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Last year, I started working on a picture of Ms.Marvel/Warbird from Marvel Comics (one of my favorite characters). Every once in awhile, I've seen other artist websites that show the steps of how they get a picture together. While this isn't a very extensive step-by-step feature, it shows some of the stuff that I went through to make this pic that took way too long. What's most strange is that this pic has been worked on all three of the places I've lived in the past year (which is a story best saved for another day). This isn't exactly a tutorial or anything, just some extra stuff that I'm posting.

This is a picture of how it started off. You can see the reference material that I used, including a picture of a woman dressed as the classic version of Phoenix... I think that might be a Scott Crawford made costume, but I'm not totally sure. Plus, as always, I dust off my Marvel Universe books whenever I can. Those are the classic books that told you almost everything about many of Marvel Comics characters (DC comics had a similar series called "Who's Who"). That's actually from her entry when she was named Binary, an identity she took after Rogue stole her powers long ago. You can also see my mass of pencils, pens, erasers and assorted stuff.
Here's the pencils for it. She came out pretty distorted due to the fact that I was developing my &qout;Mazon" pin-up drawing style with the bugged out proportions. Some of this stuff was fixed in PSP7. For some odd reason, she reminds me of Fox and Friends host E.D. Hill. Then again, I'm kinda crazy that way. I had to redraw some lines and use features like "contrast" and "Adjust High/Mid/Shadow" Of course, quite a few people out there use that Adobe Streamline to simplify the lines automatically. It's an expensive program and most people got it through "seedy channels" for free...
Here's the flat colors. Basically, what I do is make layer 1 the normal layer on the bottom. Then, I make a layer on top that has the basic flat colors that I put on a "Multiply" layer that displays the colors while letting the linework show through. Over that layer, I'll make another Multiply layer with the shading on it. The key to computer coloring is a good use of layers. Well, it is for me.
I skipped about a bazillion steps between this and the step before it. This is pretty much the finished product here. Her glowing energy was acheived by using a combination of light-colored normal layers and dodge layers. Dodge is what adds the funky glow, and it's even more intense when laid overtop an area that has been airbrushed with a little white. Try it for yourself and see what you get. To be honest, I was really just trying to get this finished, since I had started it late last year. Still, hopefully this'll give you a small glimpse into my drawing process