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The process for UY Book 31 cover

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The process for UY Book 31 cover

Postby Steve Hubbell » Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:01 +0000

Stan Sakai (on Facebook) wrote:The process for UY Book 31 cover. The book will be out in July, 2017

Penciled with 3mm HB mechanical pencil on 4-ply 500 series Strathmore Bristol


Bordered with a 3.5 mm technical pen, and inked with a Koh-i-noor Art Pen


I masked the foreground and figures and inked the background with ShinHan Touch marker


I laid a watercolor was over the entire background


Using variations of the background tone, I detailed the face of Enma, the Japanese lord of Hell

I don't lay water down. Instead I make a diluted watercolor "wash". You can get a flat, even tone if you use a large, flat watercolor brush, but I wanted some texture to the background.


I laid a wash over the foreground, and peeled off the mask covering the figures

"Wash" is diluted ink or watercolor to create a transparent color. I like to use this technique to build up colors, though you have to be careful with watercolors because it is water soluble and laying on more washes can affect the color underneath. I laid on a pretty even wash for the floor, but wanted to gradate the colors from left to right, dark to light or the floor would come off as flat and would flatten out the drawing/painting.


Using watercolors, I worked the clothing


Finished art

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Re: The process for UY Book 31 cover

Postby Warren » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:21 +0000

Excellent. Thanks Stan and Steve. :)

I think the mask peeling is my favourite step in these cover demonstrations. It's whisked off and - voilà! - the foreground characters pop again, pristine black and white.
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