Your work here really gives life to the piece, it's gorgeous. I have a question. How do you color the lineart? I was trying to figure out John Rauch's technique today watching his videos but got really frustrated and angry because I didn't understand it at all. It's not that I'm completely dumb, it's that I may not be familiar with everything Photoshop has to offer.
A lot of the line art on Thor and the Hammer/Energy was actually just painted over. I deviated from the line art here and there to push some of the negative shapes a tad more in spots. The people in the BG I just selected the line art and colored over it on a layer. Which means that your line art has to be on a layer as well. Another way to do it would be to have your line art on a layer, create another layer on top of it then go in to the layers menu and turn that layer into a "Clipping Mask" and then where ever you paint on the layer above the line art will only paint over where the line art is. This of course means that your layer of line art has to be just the line art. There are tons of stuff on the web on how to do that if you are getting lost.
So there you go a mixture of just painting it how I think it should be and coloring of the line art
Okey, seriously the lots and lots of hours is part of the fun but I have problems with make it "simpler" when I face the art I always want to add some more texture or color because it look plain to me.
well okay a serious answer for you. The thing I think you feel that is missing is as you say the texture. But the question is what kind of texture are you wanting. A lot of times people will through on just some texture they found or scanned and it just does not look right. It floats off of the artwork instead of becoming one with it. So I tend to do all my mostly by hand, meaning I paint it straight on with cintiq and a custom brush. I tend to try to imagine if I was painting it with Oils and how would I describe the texture, roundness with the brush stroke and how they all work together.
On this piece what I meant by simpler was that at first I had a lot more color to it, To all the people and it just did not work right. So I redid and repainted it many times. As I was painting it I just kept on taking things out color wise. Then I did the Homer Simpson moment where I smack my head and went "Doooohhhh" and just went with a more simpler orangish/Blue color combination and it started coming alive for me. Then what was not working was the lighting and I refined it and darkened the highlights on the figures in the BG so Thor had the strongest and then went in and painted over the line art layer and put the White highlights on Thor. Now there are moments where there are lots of brushstrokes in the orangish sky to give a shimmering quality to the air and less strokes on Thor, but the stronger highlights so there is a contrast and brushstrokes and lighting from the BG to Thor and that makes it pop more. This was not an easy page for me but I knew it was right when it looked easy. Strange but true.
Then thing that I keep telling myself is Color, Value, Lighting and Ambience and in that order. When starting I keep my lighting to a simple two toned system so I can keep a grib on it until I am ready to do the brushstrokes. The one thing that most people would be surprised to find is how hard my stuff looks until I have the colors and values figured out. Now sometimes you do all that and still it does not work right and you just have to work your way through it. As with this cover.
Hope that was more the kind of answer you were looking for.
Thanks so much for stoping by and commenting. Best Dean
Thanks for a more extensive and serious answer, it show me part of the painting process it took you work on this cover.
I really appreciate you took the time to answering me, so I go back to work on my paintings and consider the color, value and lighting. The last two are a pain for me but the only way to learn is practicing.
Your welcome and be sure I'll be around your gallery ready to put some comments.