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Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden Part 6 cover process

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Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden Part 6 cover process

Postby Steve Hubbell » Tue Dec 19, 2017 14:31 +0000

Stan Sakai (on Facebook) wrote:I just turned in the cover for Dark Horse Usagi Yojimbo #171 (issue #237 in the complete UY series). Here is the process. As usual, the image area is 10x15.5 inches on 11x17 inch 2-ply Strathmore cold press Bristol.

The story is The Hidden, part 6 of a 7-part story.

Roughing out shapes with a 2H .3mm mechanical pencil.


Finished pencils drawn with a HB .5mm mechanical pencil. I used a meter stick to determine the vanishing points for the perspectives and a French curve for the swords.


Inked with an Koh-i-Noor ArtPen (now discontinued) and Platinum Carbon Black ink.


Erased with a Sumo Black eraser.


Background textures added with the ArtPen.

I wanted this piece to be bottom lit to increase the drama and mood.


Details added to finish the art.

Now it will go to Tom Luth for coloring.

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Re: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden Part 6 cover process

Postby Maka » Tue Dec 19, 2017 15:46 +0000

This is beautiful. I love the how Stan's art displays the lighting. So great! Peace, maka
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