Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cyclops W.I.P. - Step 3 - Underpainting

Scott Summers is that much closer to being brought to life!

The colors have all been laid down with watercolor washes, though some will have to be dulled a bit so as not to take away from the optic blast.

Unfortunately I made Cyclops' eye beam a bit too pink. I'd like it redder still. So much to tweak!

I was toying around with the idea of coloring with markers instead of watercolors for my comic book art in the future. It seems like the natural choice. I've been using the marker/ink combination a lot recently for my Mail Art on my other blog.

Ink tends to sit on top of the paint (which sits on top of the paper) and can easily run and smear while drying. But markers absorb deep into the paper so the ink is much easier to control when applied IMHO.

The next and last step is the most labor-intensive one. Inking the entire illustration and adding any last minute details.

Before you know it, that optic blast will be doing some serious damage!



Manon Doyle said...

Very cool! I love the bright colors!! I'm sure markers will do the trick. I don't know if this helps but ....have you ever used Inktense. They are like watercolor pencils and when water is applied they act like watercolor but..... they dry like ink. They are permanent when dry so you can add layers to it without ruining the other ones! Did that make any sense? lol

Anonymous said...

Dde, your talent seriously amazes!

Dean Grey said...


I never heard of Inktense until now!

But wouldn't the colors run all over the place once the water was added?

I'll have to look into these!



I hope you're as equally impressed with the finished piece!


Both of your feedback is greatly appreciated!


My Flow Chart said...

Dean that is GREAT, WONDERFUL and absolutely GREAT. What will you do with it when done?

joanne May said...

Hi Dean,
Great image of Cyclops... It is good to see your work in progress. I will come back to see this painting completed.
By the way I like your secret identity image...You make a good Clark Kent!
Good to see you again.;)

Dean Grey said...

My Flow Chart!

Go on. Tell me what you really think! LOL

I plan to list the finished piece up for auction on eBay IF I like the way it turns out. Look for it towards the end of next week!



Clark Kent? You're too kind!


Thanks to both of you for your comments!


**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Love seeing the progression of this...just went over to Doughnut and saw the it...
Hoping the glass is still Half full!
Have a great Tuesday...doesn't it feel like Spring is in the air!

DKSmall, artist said...

eBay huh... (makes note to watch for it)

Dean Grey said...


Thank you, Char!



I'll link to it on the finished piece, David.


I appreciate hearing from both of you!