This was for the inaugural "Emerging Artist Spotlight" started by the lovey and brilliant, Shannon Kingston. I was lucky enough to be chosen to kick off the spot in the first issue of the amazing first issue of Dynamite Comics' Red Sonja series written by Amy Chu and art by Carlos Gomez (2017).
Step 1) the sketch. Really any project the first step is research. But, when specifically discussing the art, we start with the sketch. This was more working out a feeling of toughness for the she devil with a sword. I didn't wanter her to be dainty.
Step 2) From paper sketch, I go to a digital sketch or pencils. Here you can see, I didn't exactly like the leg placement of the original sketch. Keeping Red Sonja powerful but now a touch of regal. I often work in two colors via sketches one as a first pass, and another as a second or refinement.
Step 3) I often work in a very traditional comic work flow. Sketch, Pencils, Inks, to Colors. These are the inked lins before we can move to color.
Step 4) The color phase. I flat out (laying down flat color blocks to easily separate) the objects to color the respective elements that make up the piece.
Step 5) Renders and finishes. Once the colors are laid down, we enter the sometimes most fun and sometimes most difficult part of the work, renders. This often is the part that really breathes life into the piece and can easily be the most time consuming.