Here’s the next step in my creative process of adding color to this Sinestro Sketch Cover. Topic’s are very similar to watercolor. You have to start with the lightest color first and slowly build up layers of overlapping darker colors and tones. Like with watercolor paint you need to use the white of the paper for highlights throughout your illustration. So here is progress shots 2.
Here’s my starting process to laying down color on this Sinestro Sketch Cover. Since the DC Sketch Cover surface takes markers well I’ll use a combination technique of Copic and Liquitex. After the base background is put down, I’ll mask off the logo and Sinestro with tracing paper and painter tape. The star field is achieved with Liquitex Free Style Splatter Brush. After the splatter paint is dry I’ll add the glow to various splatters along with burst to complete the feel of space.
Here is the finished up Superman Red Son Sketch Cover. The artwork was rendered with Copics, Faber-Castell artist pen, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, and to achieve the heat vision glow I used Liquitex.
Here’s progress shot 2 of this Superman Red Son Sketch Cover. The collar and cape are finished up. Now I’m moving on to adding color to the costume. Medium used for adding color is Copics.
Here’s a progress shot 1 of me adding color to this Superman Red Son Sketch Cover. Tried something different with the background this time. I used the Tom Holtz Collection Rays Stencil to help with the background. I like the effect and will try again with a future sketch cover. The coloring is rendered with Copic Markers. For the highlights in the hair I used a uni-ball Signo broad white gel pen.
In between commissions and projects I’ve been laying down pencils on sketch covers to paint in the future when time permits. Here is the finished Savage Opress pencils.
Here is the Lando Calrissian Sketch Cover pencils all finished up for the smoothes talking smuggler in the galaxy just in time for Solo. Hope to paint this in the near future.
Busy week in the art cave gearing up for Comic Con Revolution this weekend. I’ll have my indie comic magazine, children’s book, original art, custom sketch covers and t-shirts at Artist Alley A-4.
I’ll be at the EAST LA C.A.P.E! this Saturday May 12th 2018 at the El Gallo Plaza • 4545 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue • East Los Angeles, CA 90022.
Here’s the Wolverine Sketch Cover painting all finished up. This was a WonderCon pre-ordered Sketch Cover. Rendered with Faber-Castell Pens and Liquitex.