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Sorceror Supreme by ChristopherStevens Sorceror Supreme by ChristopherStevens
I finally took the plunge into color. And not to my surprise....it's pretty damn hard. Me and color have never gotten along, but I'm determined to move on and get better at it.

This was my first attempt and I dont hate it. It was a real learning experience and I was convinced I'd ruined it a dozen different times, but the final results could've been so much worse. Because of my trial and error approach to color, these take me a lot longer to finish, but that's how it goes sometimes with art.

Prismacolor and Copic markers with white paint on vellum bristol board.

Dr. Strange and the Mindless Ones Marvel Comics
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jbyrd117 Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Chris, I literally look at this picture almost every day.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
Hehe, thanks! That's awesome!
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jbyrd117 Oct 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What did you find so difficult about working in color when you drew that picture?
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:iconchristopherstevens:
The main thing with color markers is that theres only a couple shades of any given color. With grey, I've got 10 shades to work with and I use all of them to get the rendering I want. Color doesnt have that, so I have to use my grey markers to help with the shading and it's pretty tricky to combine the two without it looking like crap.
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jbyrd117 Nov 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So for some of the color values did you put gray down first and then color over that?
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:iconchristopherstevens:
At first, I put the greys down first, but later started putting a flat color down, then shading it with greys and then adding a bit of darker color. I did a bit of both in this piece.
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:icongabaker-author:
Ah yes, the Doctor is in! I love Dr. Strange, such an under appreciated character. Your coloring is spot on, this is really great piece.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
Thank you very much.
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:iconsantivill:
i like it. its got a bit of an old school feel, prolly from the color choice but i dig it. great stuff as usual man!
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