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.
Exhibiting At Conventions 101
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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.
Remembering my life hero today! Prince has had a profound impact on my life in so many ways. When creating my personal artwork or working on commissions, Prince is a huge part of my creative process. Listening to his music helps to fuel my creativity. I remember discovering his music during Junior High School. The Controversy Album was out at that time. I listened to it and has hooked instantly to his purple punk funk music. I’m definitely blessed to have seen him in concert many manny times!
This year I have an Art Gallery Exhibit currently running and couldn’t think of a better exclusive piece to create than the combination of comic books and Prince, two of my favorite influences in life. Here is one version of Partyman 2.0 created in honor of my life hero!
Happy 60th Birthday Prince!
I finally got around to cleaning out my art satchel from Comic Con Revolution and came across this illustration I did of my character Nyx. I’ve been contemplating on getting these type of sketch boards to have at conventions. The surface of this sketch board takes ink and maker great.
A few art friends have these sketch boards and thought they are a great way to art on but the surface of theirs didn’t look like it took ink and makers well. Kinda like the sketch covers that are out that did not take ink or marker well and that’s why I started painting on sketch covers. From experimenting with this sketch board I’m definitely leaning toward getting some printed.
Here is a Deadpool Sketch Cover pencils all finished up. Hoping to add paint to this between current projects.