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Zatanna 11 by AdamHughes Zatanna 11 by AdamHughes
Year: 2010
Client: DC Comics
Media: PITT Pen on Strathmore Drawing paper, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Here's a progression showing what we did to get ZATANNA 11 wrapped up.

It started life as a concept drawing for an inventory cover. It was immediately rushed into active status, also being switched from its original issue, ZATANNA 12, to the previous issue, issue 11. Such is life in publishing!

I transferred my concept to fresh paper, maybe twice as big, polished up the pencils, and then inked it with PITT pens. I then scanned it in to Photoshop, and colored it the way I've done 90% of my covers.

After it was completed with the white background, my art director informed me that the cover before this ALSO featured a white background, and asked me if I'd consider an actual color. I chose red because I like reiterating the whole 'red curtain' theatre motif to Zatanna, and there you go.

I gave my boss two versions: when that was just red, and one with an actual red curtain implied, and we went with the red curtain. God bless Baz Luhrman!
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DonHusband Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I got a new inspiration... thanks and i love the online tutorials you do for copic!
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Omnipotrent Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Brilliant!!!
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TRANCON Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work Adam :-)
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comicsfun Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Gr8 way to show the evolution of a cover & from concept art to finished art. Always enjoyed your work since the early Ghost days!!
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DavidPedrozaMc Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
amazing!
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vicmac Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Woah, you are great, i'm in love with this
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AliaOfTheKnife Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Well done.
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WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Vedy nice! When you switched the background to red, did you actually shade the lower parts of her legs red too? Or is that just a trick on the eyes?
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I think I added some red, so that she felt more a part of the background.
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kateyparr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
How do you go from B&W to colour? Really awesome to see the progress, you sir are a genius :)
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