Behind the scenes of the Fear Itself: Wolverine #3 cover

Hey guys,

Here is a step by step process of the work behind Fear Itself: Wolverine #3.

The editors requested a cover showing Wolverine tied to a bomb falling on New York. I looked for icons in reference to this city like the Statue of Liberty or Manhattan that people could identify easily.For the composition of these three layouts I used sketch up for 3D models , google earth for city landscapes and photo reference from time to time.Once the sketches are done I send them to the editors for approval.

Once the editors narrowed down to one image I start the sketching process. The editors gave me a tight deadline so I did some rough sketches (digitally on photoshop) instead of the finish pencils.At this point I already know I want a full painted image so I don’t need to worry about having clean pencils.

Then I started working with flats to define the shapes in the image.

Then I began working the lights and shadows, using various levels of Multiply. I drew an arrow above the character to be conscious of the light source.For this image I chose to use warm tones so it could have a clean and clear look.

Once I get to the final stage I tend to add a couple of effects like blurs to give more depth and dynamism to the image, I also make some color corrections to get to the feeling I have in mind.

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