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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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:icongoduvthundr76:
goduvthundr76 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
very cool
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:iconjbyrd117:
jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Chris, I literally look at this picture almost every day.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Hehe, thanks! That's awesome!
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:iconjbyrd117:
jbyrd117 Featured By Owner 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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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
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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GABaker-Author Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist
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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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Thank you very much.
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santivill Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
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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fedres420 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
This is mine, and I didn't know it was posted until cruising the net today (that sounds icky). Great piece and I can't wait until my name comes around again! Thanks chris!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Hey man. Yeah, if you like my work (that should be a safe assumption heh) check back in here regularly. I post up a lot of my commissions and published work. Thanks for the support:)
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not sure which is more impressive: That you did this with markers or that this was your first attempt with color!
It looks Fantastic!

As far as "convinced I ruined it a dozen different times", I know exactly where you're coming from.
I've had a couple of pictures(including one that became the heading for my website) that I nearly threw away,
but then thought, "I'll sleep on it and make my decision tomorrow".
And then the next day I thought, "Hey, this isn't so bad..."
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Hasgarn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah it's pretty hard.
You say it.

But, if this is your first painting, well you did some great job !!

Color contrast (Green light and red shadows), grey valor (you master that point as far as I can see, and you succeded in transposing it in color), atmosperic perspective (the closest is the subject, the most contrasted and saturated in color it is).

Your images are not contrasted enough yet, but, that is really good !

Congrats, man !
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KAIndigo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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Kveldvaahiim Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really hate colour too. I'm not bad at it, but I just hate the result because I prefer muted colours. :shrug: Do you find not using much colour hinders you in terms of employment?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Well, so far no one has hired me for color. You could say its because they like my b/w work..or maybe its just because I dont have much color under my belt. Not sure. It's something I barely comprehend when I'm working on it. Greyscale..no problem. That makes sense to me, but color....
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Kveldvaahiim Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, and thank you for answering my questions too :)
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Kveldvaahiim Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hear you totally - I can completely hate an image once I've coloured it. Your grayscale work is beautiful though, as is the limited colour you sometimes put on it (and indeed your colouring attempt here) I don't personally think it detracts from your work, rather it adds it's own uniqueness.
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Awesome!!!!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Great Doctor Strange!! Beautiful piece and you captured the feel perfectly. Love to see Doc drawn like this.
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TwistedandEvil Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Great stuff as always... so jealous of your skillzzzz lol.
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orabich Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!!
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:iconpinello:
Pinello Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
possibly one of the best we've seen from you. Awesome job!
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I wish I could favorite this twice.
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Blasterkid Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
looks great!
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Volkan-Kinaci Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic piece!
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kkirven Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Wha......you kicked colors A$$!!! This rocks Chris!
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E-Mann Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional
I'd say that is a success great job man
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Xavier-Ninjit Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks awesome. i've tried colorig but never can find the colors
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
this came out awesome man. the colors on doc strange's clothes is on point.
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theWudge Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
is that just pencils over your copics er what
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I'm not sure what you mean.
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:iconthewudge:
theWudge Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
i geuss im kinda asking How the copic markers are tied into the piece.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Hmm.. Still not sure, but I use greyscale Prismacolor markers to help render and define the details and color Copics on top of the grays. It's a bit more involved than that, but that's the basic process.
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theWudge Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
thank you. thats the answer i was aiming for. thanks so much
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I.
FUCKING.
LOVE.
THIS.


The colors and everything are beautiful.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I appreciate it, man.
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:iconjbyrd117:
jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It has this wonderful sci-fi novel cover illustration type color palette to it. What was your thought process behind the pink on the golem dudes?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Thanks. It's actually a pretty bright red but when I put it on top of the grey and brown, it came out looking pinkish. I was just trying to add a bit of depth to it. The piece was looking pretty flat. Still does a bit, but I guess that's all part of the learning process.
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
If I were you and you ever tried doing this same picture again I wouldn't change a thing. Everything about it is gorgeous. I'm an Illustration major (nothing on my DA profile though haha) and I see a LOT of art and comic art every day and I have to say I love that illustration.
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Mr-Greeley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Stunning! The lighting, the composistion, the rendering! All great! Your anatomy is spot on, and you have taken to color quite well. Better than I am for sure! The only thing off for me is Stephen's facial expression. Not really sure how he feels about this situation lol.

The white out line seperating him from the mindless ones is AWESOME. Just the slightest graphic touch to get him to pop. Well done mate!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thank you very much.
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
awesome...u paint better with markers than i do with actual paint :D
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BrandonNielsen87 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
WOW!! This is truly the first. It'll just get better and better the more you do it.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thanks. I hope you're right.
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:iconultramanj:
ultramanj Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I love Dr. Strange and this is wonderful.
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:iconartmegafan:
artmegafan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
just amazing!!
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SasaBralic Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hard but awesome work though!
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DaniloVol1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Those are some sweet colors man, I love it!
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