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Rogue and Gambit Process

Rogue and Gambit, X-men, Marvel, Colored, Rubble, playing card, kiss

So this isn’t exactly a walk through, and it certainly isn’t a step by step. I don’t work in an orderly fashion, so a step by step isn’t really feasible. But this will give you an idea of my process.

The picture we’ll be looking at is this one.

Rogue and Gambit, X-men, Marvel, Colored, Rubble, playing card, kiss

Rogue and Gambit, of Marvel’s X-men comics. This Rogue and Gambit piece was unique in the fact that I saved different versions. That’s not something I usually do, but since Rogue and Gambit are two of my favorite characters, ever, I wanted to make sure I got it right.

You can see where I started with the cleaned up line art. Then I laid in my basic colors, and blocked in some of my highlights and shadows. I put circles of colors for my light sources and the shadows so the colors will be easy to grab as I go. If it’s a color I think I’ll use pretty frequently, I’ll add it to my color swatches.

Next I figured out the background. That was mainly playing with colors and balancing the foreground, background and figures.

Now you see me playing with highlights, light sources, the folds on Gambit’s jacket. You can see I changed my mind a lot on how Rogue’s costume should reflect light, and the strength of the light from the playing cards on Rogue’s hair.

And then, with all art, you reach the point where you’re hurting more than helping, and you call it done. I hope this is able to help some one in their painting process. The biggest advice I can give is play around, and most importantly, have FUN.

 

A step by step of my process of digital painting for a piece of Rogue and Gambit Fan art, of the X-men.

For more Rogue and Gambit art, check out the fan art page.

 

More New Art!

Here are two pieces I created with those copic markers I talked about previously.  You may or may not notice, but these have definitely been inspired by the artwork of Adam Hughes.

Mara Jade!

Mara Jade is one of my favorite characters from the Star Wars universe.  The moment I read Heir to the Empire, I was hooked.  It’s only fitting that I do her justice with some awesome fan art.  And I see no better piece to for a semi-walk through.

From pencils to  inks to colors:
This is just a super rough walk through to give you an idea of how I work.  The Pencils are rough, as I figure out the pose and proportions.  I also rough in highlights, to give myself and idea of the light source.

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I using the inking stage to take that even further, and add depth and shading.

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I color in photoshop.  I first make the ink a new layer, in which I delete all the negative space.  The magic eraser is your best friend here.  I throw in some rough colors on a new layer under the inks.  Then I refine.  I also go back to the ink layer and change my lines to soften the image.  It’s a lot of just playing around and seeing what looks best.  The final step is adding the water mark.

New Tools

Excuse me while I get a little philosophical.

I’ve recently expanded my repertoire of art supplies to include markers.  Now I will admit I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to my art supplies.  In art classes I favored oil paints and charcoal and pen and ink, with a few brief forays with chalk pastel.  I liked the tools I was familiar with.  They were the tools of the masters.  I always thought, growing up, that markers and crayons were for little kids.  I was absolutely wrong about both of them.

I acquired a set of Copic markers in cool gray, and another set of the warm gray.  With a few splashes of sharpie thrown in, I’ve come to truly love the effect they create.    I am in love with markers.

Expect many pieces in the future featuring my new-found love.

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