break down your techniques, I mostly work in pencil and ink and have been fearing to whole Photoshop thing and really in a stage now where I have to relearn the whole process.
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:iconoludayonba:
OLUDAYONBA Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Look awful, amazing. Wolverine while become to someone werewolf transformation of that craws.
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:iconsipioc:
Sipioc Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Looks awesome!

So...random question, do you think Wolverine's teeth are adamantium too? Or even if they do fall out would they just grow back?
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InstanitysMasterMind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wait, you work at Marvel? That is so cool! That is like my dream :D anyway, I love the affect of it :)
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:icondreamingnomad:
DreamingNomad Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
love seeing the process of how you create your work.
amazing stuff!
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:iconc33d:
C33D Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOLVIE: TREAK OR TREAT ... BUB!!! hahahaha
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:icondasw123:
dasw123 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
GOOOD POST~!
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:iconkat-nicholson:
Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
great to see these concepts and stages, thanks for sharing :)
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:iconchaoticmind:
chaoticmind Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
awesome!!!
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:iconcorpodeath:
Corpodeath Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent!
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:iconspiderguile:
SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Most impressive process and result!
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:iconrasmuslykke:
RasmusLykke Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
You killed it! Awesome cover, dude!
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Scanning and compositing large artworks is always a pain for me, especially matching the hues and colors. But you seem to manage it just fine. =)
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:iconstrongmarty:
strongmarty Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work. love the cover idea! badass!
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:iconurban-barbarian:
urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Love this process study! Thanks man!
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BernyArrBee Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
The whole piecescanning sounds cumbersome when you basicly have all the tools at your disposal to never put ink on paper traditionally.
Kudos.
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diablo2003 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That would also mean not having any originals to sell which would be a huge hit to my wallet so the traditional work is important to me plus I enjoy drawing and inking traditionally. besides, scanning only takes a few minutes and the piecing together in photoshop takes even less.
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BernyArrBee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know. You said that a few times, and I've also explained that to someone on your rogue piece when she asked why you did it with copics on paper.
I dunno how things work at marvel, but I had a client who requested a 11x17 600 dpi scan, and I was doing drybrush at the time (so it had to be grayscale). and I wasted about 2 hours on scanning, putting it together and retouching. And I could ink half a page in manga studio in that time.
I'm not sure if you still handle it like doing covers on paper and doing interiour pages digital (especially when I learned that tradional zen master John Lucas did some fill in inks) , but I think it's a wise decision.
I really respect that you still keep some tradional elements in your workflow.
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culdesackidz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
crazy awesome cover
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:iconjesusmarvelite3:
jesusmarvelite3 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for posting these tutorials that document your creative process! They're so helpful.
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:iconhawkeye:
hawkeye Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
That is quite a wicked wolvie cover! Pov is really cool!
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:iconoogahonk:
oogahonk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool
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:iconjadejj:
Jadejj Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Super cool stuff :star:
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:iconcmdrtekk:
cmdrtekk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
looks awesome.
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:iconharley00:
harley00 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats a great cover, animalistic even!
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:iconrabidcomics:
Rabidcomics Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Honestly, I like the first one better. Has more energy/emotion to it.
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diablo2003 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, them's the breaks. Had I used the first one as the finish and the finished one as the layout someone else would have been on here saying that was was a better layout so you can't win either way. All you can do is do the best job you can and hope to produce something you're proud of which I did so I'm satisfied.
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:iconrabidcomics:
Rabidcomics Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Can't argue with that. You're still one of my favorite artists :)
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Wolflife Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thansk so much for uploading this <3
I rly love to see how great artists work...
And I rly love this picture D:! Great done!
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:iconandrewkwan:
AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This looks terrific! What kind of printer do you have that lets you print it out on the bristol board?
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:icondiablo2003:
diablo2003 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
An Epson R1800. I mentioned it in the Step by step=)
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:iconandrewkwan:
AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, flew right over my head! Thanks :D
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:iconwhitewolffie:
WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Whoa! This is good and scary!
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:iconxavier-ninjit:
Xavier-Ninjit Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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bluenique Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011   General Artist
No A3 scanner? Damn you got a cintiq but no A3 scanner? (I personal would kill..for a cintiq)but this is hard work to clue the pieces in PS...I do that all the time and it sucks and theft your time.
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AngryDrunk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks great sir also thanks for the step by step it helps alot
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:iconmansfield114:
Mansfield114 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
excellent job! love your attention to detail. Thank you for sharing the steps needed to produce the final piece. Helps to put it all in perspective.
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:iconmlh70:
mlh70 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
how much time is spent coloring in photoshop ??
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:iconnickmockoviak:
NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's always a good thing when artists share their working process. Kudos Mark!
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Dude that is sweet! Awesome work here
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RenegadeStudios Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool, nice work!
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:iconcrazyshiro:
crazyshiro Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
You definitely got the horror aspect you were looking for. It's almost unreal.
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ninjakitty1995 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=@-@= *hug* mr snuggles!! i thought i would never find you!!
XD jk i know its wolverine lol amazing job!!!
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