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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!
-Mark
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:iconransomgetty:
RansomGetty Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Love stumbling on this again so many years later. Loved this image.
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:icontheliggi:
TheLiggi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Great Work!  Thanks for walking us through your process!!!
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:iconrob-satanta-k:
Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice mini  tutorial, thanks.
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:iconryannzha:
Ryannzha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Fantastic, I almost can feel the emotion. Great work :thumbsup:
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:iconthespiritprevails:
thespiritprevails Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Wow, great process!
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:icondeathoctopus:
DeathOctopus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I just love your work. <3
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:iconmanuarts3000:
manuarts3000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
exelente
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:iconartbaby08:
artbaby08 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
WOW!!!!!!!! that's amazing
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:iconprongsie:
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.
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BWS2K Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks for the step-by-step!
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daniloleao Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
muito bom seus desenhos gostaria que desse uma olhada nós meus.
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redkclark96 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
How do you print in non-photo blue?
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JnelInJP Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I am loving your work! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing all of your new pieces as you add them. Thanks again!
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darquem Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
your friend riki is f ing hot
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elneanderthal Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ESTO ME RECUERDA UN LIBRO DE ARTE DE BORIS BALLEJO QUE TRABAJABA CON MODELOS ! DOS PULGARES ARRIBA !
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:iconbigjanowski:
bigjanowski Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student
You are the guy who actually drew this, I just read this, so awesome. Btw nice explanation for steps to help us out!
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:iconsoovigon:
soovigon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Gran trabajo. Es realmente Fantástico. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconlovoart:
lovoart Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good work. buen trabajo , gracias por mostrarr tu forma de trabajar, suerte
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
12x 24?! how in the who ha?!
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:iconcrazy-gorgez:
crazy-gorgez Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
You are fantastic!
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:iconjoseotaku:
joseotaku Featured By Owner May 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow! This is so incredible. :heart:
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:iconthunderdream:
ThunderDream Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Thank you for sharing with us!! :awestruck:
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:iconfafio:
fafio Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great job, i really like your process
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:iconoriginstory:
OriginStory Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so many steps... you really do work hard ;) I had no idea that you were jumping from one media to another, pretty cool :D
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mlh70 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
your rough looks much angrier that the finished product. the left arm position takes away from the action of the rough. any reason why you went in that direction?
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SifuEagle Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thanks for the lesson, Sensei. Beautifully done.
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Gay-san Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
very nice!
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maliceshaw Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Ohhh yes. I dig I dig I dig. You are living a dream I had for so long. Fantastic work, can't wait until this month to get it :)
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Bigboss400 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool
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:iconfefe1414:
Fefe1414 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow! I love to see how you work! This is awesome!
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IcyBlackRoses Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Amazing!
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:icondarkdragon247:
DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great inside and Riki is a perfect superheroine model. Love her Huntress... :)
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:iconjtchan:
jtchan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for sharing this Mark! Hot damn -- it came out great!
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anallorente Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thanks for adding the process :D
The final art it's amazing
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OLUDAYONBA Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see to this product of artwork develop of show tutorial is well.
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joshuajoseph Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
which type of copic original,sketch ,ciao :?
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WilliamDettrey Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Steps two and three are my favorite. Not as clean but have so much more life to it than the refined steps. Thanks for posting this process Mark!
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C33D Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much... THANK YOU!
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Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thank you, for sharing your process. it really helps to see how an image moves along. and i love that you posted the ref pics. it nice to show people that you can 'reference' and image without out right copying it.

i loved that you changed her facial expression too. its amazing how a small tweak such as her facial expression can change the whole feel of the image. :love:
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DreamingNomad Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
love the explanation...need to get back into drawing as i have been very lazy for about 10 years now.
I dream of many ideas but never create them...
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keijiko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
I love this! Thanks for posting your process, very inspiring :)
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Dirty1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Damn that's awesome. I like seeing the different ways artists go about their work.
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ThiagoRibeiro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
great
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pigsofdoom Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful to see!
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Sezuko704 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
First off I would just like to say that you are a WAY better artist that I would ever hope to be.
Now with that being said I am going to attempt to make constructive criticism without sounding insulting or just plain picky.

I think the final version of this piece is over rendered. It seems too aggressive and busy colour wise.
Step 4 and 6 are the best looking versions because they are easier on the eyes. Soft. I hope you can see what I mean. In step 7, your eye does not know where to look and is bombarded with rendered shiny lights and shadows and details…

That’s just my opinion… but yeah, I appreciate the all the hard work gone into these illustrations!
: )
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Testament7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME WORK!!! I am unfortunately biased since rogue is My top Favorite character of all comic-dom, but aside from that I really like your creative ability and technique.

Comic artist in the making,
Advent
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn great! ;)
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:iconichizack:
ichizack Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice job there =D.
Man, i need learn some tricks with you.
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Xevixeis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really great! I like your process description! :+fav:
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McJ3Ep Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Dannnng, her clothes look F'd up, Great Job!!!!
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