Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Spider-Man cover process


I thought I'd give you a look at each stage of the process on my latest Marvel Adventures Spider-Man cover.

Thumbnail: drawn in Photoshop. This is where I laying it out for my editor to see. I like to work up a color comp so that they can fully understand what I intend to do with the piece.

Pencils: Drawn digitally with Sketchbook Pro. You can see here that I'm not working out the details. I'm just going in and roughing it out. I ink myself so there is no reason for me to waste alot of time drawing things perfectly. Then the inking stage would be no fun.

Inks: I print out the digital pencils onto bristol board and ink traditionally with a brush. Here's where I make most of the line choices. I really just start inking lines. Not a ton of thought, just going from the gut.

Color: Photoshop. You can see that I changed the pallet from the thumbnail. I decided that since this piece was focused on the Police, I wanted a color that would invoke that feeling. The boys in BLUE goes along way. When I think police, I think blue. Works well on a Spidey cover as well and blue is big part of his color scheme. (even thought I don't show much of it on his costume.

There you go, a little look into each stage.

26 comments:

Logan Mirto said...

Man, your work inspires the hell outta me...

Blaine said...

i second that notion.
your art blows my mind.

Shane Neville said...

Thanks for this Skottie - super inspiring.

Quick question - I was wondering why you prefer Sketchbook Pro over sketching in Photoshop?

Álvaro Álvarez said...

I love the dynamism that have these characters and the composition of the painting.
You have definitely left the clean style that take place before, or is back to see more colors in the style of the cleaner who worked at the time when drawing the Human Torch, Venom or Alpha Fight?
Thnks for share your art and sorry 4 my english
Greetings Skottie

Fabian said...

Thank You! Thank You! Thank YOu!! Always love to see the process!! Hope you upload more like this in a near future, or one of the Wizard of Oz in step by step like this one.
Have a great week!

Bennessy said...

Yo Skottie, nice work man, i'm a big fan. I was just wonderin' how long (on average) does it take you to produce a piece like this?

Arp said...

Thanks for the peek into the process. For someone starting out, would you recommend PS over something like Sketchbook Pro (aside from paper, of course)?

mr. KEWA said...

I love ur style n teknics

Chris said...

Such great work Skottie! Thanks for sharing some process work.

Steve Emond said...

Wow this is incredible! What do you ink with, and at what size do you print the pencils?

Joe Romano 2 said...

Good stuff man, thanks for the insight on the process. I learn alot from these posts. Keep up the great work.

Firepunk said...

always nice to see how the big boys do it. as previously said great insight and inspiration. Keep up the great work

joshua wysocki said...

that spiderman pose is butter!

pablo said...

Just wanted to say Thanks for showing this. I love seeing the thought process.

Thanks again

Dayne Henry Jr said...

Damn Skottie... Ridiculous man!!! That shit is bad! In a good way, of course. I use a similar process with my work, it's really fun that way. I used to draw really, really tight pencils, but that ain't my style! The inking stage, whether it be digital or tradish, is the most fun cuz it's not so robotic... anyways, GREAT STUFF!!!

shalik said...

cool works!!!

Clayton said...

I was wondering how do u get your Inked work in photoshop to be able to work the color in? Are u redrawing it in photoshop, or doing something to the image once scanned in?

RAWLS said...

haha...his web looks like barbed wire! Awesome work Skottie, I love it!!! I like seeing yer process!

rocketfuelsushi said...

Just finished Oz #7 and have to give props--Oz is the one comic on the stands that I really look forward to every month. And then I saw that you're hookin' up the next book this winter. Can't even tell you how psyched that made me.

Thanks for bringing some measure of awesome-ness (and a heaping-hot-huge measure, that is to say) back to comics!

-kube- said...

Incredible work Skottie! You have THE best Spider-Man anywhere. Your work on Venom is still some of my favorite. I was wondering if the change to the pose from the original sketch was feed from the editor or your choice?

EL Gato Negro said...

you keep getting better and better man !!!!

pascal said...

Awesome mate! You really turned things around for me man. The way u ink has opened up my eyes to a whole new scale of ways to do my own art! Awesome!

I've been trying out alot if different brushes and inks lately and haven't found anything majorly awesome yet... So I was wondering wich brush and ink u use. :)

Cheers mate!

abhishek singh said...

love ur work
big fan
:)
thanks for sharing these process sketches

Jennifer Juniper said...

Skottie, this shit is TIGHT! haha Seriously, though. :)

Anonymous said...

Why sketchbook pro? Whats the advantage?

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