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Working process on a Red Sonja by PaulRenaud Working process on a Red Sonja by PaulRenaud
Here's my answer to the step by step requests I get on Deviant Art.
I chose a Red Sonja cover because I'm doing a bunch of covers for the series right now.

Step 1
This is the pencil art, the original. Nothing too fancy. Just a regular Sonja fight. I just love the hero vs too many opponents theme, and use it once in a while. It's the third time I do this on Red Sonja covers.

Step2
The inking here is digital, that is pencil lines being cleaned up and darkened.

Step3
Now this is where the real work is. I like to paint (digitally) my covers in shades of grey. It helps me focus on the composition and light without getting bothered by color choices. At this point I know what the colors will be, but this is not the priority.
I also redefine the composition, and change a few things to make the picture more easy to read : the warrior behind sonja is flipped to the right of the cover...same goes to the mountain background.

Step4
From then on I do very little painting. Just a little bit brush work here and there, I use the gray work transform it into the color I want and add the special fx (glowing fx, snow, blood).
As I said earlier, this is the third time I do a ONE VS MANY cover for Sonja, so I needed to go to another direction with the coloring.
That's why the snow battle option (that I had experimented earlier on an Elektra piece).


Here's a post on my message board for bigger pics
[link]
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:iconpaulpiceno:
paulpiceno Feb 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I would love you always draw a Conan or Red Sonja Saga for years, your style ans sensibility for this comic strip is awesome, for real, see ya!!!
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:iconassurancetourix:
very useful step by step! i love this kind of coloring, there is an atmosphere not just cool colors here and there...très bon!
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:iconpaulrenaud:
PaulRenaud Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artist
thank you very much, Mattia!
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MichelaDaSacco Aug 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, great! Thanks for this step by step. :giggle: Do you always ink digitally?
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PaulRenaud Aug 19, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks Michela.
Not always, but more and more. Either that way (pencil are made black) or directly with my Cintiq. The pages I'm doing on Red Sonja currently are a mix of traditional inking and Cintiq [link]
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:iconurban-barbarian:
I love seeing the process! So cool!
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:iconpaulrenaud:
PaulRenaud Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Glad you enjoyed it, sir!
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SpiderGuile Aug 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Elegant process of a killer art cover!!!
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:iconpaulrenaud:
PaulRenaud Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks man.
See you soon!
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SpiderGuile Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hope so! :)
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