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X-Men Legacy cover step-by-step by diablo2003 X-Men Legacy cover step-by-step by diablo2003
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!

Hope you dig!
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Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice mini  tutorial, thanks.
Ryannzha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fantastic, I almost can feel the emotion. Great work :thumbsup:
thespiritprevails Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Wow, great process!
DeathOctopus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I just love your work. <3
manuarts3000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
artbaby08 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
WOW!!!!!!!! that's amazing
prongsie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love you.

Ok, that was weird. But you made my fave cover ever.
Thank you. Forever.
BWS2K Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks for the step-by-step!
daniloleao Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
muito bom seus desenhos gostaria que desse uma olhada nůs meus.
redkclark96 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
How do you print in non-photo blue?
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