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WIP--Detail of the cover for The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 3

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WIP--Detail of the cover for The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 3

Postby Steve Hubbell » Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:24 +0000

Stan Sakai wrote:September 12
WIP--Detail of the cover for The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 3. Ink and watercolor on Strathmore illustration board.

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Here are the waves at the bottom of the art.
Nate Piekos wrote:I'm surprised the Strathmore illo board takes the watercolor without curling. I'll have to try that. It was great seeing you at Boston Con, Stan. Great watching you work, too. I found those neat water-filled brush pens you were using at my local art supply store. They have different size tips!
Stan Sakai wrote:The Strathmore illustration board is nice and thick, so I use it on my larger watercolor pieces. It is made especially for wet media. It also has a nice grain pattern which I prefer over other brands. Those aqua brushes are great, especially for on-the-spot painting. For this watercolor, though, I used a variety of brushes from a 1" flat for the background to a #1 watercolor brush for the fine lines.

Kris Buker wrote:How did you do the white scar highlight on top of the watercolor shading?
Stan Sakai wrote:Kris Buker--the scar highlight was done with a #1 watercolor brush and Cel Vinyl paint, after all the watercolor work had been done. I use that to eliminate any stray lines and to add some white to the waves.

Every time you post a breakdown, I learn something. Thanks Stan!
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