This is the step but step for the cover I did for X-Men Legacy #262 featuring Rogue for Marvel Comics. Here's the explanation for each image:
Step 1- I do a very rough sketch in about 15 minutes to submit to Marvel for approval of the concept.
Step 2- For this cover I wanted to get the subtle aspects of her pose so I called my friend Riki and had her pose for some reference photos. This are just for visual reference and not traced.
Step 3- The pencils where I work out the pose and all the little aspects of the costume. Everything after this will be built on this image.
Step 4- I do a very quick color job in photoshop over the pencils to figure out how I am going to render the markers. This keeps me from making mistakes when I get to the marker stage.
Step 5- I print the image out on non-photo blue and ink it using my Pentel brush pen and Copic multiliners on Strathmore drawing paper at 12"X24"
Step 6- The piece is rendered in warm and cool Copic markers using my original color rough as reference. I work light to dark carefully blending the markers as I go so it comes out smooth. I add highlights with white Prismacolor pencil and white acrylic. This step usually takes the longest.
Step 7- The piece is scanned in and colored in Photoshop on my Cintiq 21UX. At this stage I also make any slight adjustments that I find wrong. In this case I noticed her breasts were far too big so I used the free transform tool to tone them down and make them a bit smaller.
From there it's off to Marvel for approval!
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