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Power Girl Tonal Drawing by AdamHughes Power Girl Tonal Drawing by AdamHughes
Here's the original lineart for the Power Girl #1 variant cover. Pencil, ink, Copic markers, all on sketch paper. Probably 15"X20".
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PM-Graphix Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a huge fan and love this shot . the perspective is great.
This looks like Doris Day.
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Ocean-Djinn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I find it humorous that all the guys are staying with at her that expression of "...BooBs" and the reporter lady is just like what's so special about her.
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Splendid!
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Al1cia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Student Photographer
awesome :3
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otas32 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nothing like a gorgeous chesty girl ripping her shirt open :D YUM
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
@picture
Sheesh, some people can work magic with a pencil. I'm green with envy.
Great job!
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meapanda Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
i cannot get over the unbelievable cross hatching on the jeans, they look amazing. i love your composition. also, i'm a bit jealous of your city skylines, you always have a good balance of the lights on/off happening, i always feel mine looks forced. not to mention your buildings and vehicles always feel just as solid as the figures. awesome stuff as always mister! <3
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
City lights at night.....**shudders**
It's too easy for them to look like crossword puzzles, no? :-)
Here's what I do...
Always consider what KIND of building you are drawing. Most office buildings have multiple windows per office. Meaning, you'll have several lights "connected" in a row. Apartment buildings might be more prone to having single windows.
Also, lights 'bloom' and create the impression of slightly oval shapes as opposed to rectangles. This varies from window-to-window, depending on how much light they occupants I using in that room. I usually make several windows in any building really oval and 'bloomy'.
Also, always consider the unlit horizontal levels on buildings, usually they are the floors (unless a building is a modern skyscraper with floor-to-ceiling glass windows).
:-)
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meapanda Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
thankyou so much, i'll definitely have to keep this in mind and do some practise works using these tips. I'm terrible at giving enough attention to this sort of detail so hopefully this will help me be more accurate as i develop :3
you're a champion <3
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Just trying help! :-)
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vampirictooth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
lol...i thought you use some kind of mouse hand or somethin like that,neverthought you draw it on paper
really awesome works dude :)
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Maizemore Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
EVERYONE LOOK AT MY BOOBS!!!!!!!
lol very nice work
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ilovemykids Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
hahahah
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fskn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Adam, you should definitely let somebody record a video of you doing one of these, and then make a DVD out of it. It didn't even had to pretend to be a instructional video, just an "Adam Hughes Draws" would do.

It could be something in the vein of the Anatomy of a Sketch Youtube videos, but longer.
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fskn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Adam, you should definitely let somebody record a video of you doing one of these, and then make a DVD out of it. It didn't even had to pretend to be a instructional video, just an "Adam Hughes Draws" would do.

It could be something in the vein of the Anatomy of a Sketch Youtube videos, but longer.
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rurouni-jedi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've looked everywhere on your page to see if my question has already been answered, but I can't find it, so I'm going to buckle down and ask you. I really apologize if you've already answered this 2394823049 times before, but I've tried to figure it out on my own and I can't figure it out!

When you color a tonal image like this in photoshop... how the f**k do you do it? Specifically, I'll draw a tonal image very similar to this, scan it into photoshop, color a giant blob of color on top of it on a separate layer, and then put said layer through every damn filter (meaning "multiply", "screen", "overlay", etc etc) and not one of them gives me the same effect that your colored pieces have. How do you color the black lines a different color? Do you lock the tonal layer from the white background so that you can individually go over the black lines? If so, how do you do that? I can do it if I just have lineart, but when you add tones to the mix, man, I'm clueless. Gah, I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how you do it! LOL. Obviously I don't quite know how to use photoshop to its full potential.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
It's OK; I'm not using PS to its full potential either. :-)

(and thanks for looking for the answer before asking the question here).

I'll admit that a lot of what I do is intuitive, but i'll try to break it down if I can.

I start with a Grayscale scan of a tonal drawing.

I convert to CMYK Mode.

Now it gets wacky...

One way to start getting color on the piece is to use Edit>Adjust>Variations. I like to push the art towards an imprematura that keys off of the flesh tones. Why? Personal preference. Mess around with the yellows and red, especially in the midtones.

Done properly, you'll have a nice warm monochromatic illo now. You can go in with your brush tool set to Color Mode or make a soft Lasso selection and Fill>Foreground Color set to Color Mode, and start changing colors to what you want.

It's a lot like painting. Lots of 'transaparent glazing' and 'opaque highlighting'. It's easier to explain in person, sadly.

The best thing to do with Photoshop is to play around until you discover what works for you. The one thing I caution against is thinking that its all about LAYERS. To many people think that its some arcane series of Adjustment Layers in some insane combination, and for me, it's not. I make copies of what I'm working on, say, Power Girl's face, on another Layer just so that if I mess it up I can delete it and start again easily. That's about it for my Layer usage.

The Big Trick is just figuring out a good way to make a gray pixel a pixel with a discernible hue. THAT'S ALL. Think simple. Don't overcomplicate an already complicated program, and you'll be OK.

If you have dark lines or pixels that you want to be color, trying using the Brush tool set to Color or sometimes Lighten Mode. That works for me.

Good luck and feel free to ask follow-up questions.

-AH!-
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rurouni-jedi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Huge, HUGE help. I think in the end I ended up using filters I was more comfortable with, but I think the effect came out the way I was hoping: [link] I still need to fiddle around more and get some more practice, but that totally set me on the right track. Thank you SO much for typing that all out for me, you seriously unlocked a door that I've been banging on for a long time!!
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
You're very welcome! Good luck!
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Bill-Devine Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Nice answer Adam, I appreciate it as well.

Hopefully will see you at Comic Con in July.
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Mavrick-Izzy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
praise god 4 her character designer he understood the need 4 lack of symbol
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Abdomenial Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
In human language, you're called super talented..
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tumbero Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Looks like Anna Nicole Smith
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Is it weird that my eyes keep coming back to the crosshatching/wickerhatching on the pants? Maybe there's just too much good stuff in this illustration...
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U1trawoman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW! Impressive!
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I really like the attention to detail you gave her jeans :)
You really captured the material well. I think the same about her jacket :)
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shilohs Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
thats so good it's not even funny Adam...
wowza :drool:
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emmav Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
What big....eyes she has ^_^
I love that texturing on the jeans.
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JokerHarley2345 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you create the great experssions in your work. You inspire me to keep up with my craft. Thank you.
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Crithon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
brilliant, I just love the expression of the woman all the way in the bottom right. I'd love to ad my own little dialog of her "uh huh." this is the joy of your expression, amazing piece
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hclark Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the expressions from the men truly amusing
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Razielgod Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very good
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ungaii Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
thanks for the reply, I see exactly what you mean and how you did it in your drawing.
keep up the good work man
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MitchGerads Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional
Hi Adam, i've been a fan for a long time and have had a burning question, hopefully you can answer...

1. What's the best way to do color holds in a grayscale original? Much like this image. I've been wanting to do our book this way for awhile, but once I add the greys I end up losing my ability to do color holds.

Secret Bonus question: Will you be attending Wizard World Chicago this August? (...or whatever they're calling it this year.)

Thanks so much!
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
1. I'm not sure I understand the question....

Bonus: No on is attending any Wizard shows this year, I hear they are all postponed (Can anyone out there verify that?)
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MitchGerads Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional
LA and Chicago are still going strong, the others were postponed/cancelled. (Texas and Philly I believe)

M!
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MitchGerads Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional
PS. If I would have read the comments first I would have noticed you basically already answered my "tip" question. Sorry for that everyone!

If you are going to Chicago, see you there! Our Artist Alley table just got approved, woo!
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nathanmrmr Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
That is so cool.You do the BEST Powergirl! The building reminds me of 9/11 though.
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pharmdown Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can't wait for this to drop...been hoping for a PowerGirl cover since jsa classified.
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Boobs fix lots of things. HAPPY boobs fix everything.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
This is why Kat is wise.
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because I know boobs.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
You know ME..... are you seeing other boobs behind my back?!?

Oh. BOOBS.

I get it now.
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lEdogawa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I-I'm in love!
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0becomingX Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
really love the spoof on the classic superman exposing his superman symbol under his clothing

what better way to say i am woman, than showing the goods.
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RogueDerek Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
You ARE doing some variant covers for Power Girl's new series? Yes!

I need to print this for my bulletin board!
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ungaii Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Dude I this totally rocks! just out of curiosity when drawing PG is it hard to maintain proper perspective and anatomy, since she is so endowed?
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Good question!

Well, it requires a little 'squash & stretch' as the animation boys call it. I find I have to give her a wider back to compensate, and a slightly longer rib cage. When you can't see where a woman's rib cage ends and the abs begin (if, say, two enormous breasts are covering so much of her personal real estate), I find it look awkward, as if she's MISSING her rib cage. It helps that Power Girl is a bit on the buff side, so I can add mass to her arms and legs to help balance out the overall figure.

The same applies if you are drawing a male fero with enormous pecs (like Superman); you have to perform little anatomic tweaks so that it kinda all balances out in the end.
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Gibraltor Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Sooo what exactly is the process frojm tonal coloring to normal coloring?
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
So many people have asked me this; I may start a series of FAQ journals to cover the oft-asked questions. Stay tuned!
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