The latest issue of Boys' Quest magazine hits newsstands Feb. 1st featuring one of my illustrations on the cover. The theme of the issue was "Cowboys" and the whole process took about 2 days (a big chunk of the time was waiting for the magazine editor to approve my rough). Above is the printed cover and below is my original thumbnail sketch from my Official Sketchbook (a .99 cent notebook from CVS).
Below is the rough sketch on a "mock cover sheet" supplied by the magazine which I emailed to the editor. So the main character would get more space, I removed the cacti's cowboy hats and, although I LOVE to draw cacti, one of them became a horse!
After the rough was approved, I drew the finished illustration below lightly in pencil first and then inked it with rapidographs and Pigma Micron pens on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate (it's super smooth and never ever bleeds).
Then I scanned the ink work into Photoshop to colorize it. Quick & easy: I just filled the selected areas with color and used the brush tool to create highlights & shadows. The finished is below!
If you like step-by-step illustration tutorials, you should check out this blog: http://bobjinx.blogspot.com/ by the talented Bob Flynn!