Here are the major stages from the Crimson piece. Just a high level walkthrough. If you want to see much more in-depth explanations to my art, check out my Live Stream channel for video and live tutorial.
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For some reason I decided to sketch in blue, then tighten in red, then sketch in red, then tighten in blue, the finish in blue... it was a mess. So, this is the raw scan from page to screen.
This is what it looked like after desaturating it and adjusting the levels to try to bring it back to life. Problem is, it's messy as hell.
That takes me to one of the more serious clean up jobs I have had to do in a while. This part is annoying because I just want to get to the painting. Here I later erase the lines for the blood and other little elements to soften them in the paint process. I vertically stretched the image a tad because it suddenly seemed squashed.
I painted Alex up first. I wanted to make sure I paid the most attention to him. Here I did some things differently that usual. I used more layers of paint for the face and I textured the coat with more paint strokes than textures.
The victim gets painted up. Sampled the blood from Alex's mouth. The rest is all unique color picks. She has a different skin tone that Alex so I wanted to keep it fresh and not color pick anything from him. Also, I kept the blood gloopy because that's how it always looked in the comic.
I started on a different BG than the final version but this one is much stronger. Here I apply all the final effects. Rim light, moon glow, and color layers add the last touches.
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